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Game Boy Camera/Regional Differences

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This is a sub-page of Game Boy Camera.

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Title Screen

Japan US/Europe
You're on Fire, Mario! Heyyy, Macarena!

The name and dancing Mario were both changed for the international releases.


Main Menu

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-MainMenu-JP.png GBCamera-MainMenu-INT.png

The Pocket Camera logo was removed and "SHOOT" and "VIEW" switched places for the international releases. The menu names also aren't in bubbles in the international releases and are in rectangles instead.


Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-ViewMenu-JP.png GBCamera-ViewMenu-INT.png

The text "SPORADIC VACUUM", a developer's (Hirokazu Tanaka) nickname, got removed from international releases, probably because most gamers outside of Japan wouldn't know what it means.


Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-SpaceUserName-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceUserName-INT.png "OWNER NAME" was changed to "USER NAME" for the international releases.
GBCamera-SpaceRecord-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceRecord-INT.png "REPORT" was changed to "RECORD" for the international releases.
GBCamera-SpaceHi-Score-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceHi-Score-INT.png "SCORE" was changed to "HI-SCORE" for the international releases.
GBCamera-SpaceCredits-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceCredits-INT.png "STAFF ROLL" was changed to "CREDITS" for the international releases.

In the US/European version, the top of the screen is covered with a duplicate of the text (with the black overlay) at the bottom, apparently, because someone was too lazy to bother erasing the text from the background image. The black overlay also means that it is no longer possible to see the top portion of the space background, however the tiles that make up that portion are still present in VRAM; just unused.


Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-Animation-JP.png GBCamera-Animation-INT.png

This menu was completely changed for the international releases, with a Western animation style rather than a Japanese anime style.


Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-LinkMenu-JP.png GBCamera-LinkMenu-INT.png

This menu was renamed from "ACCESS" to "LINK".


Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-PrintMenu-JP.png GBCamera-PrintMenu-INT.png

The image of a printer ink refill syringe was changed to an image of the Game Boy Printer, probably to avoid confusion with a medical syringe based on Nintendo's censorship policies. The trademark symbol was moved and made clearer to read.

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-PrintOptionMenu-JP.png GBCamera-PrintOptionMenu-INT.png

"LINE" was changed to the plural "LINES". Curiously, the Japanese version already uses the plural "PHOTOS". "POCKET PRINTER" was localised to "PRINTER". There are two ellipsis next to "CANCEL" rather than the original four next to "やめる" probably to account for space. Rather than translating "かんかく" to "SPACE", the English version uses "MARGIN". Additionally, ごうけい means "TOTAL", but to avoid redundancy this was changed to "PRINT".

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-Printing-JP.png GBCamera-Printing-INT.png

The screen that appears as a picture is printing was edited slightly. The big "Love" graphic was removed, as was the name of the bear enemy from Super Mario Land 2 (Tamanoripu).


Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-StandBy-JP.png GBCamera-StandBy-INT.png

The "stand by" screen that appears when transferring pictures between two Game Boy Cameras is different between both versions. The international versions uses art of Peach and Wario from Mario Kart 64. In the Japanese version, there is an inverted picture of two people in an Ukiyo style, and Nintendo's first logo and text which translates to "full of ideas". The original Nintendo logo fades in and out.

Nintendo produced various products with Ukiyo-e, primarily Hanafuda playing cards. It's unknown if this image is taken from one of their earlier works, but it's entirely possible.


Japan US/Europe
I know I'm not! GBCamera-SpecialMenu-INT.png

The strange image in the Japanese release was changed to an image of Mario for the international releases.

Album B

These are pictures that come pre-loaded with the device. Since they were all rearranged for the international releases, they've been organized by region exclusives.


Japanese Exclusive Pictures
Picture Description
GBCamera-B05-JP.png B05
A Japanese school timetable.
GBCamera-B06-JP.png B06
Artwork from one of Nintendo's old Hanafuda cards.
GBCamera-B07-JP.png B07
On the left, it says "Congratulations". On the right, it says "Midsummer greetings".
GBCamera-B08-JP.png B08
Translates to "Please wait a moment."
GBCamera-B11-JP.png B11
A picture of a girl and a rabbit playing with a string phone.
GBCamera-B12-JP.png B12
Looks like a hot-blooded high school student. He's more or less saying "What the...?!"
(Translations: RahanAkero, divingkataetheweirdo)
International Exclusive Pictures
Picture Description
GBCamera-B03-INT.png B03
A simple gray screen to complement the black and the white ones.
GBCamera-B08-INT.png B08
The left one is a hanging scroll.
GBCamera-B13-INT.png B13
This guy appears as a boss in the Space Fever II minigame.
GBCamera-B14-INT.png B14
GBCamera-B15-INT.png B15
GBCamera-B16-INT.png B16
Pokémon Blue Charizard and Venusaur with Pokémon Red/Green Blastoise and Mewtwo. A similar picture appears as an unlockable in the Japanese version, except Raichu appears instead of Mewtwo.


Japanese Exclusive Pictures
Picture Description
GBCamera-B17-JP.png B17
Characters from the Game & Watch game Judge.
GBCamera-B19-JP.png B19
Character art of the enemy Tamanoripu from Super Mario Land 2. His name is written above him.
GBCamera-B22-JP.png B22
Pokémon Blue Charizard, Venusaur, and Raichu with Pokémon Red/Green Blastoise. A similar picture appears in the international versions, except Raichu has been replaced with Mewtwo.
GBCamera-B23-JP.png B23
Pokémon Red/Green Jolteon, Porygon, and Snorlax.

Chansey is actually an early version of its sprite from Pokémon Gold, released nearly two years later! The early version seen here can also be found in the game's Space World 1997 demo, dated three months prior to the release of Pocket Camera.

GBCamera-B24-JP.png B24
Pokémon Red/Green sprites of Articuno, Zapdos, Dragonite, and Mewtwo.
International Exclusive Pictures
Picture Description
GBCamera-B17-INT.png B17
Character art of Wario from Wario Land II.
GBCamera-B19-INT.png B19
Character art of Luigi and Peach.
GBCamera-B22-INT.png B22
Package art from an early Nintendo toy, the Space Ball.
GBCamera-B23-INT.png B23
Characters used for the Game & Watch's alarm function. The trumpet guy is from Fire Attack and the bear is from Lion.
GBCamera-B24-INT.png B24
Character art of Small Wario from Wario Land.
GBCamera-B25-INT.png B25
A sketch of Mario, Baby Mario, and Yoshi. The text translates to "super fast camera".
GBCamera-B26-INT.png B26
A photo of R.O.B.
GBCamera-B27-INT.png B27
Character art of Boo from Mario Kart 64.
GBCamera-B28-INT.png B28
Character art of Toad from Mario Party.
GBCamera-B29-INT.png B29
Character art of Mario and Donkey Kong Jr. from, well, Donkey Kong Jr.
GBCamera-B30-INT.png B30
Character art of Mario from Super Mario 64.


These are a few minigames you can play. They have a "game face" feature that allows you to implant your face into the game. The faces shown here are optional pre-loaded ones you can play with.

Space Fever II

A supposed sequel to Nintendo's early Space Invaders knockoff for arcades.

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-SpaceFever2Logo-JP.png GBCamera-SpaceFever2Logo-INT.png The "II" in the middle of the title graphic was made a bit taller for the international releases.
GBCamera-GameFace6-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace6-INT.png This is the first boss of the game. The second one is identical.
GBCamera-SF2Congrats-JP.png GBCamera-SF2Congrats-INT.png Upon beating the third boss (your own game face), this message is displayed, and the game loops back to the beginning (but a bit faster this time). The grammar in the message was fixed for the international versions.


A remake of the Game & Watch game of the same name.

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-GameFace3-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace3-INT.png This is the first face option.
GBCamera-GameFace2-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace8-INT.png This is the second face option.
GBCamera-BallFace-JP.png GBCamera-BallFace-INT.png The face that appears when you lose got changed for the international releases.


Not really a game but a music-making application.

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-DJMessage-JP.png GBCamera-DJMessage-INT.png Some of the main menu's text was changed for the international releases. The Japanese version also starts you off on the "Save Data" icon, while the international versions starts on the "Sample" icon.
GBCamera-GameFace4-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace4-INT.png This is the first face option. The second one is identical.
GBCamera-DJSound1-JP.png GBCamera-DJSound1-INT.png The name of the program was changed from TRIPY-H to TRIPPY-H. The "frequency" abbreviation was also changed from "FEQ." to "FRQ."
GBCamera-DJNoise-JP.png GBCamera-DJNoise-INT.png Another instance of the name change.

Run! Run! Run!

An unlockable game that involves racing a bird and a mole by doing a lot of button mashing.

Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-RunRunRunTitle-JP.png GBCamera-RunRunRunTitle-INT.png The title screen was completely changed for the international releases and actually represents what the game is about.
The music that plays on this screen was also changed. In both versions of the game, these two songs can also be heard in the game's Animation mode as song No. 04 (International version) and song No. 28 (Japanese version).
GBCamera-GameFace3-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace7-INT.png This is the first face option. The Japanese version reuses a face from Ball.
GBCamera-GameFace6-JP.png GBCamera-GameFace2-INT.png This is the second face option. The Japanese version reuses a face from Space Fever II.



Japan US/Europe Description
GBCamera-Frame01-JP.png GBCamera-Frame01-INT.png No. 01
GBCamera-Frame02-JP.png GBCamera-Frame02-INT.png No. 02
GBCamera-Frame07-JP.png GBCamera-Frame07-INT.png No. 07
GBCamera-Frame09-JP.png GBCamera-Frame09-INT.png No. 09


Tall frames that can only be selected when printing a picture.

Japan US/Europe Description
No. 02
A Pokémon frame featuring Red riding a bicycle was changed to a Super Mario World frame.
No. 03
The Pocket Camera logo was appropriately changed to the Game Boy Camera logo.
No. 05
Another Pokémon frame featuring Blastoise was changed to a The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening frame.
No. 06
Yet another Pokémon frame, this one featuring Pikachu and Clefairy, was changed to a Wario Land frame. The Pokémon frame may refer to the planned but unreleased Pokémon Pink.
No. 07
This Mario Kart 64 frame is exclusive to the international versions. There is no 7th frame in the Japanese version.


You can paste these into your photos.

Japan US/Europe Description
The "small face" stamps are mostly identical, except for one. A stamp of a bulging eyeball was replaced with a big nose.
The number of big stamps, however, was considerably reduced for the international releases. The ringed bull nose and curly mustache are international exclusives. The ghost's face was also slightly edited.
The Pokémon Red/Green stamps were also heavily cut down. The first 10 stamps in the Japanese version are available from the start, while the last 10 are unlocked by scoring 500 points in Ball.

Interestingly, in both versions, the Pikachu stamp is actually from the early development of Pokémon Gold, which released two years after Pocket Camera. Until the game's Space World 1997 demo was leaked onto the internet in 2018, this connection was completely unknown, as its sprite was completely redrawn between the demo and the final game.

These Mario stamps are exclusive to international releases.

The Japanese postal marker (〒) and yen (¥) stamps were removed. There are now stamps for the cent sign (¢) and pound sign (£). Specifically, the stamps in the fourth row (top to bottom) 〒$¥, become $¢£.

Four stamps from the Japanese version (from left-to right), were originally three particles (suggesting the player should look where the glove is pointing), a pointing glove, "check" (チェック) and "look, look!" (みてみて!). These were replaced with indifferent, sad, happy faces and the copyright symbol (©) respectively.

Two rows of stamps were added to the bottom of the symbols stamps for the international releases.

Row one: Some small stamps occuping only the top portion of the tile space; two diagonal lines (lower and upper respectively), a curve, a straight line, as well as an at symbol (@).

Row two: four spray-paint like effects (lighter (completely white) through to darker), and possibly the five dot punctuation symbol (⁙).



Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-HotSpot-JP.png GBCamera-HotSpot-INT.png

The text "PICTRIP" was changed to "HOT-SPOT" for the international releases.

In the Japanese version, if you press B while a song is playing, the music will continue to play outside of the Hot-spot selection menu. The international versions will stop the music after exiting the menu.

If you attempt to set a Hot-spot in any of the Album B pictures, only the exit menu will appear. GameShark code 01??D8D5 ID 1E-3B will allow you to access the Album B photos.

Error Faces

Two of the three faces that appear when an error happens (or when you select Run in one of the menus) were changed for the international releases.

Japan US/Europe
Scary level : 2
Scary level : 3.5
Scary level : 3
Scary level : ∞+1

User IDs

Japan US/Europe
GameBoyCamera UserIDJP.png GameBoyCamera UserID.png

The Japanese User IDs begin with PC, e.g. PC-12345678, but in the international releases the PC was changed to GC, e.g. GC-12345678, because of the device's regional name change. The Japanese version allows you to record your blood type.


Japan US/Europe
GameBoyCamera CreditsIntroAnimationJP.gif GameBoyCamera CreditsIntroAnimation.gif

The intro animation of the credits was changed to scenes from Sheriff for the international versions.

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-CreditsEnd-JP.png GBCamera-CreditsEnd-INT.png

The sentence "Don't butter me up!" was removed from the ending picture of the (real) credits sequence.

Super Game Boy Borders

The logo on the border for the Super Game Boy has changed accordingly.

Japan US/Europe
GBCamera-SGBBorder-JP.png GBCamera-SGBBorder-INT.png