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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (Game Boy Color)

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Title Screen

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

Also known as: Elmo in Grouchland
Developer: Bonsai Interactive
Publishers: NewKidCo (US), Ubi Soft (EU)
Platforms: Game Boy, Game Boy Color
Released in US: October 1999
Released in EU: November 2000

DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DummyIcon.png This game has unusual dummy files.

DCIcon.png This game has a Data Crystal page

So very stubbly.
This page is rather stubbly and could use some expansion.
Are you a bad enough dude to rescue this article?

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland is a game based off the 1999 movie of the same name, and is also the shortest Game Boy game.

Developer Message

Starting at 40000 in the European ROM, is a developer message talking about how they filled the rest of the cartridge. And they are also asking to retrieve the .gifs from the ROM file for a prize. Amusingly, when blogger Cabel Sasser called Roger Amidon in 2012, he was quite surprised and admitted he didn't know what to give to the finder.

Hello There Pilgrim...

If you have hacked this ROM, you no doubt are reading
this text. This game is basically a 2 Meg. Game. However,
Nintendo, in their infinite wisdom, has decreed that the
smallest ROM they will produce for the Gameboy Color is
8 Meg. -- Now, what to put in that empty 6 Meg.? So, the
developers of the game decided to put .GIF pictures of
themselves into the game. Why not? Might as well fill the
void with something entertaining. See if you can retrieve
them from this ROM. If you do, you win the prize. Please
call (609) 466-2092 (in New Jersey, USA) if you have been
able to view the two .GIF pictures, located in the rest of
the upper 6 Megs of this ROM. We will have a nice reward
for you...

Good Luck!

Roger W. Amidon
September 28, 2000

Unused Graphics

True to the developer's words, there are two .gif files hidden at 80000 and C0000:
Elmo in Grouchland devpicture2.gif Elmo in Grouchland devpicture1.gif

The first picture is of programmer Roger Amidon and his two sons. The second picture presumably has some of the other developers, but their identities are currently unknown.

(Source: BigFred, cabel.me)