The Play-Yan is also compatible with the Game Boy Player, but compressed video does not play back as nicely on a television screen as it does on a small, portable screen.Therefore, the Game Boy Player is a somewhat unsuitable platform as well, at least compared to any standard DVD player.
It uses SD flash memory to play MP3 audio files and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video files.
It can also play 13 bonus mini-games, all of which are available freely on the Nintendo website in Japan.
Play-Yan Garage Games are not supported in the Play-Yan Micro.
Play-Yan was released in China by i Que under the name of MP4 Player for GBA.
If you had a Game Boy back in the day, you probably remember how special it was, or at least mine was to me.
It was the first time I experienced real handheld gaming.
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Released in 1985 in the USA, this 8-bit wonder brought joy to many was a revolutionary gaming device.
Sales of the Play-Yan were discontinued on September 11, 2005.
An updated version, the Play-Yan Micro (trademarked PLAY-YAN micro), known as the Nintendo MP3 Player in Europe, was released two days later alongside the similarly branded Game Boy Micro, with features such as MP4 and ASF support built directly into the hardware.
However, this may not have been the best thing to do.