In lieu of Nintendo’s recent foray into cards with AR cards for Kid Icarus: Uprising, I must remind everyone of another card-based enterprise started by Nintendo. Do you remember the Nintendo e-Reader? I do.
History of e-Reader CardsThis card-scanning add-on was released in Japan for the Game Boy Advance in December 2001. The original version did not support the link cable and could not be connected to the Gamecube. Later on, the e-Reader+ was released in Japan, this version did include the link cable support. In September 2002, the e-Reader was released in North America, this time with the link cable support. It was not successful at all. As a result, Nintendo canceled most of their projects with the add-on and pulled all support for it.
The whole project was horribly misconceived. Some cards came in sets and if one of those cards were missing, you could no longer use the data stored on them. The cards were also easy to lose or damage unless they were kept stored in a binder. They also received tremendous wear and tear as they had to be manually scanned, which could damage them.
People didn’t want to buy DLC in the form of a card. It is a pity because Nintendo put a lot of time and money into hyping and advertising this and as a result we, as the collectors, have a few really neat and interesting pieces of history to keep an eye out for.
Collecting e-Reader CardsIt is important to say that there is no stable market for these cards. You can just as easily buy a card for $5 dollars today and be able to sell it tomorrow for $50. Without this stable market, it is impossible to create a comprehensive price guide of them.
It is also not a well known fact but these cards can be printed using your own printer at home. This completely undermines the entire market but it is also important to note that not all of these cards have been scanned and finding the scans is a real pain.
You should never buy any e-Reader cards for any region other than the same region as the e-Reader you intend to scan them with. These cards are region locked.
Most Expensive e-Reader Cards5. Kirby Slide Card
4. Mario Party-e
The price for a complete set without the “Special Bonus Card” can be found for under $10 and with the “Special Bonus Card” the price doubles to $20.
3. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bro. 3-e
The Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bro. 3-e card set included two sets of 18 cards each, two pack-in cards, and five Walmart exclusive cards making a complete set of 43 cards. Finding all of them is nearly impossible but they unlock some really neat stuff in-game and might be worth purchasing just for what they do. You can find several incomplete sets on eBay ranging from $20-$40 but to find them all you might have to shovel out $60. If you find all 43 for cheaper, they are a good buy.
2. Eon Ticket
1. 2002 E3 e-Reader Pack
As you can imagine, this is pricey. I have seen these cards go for around $300. That is a lot for four pieces of paper but collectors are just that insane.
That concludes the TOP 5 MOST VALUABLE e-READER cards list! I want to reiterate that there is no stable market for e-reader cards and they are a niche collector's item. As far as I can tell, this is the first price guide. Since there is no stable market, you can find prices for all these items that vary wildly from my own numbers. Now is a good opportunity to buy these while they are cheap.
This article was made in Stevesesy (from thoseguys.tv)