How to Connect a Game Boy Color With an Infrared Port

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The Nintendo Game Boy Color features a small infrared port. You'll find it on the top of the handheld, on the left side. The infrared port allows for short gaming exchanges between two Game Boy Color systems, but isn't intended for in-depth multiplayer. For example, in Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version, you can use the infrared port to quickly exchange a "mystery gift" item with a friend, but you'll still need the Game Boy Color Link Cable for more in-depth options, such as battling or trading Pokémon.

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  1. 1

    Check your Game Boy Color game's documentation to see if it supports the infrared port feature.

  2. 2

    Start your game and proceed to the part of the game that utilises the infrared port (in the aforementioned Pokémon example, you would choose "Mystery Gift" from the main menu). Note that both Game Boy Color systems need to have the game inserted for the feature to work.

  3. 3

    Align the two Game Boy Color systems using the raised triangle (just above the screen) as a guide. Place them on a flat surface for increased stability, and ensure they're no more than 1.5 to 2 inches apart. Keep the infrared connection free from any obstructions or direct sunlight.

  4. 4

    Follow the on-screen instructions to make the connection (in the Pokémon example you would press the "A" button to swap mystery gifts with your friend).

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