With the Game Boy Advance's later launch, however, the Game Boy series was abandoned. The Game Boy Color, released in Japan on September 21, 2000, and in North America a year later, made it possible for core gamers to play Nintendo's original Game Boy games, and also to play Game Boy Advance games using a Serial Link cable. Its first wave of releases filled many of the peripheral gaps which the Nintendo 64, GameCube and Game Boy Advance cartridges had left. The GBC's most notable outputs were games that expanded upon the multiplayer capabilities of the Mario Kart series, such as Mario Kart Arcade GP Touch, Mario Kart Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Tour, as well as the Mario Party, Smash Bros. and Pikmin series.
On September 23, 2010, Nintendo caved to pressure from collectors and parents by adding the Game Boy to the company's regular DS download store. This was not only an acknowledgment of the property's continued cultural and financial impact, but also represented a move to regain a portion of the market that piracy had claimed for many years.
Nintendo has stated that they believe that most uses of Virtual Boy games would be as display systems to show demos of games to potential buyers at conventions. VR motion controls and advanced game content like level editors and new player characters, all of which would require key business decisions to be reconsidered were Virtual Boy cartridges not to be available for purchase. However, due to high production costs (the Virtual Boy was the most expensive video game console to be developed before its launch), it remained profitable to Nintendo only if there was a sufficient amount of games containing Virtual Boy game content, so subscriptions were offered via the Game Micropayment Service through their Pri Garden.
Virtual Boy games were extremely rare and expensive to produce, making a huge contribution to the decline of the Virtual Boy quickly after its initial release. Offering a rare chance to play the Virtual Boy games on the Virtual Boy Virtual Console has received praise from places like Famitsu and IGN. d2c66b5586