JP: January 31, 2003
Hamtaro Card-e ( ハム太郎カードｅ) is a series of cards released for the Nintendo e-Reader in Japan. These cards were never released outside of Japan, due to the e-Reader's declining popularity in other regions.
General InformationNot much is known about these cards due to their obscurity and the fact that they were never released outside of Japan. Each card has a character's name and picture, as well as 2 dot codes that can be scanned into the e-Reader. The cards contain hamsters as well has humans, and e-Reader content varies from card to card.
Types of Cards
There are 3 different types of cards in the Hamtaro series.
The first kind of cards are minigame cards. Several of these cards are grouped together, and when all the required dot codes are scanned, a minigame will begin.
The second type of cards are Information cards. Each of these cards are independent, and do not require any other cards to operate. After scanning the dot codes on the card, a screen will display a picture of that character as well as a text window at the bottom of the screen. Each card contains questions for you to answer. Sometimes, answering all of the questions correctly is required to view the information page. Other times, the information page will be available from the beginning. The questions may not always be about that particular character, however, and may quiz you on Ham-Chat as well as other things.
The third type of cards are "Theater Limited Version" set. From the limited knowledge we have of this e-Reader series, these cards may have been distributed at a screening of Hamtaro: The Captive Princess and contain cards of the Minihamuzu and the Mo Hams. It is currently not known if the cards are required to work with others in order to be used, as the same text appears on most of them.
Although the Game Boy Advance is region free, the e-Reader and its cards are not. While the e-Reader itself can be used in any region's Game Boy Advance, the cards that are scanned into it must be of the same region as the e-Reader. Furthermore, in cases where cards can be linked to GameCube and Game Boy Advance games (Such as Animal Crossing for the GameCube and Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire for the Game Boy Advance) the games must also be the same region as the cards and the e-Reader.
It is currently unknown if any of the cards can be linked to any of the Hamtaro games. However, some are rumored to be compatible with Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite.
List of Cards
Cards that Contain Minigames
Controls for each game will vary. When controls are described, "the button" refers to either the A or B buttons, as both perform the same action. The D-Pad isn't used in all games, but in those that it is used, it is used to move around the screen.
Also requires Bijou and Barrette.
Also requires Hamtaro and Barrette.
|In this game, Hamtaro runs in a wheel. Help Hamtaro speed up by pressing the button in time with the blue text.|
Also requires Hamtaro and Bijou.
Also requires Penelope.
Also requires Pashmina.
In this game, Pashmina throws Penelope into the air to collect stars. The goal is to collect at least 35 stars in one minute. Press the button to throw Penelope into the air.
You can press and hold the button to launch Penelope higher, the longer it is held down, the higher she will go.
Also requires Spat.
Also requires Howdy.
In this game, the goal is to clear all of the beads on the abacus off the screen. This can only be accomplished in a set numbr of moves. Move Howdy around the screen and use the button to push the beads in the direction he's facing.
If the beads being pushed match beads of the same color, that row will be moved automatically, and all beads cleared. The game ends if any beads are left that cannot be matched.
Also requires Harmony.
Also requires Boss.
Help Boss dig up [something] by following the directions on screen. You will be told how many spaces up, down, left, or right you need to move in order to find the right spot. Press the button to dig! The game ends when you find nothing in a hole.
Also requires Postie.
Also requires Cappy.
In this game, you help Cappy collect items of various colors on his head. Move underneath the faling objects to catch them. Match 3 of the same color, and they will disappear, awarding you a point.
Miss 10 items, and the screen moves up. If at any time, the tower of items on Cappy's head touches the top of the screen, the game ends.
Also requires Haibi
Also requires Snoozer.
|Push Snoozer to avoid the falling spike balls. Pressing the button causes Hamtaro to jump. Push Snoozer in the direction Hamtaro is facing, if he's up against a wall, jump to push him to the other side!|
Also requires Shuppatsu.
Also requires Oxnard.
|Repeatedly press the button to eat sunflower seeds! Alternating between the A and B buttons makes it slightly easier. A counter on screen will show how many bites are left until Oxnard has completely eaten the seed. After eating 8 seeds, the time limit will be extended.|
Cards that contain Information
- Seamore's card depicts him as having orange fur, like Hamtaro. However, in all of his other appearances, his fur is brown.
- Hamtaro's mini-game is the only one that requires 3 cards (6 dot codes) to be scanned, all the other mini-games require 2.