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The Nintendo e-Reader is a Game Boy Advance add-on device that reads a special strip on e-Reader cards via an LED scanner. Its purpose is to unlock mini-games, items, levels or functions for games on the GBA, or as games in themselves. There are multiple available packs of Pikmin e-Reader cards, both released only in Japan after the release of Pikmin 2. Each card contains a number of simple Pikmin-based mini-games, which can be played by connecting the e-Reader to a Game Boy Player connected to a GameCube in which the Pikmin 2 disk is placed.
The sprites shown in these mini-games are some of the only official Pikmin sprites created by Nintendo to be used. The only other sprites are found in the Pikmin microgame in WarioWare DIY and the beta sprites found in the Gameboy Advance game, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.