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Game Boy Advance
Gba
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Handheld Video game console
Generation Sixth generation era
First available Flag of Japan March 21, 2001
Flag of the United States / Flag of Canada June 11, 2001
European flag / Flag of Australia June 22, 2001
CPU ARM7TDMI, 16.78 MHz
GPU Custom 2D core
Media Cartridge
System storage Cartridge
Units sold Worldwide: 81.24 million, all versions combined[1]
Top-selling game Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, 13 million combined
Predecessor Game Boy Color
Successor Game Boy Advance SP
The Game Boy Advance (ゲームボーイアドバンス Gēmu Bōi Adobansu?) is a handheld video game console. It is the successor to the original Game Boy and the Game Boy Color. It has a few notable design differences, including a screen that is wider than it is tall, as well as the screen being located between the buttons and not above them. Its accessories include the Game Boy Advance to Game Boy Cable and the Game Boy Advance to Game Boy Advance Cable, a light, and a Game Boy Advance to GameCube cable that allows the GBA to be used as a GameCube controller. The GBA was followed by the GBA SP, which included a flip screen and a built-in screen light, then by the Game Boy Micro.

Other ModelsEdit

Game Boy Advance SPEdit

In early 2003, Nintendo introduced a new Game Boy Advance (model AGS-001), with an internal front-light that can be turned on or off, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, as well as a folding case approximately half the original size. It was designed to address some common complaints with the original Game Boy Advance which was criticized for being somewhat uncomfortable, especially due to an overly dark screen. The Game Boy Advance SP also came with a new and much brighter LCD screen for improved playability.

Around the same time as the release of the Game Boy Micro, Nintendo released a new backlit version of the SP (model AGS-101) in North America (commonly referred to as the "GBA SP+"). The switch that controls the light now toggles between "normal" (which itself is already brighter than the original Game Boy Advance SP's screen), and "bright," an intense brightness level similar to an LCD television set.

Game Boy MicroEdit

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Game Boy Micro

In September 2005, Nintendo released a second redesign of the Game Boy Advance. This model, dubbed the Game Boy Micro, is similar in style to the original Game Boy Advance's horizontal orientation, but is much smaller and sleeker. The Game Boy Micro also allows the user an ability to switch between several colored faceplates to allow customization, a feature which Nintendo advertised heavily around the Game Boy Micro's launch. Nintendo also hoped that this "fashion" feature will help target audiences outside of typical video game players, much like its new Wii. Unlike the previous Game Boy Advance models, Game Boy Micro is unable to support Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles. The Game Boy Micro did not make much of an impact in the video game market, as it was overshadowed by Nintendo's other portable, the Nintendo DS.

Metroid gamesEdit

Metroid games for the GBAEdit

Metroid games playable through Game Boy backwards compatibilityEdit

Metroid cameos for the GBAEdit

  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • WarioWare: Twisted!

Metroid cameos playable through Game Boy backwards compatibilityEdit

  • F-1 Race
  • Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters
  • Wario Land II

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 05 Nintendo Annual Report - Nintendo Co., Ltd. pp. 9. Nintendo Co., Ltd. (2005-05-26). Retrieved on 2006-08-14.


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