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The Nintendo GameBoy Advance Thread
« on: September 23, 2020, 04:45:05 AM »

There's no thread dedicated to this system, so I'm creating one.  I have both the original GBA and the GBA SP, as the latter has the lit screen.  To be honest, both have horrible screens and, even backlit, it can be hard to enjoy some of the games.  I think I'm going to replace the displays on my units with modern IPS screens to better enjoy them.  In any case, here is some info on this handheld from Nintendo and two video reviews.

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The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a 32-bit handheld game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo as the successor to the Game Boy Color. It was released in Japan on March 21, 2001, in North America on June 11, 2001, in Australia and Europe on June 22, 2001, and in mainland China on June 8, 2004 as iQue Game Boy Advance. The GBA is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles. The original model does not have an illuminated screen; Nintendo addressed that with the release of a redesigned model with a frontlit screen, the Game Boy Advance SP, in 2003. A newer revision of the redesign was released in 2005, with a backlit screen. The final redesign, the Game Boy Micro, was released in 2005.

As of June 30, 2010, 81.51 million units of the Game Boy Advance series have been sold worldwide. Its successor, the Nintendo DS, was released in November 2004 and is also compatible with Game Boy Advance software.

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This is a review by OSReviews of the SP model from 2019.
https://youtu.be/c1zgg5okN0Q

This a review by Game Sack of the original model from 2019.
https://youtu.be/PqrXmDaplUI

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Re: The Nintendo GameBoy Advance Thread
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2020, 20:08:10 PM »
I have GBA player for Gamecube and a couple of games. I only bought it because it was going for a good price - many years ago now. I have Mario Kart Super Circuit which is a really nice game and a Castlevania game - which I cannot remember the name of.

I consider the original a waste of time. I simply cannot see anything on it. I also own a GBA-SP but I only got it (cheap) primarily to be able to play Pacman Vs on Gamecube. Of course I can also play the few games I have on the move too. Even the SP is only front-lit for some reason but it's light years ahead of the original.

The GBA Micro looks to be a lovely little item but I doubt I could play anything on for a any length of time without hand cramp. A desirable thing nevertheless.

It's library is as interesting as it is vast but I'm not really into handhelds all that much.

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Re: The Nintendo GameBoy Advance Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2020, 17:14:41 PM »
I have a GBA Player for my GameCube as well.  It's a cool way to play the games.  Certainly much easier to see than on the crappy screen on the GBA!
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