Game Boy Advance

The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a handheld video game console produced by Nintendo and released in Japan on March 21, 2001. On June 11, 2001 it was released in North America, June 22, 2001 in Australia and Europe, and on June 8, 2004 in the People’s Republic of China, except Hong Kong. Worldwide, 81.51 million units were sold before being discontinued in 2008.

In July 1996, in an issue of Game Informer magazine, reports of a new Game Boy would be released. It was codenamed Project Atlantis. The scheduled release for the new unit was early 1997, about the same time the Game Boy Color was released. The system was described as having a 32-bit RISC processor and it would allow playing of Super Nintendo games. This report of 1997 closely matches the Game Boy Advance system.

There were two revised models to the GBA, the Game Boy Advance SP, released in early 2003 was a redesigned GBA that resembled a small laptop computer and used a rechargeable battery.

The second model was called the Game Boy Micro which was much smaller than the original GBA and the user could change the looks with different-colored faceplates.

There were a variety of colors and special editions available for each of the models produced:

*Thirty different colors (10 basic), themes, and limited editions for the GBA.

*Fifty different colors (8 basic), themes, and limited editions for the GBA SP.

*Fourteen different colors (8 basic), themes, and special editions for the GB Micro.

The Game Boy Advance console measures 5.69 inches long, 3.2 inches wide, and .96 inches thick with a 2.9 inch reflective LCD color screen. It is powered by two AA batteries with an average of 15 hours of play. It has a 16.8 Mhz CPU and 32 KB plus 96 KB VRAM, internal memory and 256 KB of memory outside the CPU.

It is compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. There is a link port on top of the unit that allows it to be connected to other devices with a Game Link cable. There are over 1000 games available for the Game Boy Advance.

The last Japanese game title was Final Fantasy VI Advance, released in November 2006. The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night released November 2007 was the last European game, and Samurai Deeper Kyo was the last North American game released February 2008.

Several official accessories were released along with several unofficial accessories.


Wireless adaptor, Infra-Red adaptor, Game Cube cable, Play-Yan (MP3/MPEG4 player), e-Reader, cartoon videos, cleaning adaptor, AC adaptors, and a mobile adaptor.


Afterburner (front lighting system), Halo Light (an external light), Movie player, TV Tuner, Game Shark (cheat device), Action Replay (cheat device), Action Replay MAX Duo (cheat device), Worm Cam (camera), DigiCam SP (camera), Data Boy (allows GB, GBC, and GBA, games to be played), Flash Cartridges, and Glucoboy (a blood glucose monitor with built-in games for kids with diabetes).

Image Caption: A black Nintendo Game Boy Advance. Credit: Evan-Amos/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)