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Game Boy Advance
Gameboy advance logo.svg
The indigo version of the original Game Boy Advance.
DeveloperNintendo R&E
Product familyGame Boy line
TypeHandheld game console
GenerationSixth generation
Release dateGame Boy Advance:
March 21, 2001[1] BRAAUS June 20, 2001June 22, 2001[2] INDGame Boy Advance SP:
February 14, 2003 CANAUS April 10, 2003CHN December 1, 2003KOR January 18, 2004AGS-101:CHN 2003September 19, 2005 NAGame Boy Micro:
September 13, 2005 NAAUS November 3, 2005November 4, 2005 KOR
Retail availability2001–2010[3]
Discontinued2008 NAAUS May 16, 20092009 KORHK 20092009 EU
Units sold81.51 million (as of June 30,  2010 (2010 -06-30))[3]
MediaROM cartridge
Power2 × AA batteries
CPUARM7TDMI @ 16.78 MHz, Zilog Z80 @ 8 or 4 MHz
Memory32 KB internal, 256 KB external, 96 KB VRAM
DisplayTFT LCD, 240×160 pixels, 40.8×61.2 mm[4]
Best-selling gamePokémon Ruby and Sapphire, 16 million combined[5]
Game Boy, Game Boy Color
(GBA and GBA SP only)
PredecessorGame Boy Color (1998)[6]
SuccessorNintendo DS (2004)

The Game Boy Advance, commonly abbreviated as GBA, is a 32-bit handheld video game console. It was manufactured by Nintendo. The predecessors to the Game Boy Advance were the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. The Game Boy Advance was eventually succeeded by the Nintendo DS in 2004.

The Game Boy Advance was released in Japan on 21 March 2001. Nintendo later released it in North America on 11 June 2001, in Australia on 20 June 2001, and in Europe on 22 June 2001.

Other models

Game Boy Advance SP

A Game Boy Advance SP.

The Game Boy Advance SP (announced in 2002) is one of the two Game Boy Advance variations, first released in Japan on February 14, 2003, in Europe on March 23, 2003,[7] in North America on March 28, 2003, and in Australia on April 10, 2003. It is similar to the original model, but it has a "clamshell" design, meaning that it can be folded to open and close which was later used in all the DS and 3DS models except the original 2DS. The Game Boy Advance SP has a rechargeable battery, and it does not run on two AA batteries. The Game Boy Advance SP has a backlit screen, meaning it has a bright screen (older versions of the GBA SP have a frontlit screen). Like its predecessor, it is backwards compatible with GB and GBC games.

Game Boy Micro

A Game Boy Micro.
The Game Boy Micro is the size of a Nintendo Entertainment System controller. The control pad is similar to the Nintendo DS Lite system.

The Game Boy Micro is one of the two variations of the Game Boy Advance and is the last model in the Game Boy Line (alongside the AGS-101 model of the SP) announced at E3 2005. Development of the Micro began in 2004. It is smaller than most handhelds and is designed to fit inside coin pockets. It retains a rechargeable battery and backlit screen from the Game Boy Advance SP. The Game Boy Micro removed backwards compatibility with original Game Boy and Game Boy Color games as it is not compatible with accessories made for the GBA and SP. It also is incompatible with the Nintendo e-Reader. The Game Boy Micro also has a removable face plate for alternative designs. The Micro did not sell well as it was overshadowed by its successor, the Nintendo DS, which also plays GBA games.

  • Size: 50×101×17.2 mm (2×4×0.7 in)
  • Weight: 80 g (2.8 oz)
  • Processor: 32-bit 16.8 MHz ARM processor (ARM7TDMI)
  • Colors: various
  • Screen: 51 mm / 2 inches, backlit with adjustable brightness.
  • Resolution: 240×160 pixels
  • Battery: built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It has up to five hours of battery life with top brightness and sound and eight hours with both features on default.
  • Headphones: standard 3.5mm headphone jack[8]

The Game Boy Micro has a switch on its right side to make the volume lower or higher. If the player presses the L shoulder button, it can be used to adjust the backlit screen between five different brightness levels.


  1. "Game Boy Advance: It's Finally Unveiled". IGN. August 23, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  2. Bramwell, Tom (March 21, 2001). "GBA Day: June 22nd". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Consolidated Sales Transition by Region" (PDF). Nintendo. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  4. "Technical data". 
  5. Rose, Mike (October 15, 2013). "Pokemon X & Y sell 4M copies in first weekend". Gamasutra. Think Services. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  6. Umezu, Sugino & Konno. Interview: Transcript with Satoru Iwata. Nintendo 3DS (Volume 3 – Nintendo 3DS Hardware Concept). Assessed on March 7, 2011.
  7. Game Boy Advance SP on IGN
  8. Nintendo Game Boy Micro reviewLua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Category handler/data' not found.Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Category handler/data' not found.[dead link]". cNetUK. Retrieved on 08-20-09.