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Game Boy Advance
The indigo version of the original Game Boy Advance.
|Product family||Game Boy line|
|Type||Handheld game console|
|Release date||Game Boy Advance:|
March 21, 2001 BRAAUS June 20, 2001June 22, 2001 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
|Discontinued||2008 NAAUS May 16, 20092009 KORHK 20092009 EU|
|Units sold||81.51 million (as of June 30, 2010[update])|
|Power||2 × AA batteries|
|CPU||ARM7TDMI @ 16.78 MHz, Zilog Z80 @ 8 or 4 MHz|
|Memory||32 KB internal, 256 KB external, 96 KB VRAM|
|Display||TFT LCD, 240×160 pixels, 40.8×61.2 mm|
|Best-selling game||Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, 16 million combined|
|Game Boy, Game Boy Color|
(GBA and GBA SP only)
|Predecessor||Game Boy Color (1998)|
|Successor||Nintendo 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.
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, 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
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
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.
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