Nintendo Gameboy Advance

The Game Boy Advance (ゲームボーイアドバンス, Gēmu Bōi Adobansu, often shortened to GBA) is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the popular Game Boy Color. It was released in Japan on March 21, 2001; in North America on June 11, 2001; in Australia on June 22, 2001, in Europe on June 22, 2001; and in the People's Republic of China on June 8, 2004 (excluding Hong Kong).

In 1996, magazines including issues 53 and 54 of Total! and the July 1996 issue of Game Informer featured reports of a new Game Boy, codenamed Project Atlantis. Although the expected release date of "early 1997" would make this machine seem to be the Game Boy Color, it was described as having "a 32-bit RISC processor" and "allowing similar to SNES standard games-playing to be played in the palm of your hand"—a description that more closely matches the Game Boy Advance.

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On December 1, 2006, Nintendo of America released launch-to-date information indicating that the Game Boy Advance series had sold 33.63 million units in the United States. As of September 30, 2007, the Game Boy Advance series has sold 80.48 million units worldwide, of which 42.82 million are Game Boy Advance SP units.

The Game Boy Advance has become the modern flagship of sprite-based games. With hardware superior to the Super NES it has proven that sprite-based technology could improve and live side by side with the 3D games of today's consoles. The Game Boy Advance not only has one's typical platformers, but also a huge collection of SNES-style RPGs. It has also become a popular system for old-school gamers due to the increasing amount of games ported from various 8-bit and 16-bit systems of the previous era.

Through the use of flash cartridges and emulators the Game Boy Advance can even play NES and TurboGrafx-16 games, as well as AGI-based Sierra On-Line PC adventure games. Backward compatibility for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games is provided by an 8.4 MHz Z80 co-processor, while a link port at the top of the unit allows it to be connected to other devices via use of a Nintendo Game Link cable or GameCube cable.

Many people have developed their own software to run on the Game Boy Advance. This is typically tested using emulators, and later written to flash cartridges to run on real consoles. Most such developers use a version of the GNU Compiler Collection (gcc) and program in either C or C++, though recently some developers have started using Free Pascal.

In early 2003, Nintendo upgraded the Gameboy Advance to the Gameboy Advance SPgiving it 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 very uncomfortable. 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 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.

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.

Nintendo's competitors in the handheld market were the Neo Geo Pocket Color, Bandai Swan Crystal, Game Park 32, Tapwave Zodiac and the Nokia N-Gage. Despite the competitors' best efforts, Nintendo maintained its majority market share with the Game Boy Advance.

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As dauntless knight Arthur you are caught up in the most dangerous of quests! A spell has been cast upon the kingdom. Your fair maiden, Princess Prin Prin has been snatched up by the evil emperor. Only as Arthur can you get her back from the creatures of the undead that haunt the land. Test your courage and skill to the limit. You must keep up the quest. On your journey, your mightiest weapon of all awaits you... MAGIC!

NES Classics - Super Mario Bros

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Join Mario on his Bowser-bashing Classic NES quest for the Game Boy Advance! Super Mario Bros. defined thet side-scrolling genre and propelled the heroic plumber to superstardom. Now you can revive those goomba-stompin' glory days of the '80s on your Game Boy Advance! Bowser and his evil henchmen have invaded the Mushroom Kingdom and kidnapped Princess Toadstool-it's up to Mario to come to the rescue and kick some Koopa!

NES Classics - Legend of Zelda

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Link's legendary first quest unfolds in the Classic NES adventure for the Game Boy Advance! The Legend of Zelda invented a genre and captivated a gaming generation. Now you can play the timeless NES adventure on your Game Boy Advance! The evil warlock Ganon has imprisoned Princess Zelda and plunged the peaceful land of Hyrule into darkness and despair. Only a young boy named Link has the courage to answer the call for a hero. Will he find the lost Triforce fragments, slay Ganon, and save Princess Zelda? Only you can decide the fate of Hyrule!

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Hey friend, Megaman needs your help! You have to keep the Net safe from viruses and cyber criminals that are threatening destruction. Are you up to the challenge? Good, then get ready to travel through virtual worlds fighting evil bosses, meeting new friends and finding those all-important new battle chips. Good Luck parter!

Klonoa - Empire of Dreams

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A grumpy Emperor suffering from insomnia has banned dreaming and imprisoned Klonoa for breaking the law. To prove his courage and win his freedom, Klonoa must defeat the monsters that are creating havoc throughout the empire. Help our hero in his most perilous journey yet and experience the all-new thrills!

Castlevania - Aria of Sorrow

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Konami's highly acclaimed Castlevania series continues with even more incredible action, superb gameplay and state of the art graphics. The year is 2035. You and your friend have been trapped inside the castle of the lord of darkness. Use all your skills to master the castle's secrets. Fight hordes of monsters with a wide range of weapons and magic spells. Capture the souls of your enemies to learn great new abilities. Try to escape and face your destiny! Unrivalled platform action with adventure and RPG elements.

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Become a Beyblade Champion! Explore an entire Beyblade world, where you'll challenge the greatest Beybladers and collect valuable Beyblade parts. Sharpen your battle skills on your quest to become World Champion!

Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP Pokemon Ruby Console Loose

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The Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP console - limited edition Pokemon Ruby version. The sequel to the most successful console of all time is here! This is the console and charger with a pokemon carry case. This console is tested and is in excellent condition.

Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP Metallic Pink Console Loose

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The Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP console. The sequel to the most successful console of all time is here! This is just the console and charger loose - the console is metallic pink. This console is tested and is in excellent condition.

Super Mario Advance 3 - Yoshis Island

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Yoshi's back baby! Make your way through 6 enormous worlds to stop Komek's evil plan. An incredible egg throwing adventure awaits in this Super NES classic, now powered up with all new features for the Game Boy Advance. The Mario Bros arcade game is also included so link with up to 4 players using a single Game Pak and play the timeless classic. Or connect with Super Mario Adventure Game Paks for Multi-Pak madness!

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