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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Rayman Advance

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Tons of wonderful animations, fourteen active support characters, sixty-two levels of challenging gameplay, gorgeous-looking worlds, amazingly detailed universes. Rayman Advance just pushes your Game Boy Advance to the limit.

MX 2002

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The evolution of motocross. Exclusively featuring Ricky Carmichael. MX 2002 featuring Ricky Carmichael is the only 3D dirt bike racer for Game Boy Advance featuring fast intense racing and freestyle madness. This isn't just a game - it's a complete motocross experience.

Pinobee Wings of Adventure

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Take a fantastic journey! Genius robotics engineer, Grandpa Bee, was almost finished creating Pinobee - a robotic bee designed to protect the world. When he was suddenly kidnapped. Now as Pinobee you've got to face an incredible quest to rescue your creator and prove what you're made of!

Matt Hoffmans Pro BMX

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Catch massive air with the king of BMX! Ride like ten-time World Vert Champion, Mat Hoffman, or one of seven other top pro riders. Pull of hundred of trick combos and signature moves. Rip it up on eight Street, Vert and Dirt courses. Shred, grind and 360 your way through the ultimate BMX experience.

Micro Machines

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Everywhere's a race track. Your wheels may be small but prepare for BIG fun! Grit your teeth and get ready to pit your skills across eight enormous worlds. Seven addictive modes including: Championship Time Trial: make all checkpoints before the time runs out. Bombing: Transfer the bomb to your opponents before it explodes. Up to four players. Forty different vehicles. Sixteen different tracks. Eight characters.

Mario Kart Super Circuit

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Get supercharged! All your favourite kart-racing characters are back and ready to kick it into high gear! Twenty brand-new tracks await on Game Boy Advance, loaded with classic power-ups and primed for the type of frenzied racing that only Mario Kart: Super Circuit can deliver. Its time to burn rubber in the Grand Prix, challenge your pals, race your own ghost, clash in battle mode and feel the power in the palm of your hand!

Lego Racers 2

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Get ready for the new story-based racing adventure. Tear around twenty-five tracks across five stunning new Lego worlds. Collect the coveted Golden Bricks. Race up to three friends at once via Game Boy Advance Game Link cables. Find and unlock the hidden bonus games.

Lego Bionicle Quest for the Toa

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Quest for the Toa. Troubled times on the mystical island of Mata Nui. As one of its tribesmen, you must overcome the traps, puzzles and challenges of six different environments to find the Toa stones which together will summon the legendary Toa themselves and help free your tribe from the dark rule of Makuta. The fate of Mata Nui is in your hands. Have you got what it takes?

Lady Sia

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She lives for adventure! She fights to save her kingdom! Join Lady Sia, bold defender of a world invaded by a race of ruthless beastmen. Help her use her sword and her wits in an intense battle across land, sea and air. Invoke Sia's shape-shifting power in a final showdown against an unforgiving foe!

Krazy Racers

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Start your engines! Race your favourite Konami Characters like Goemon, Dracula and Ninja through sixteen action-packed fun-filled courses. Collect coins to upgrade your car, unlock hidden courses and race by your opponents on your way to the chequered flag!

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