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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Lion Witch and the Wardrobe

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Combine your strengths to defeat the White Witch! Enter the magical wardrobe and fulfil your destiny to free Narnia from everlasting winter.

Lost Vikings

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Before Warcraft... three hairy Norsemen set the stage for a decade of legendary adventure. Meet Erik the Swift, Baleog the Fierce and Olaf the Stout - your typical, borderline insane Vikings who just happen to get abducted by aliens. Now it's up to you to slash, smash and solve their way home. Intense arcade action from the makers of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.

NES Classics - Donkey Kong

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Go bananas with the Classic NES original for the Game Boy Advance! Back in `81, Donkey Kong set off an enduring rivalry between plumbers and mad apes everywhere. Now you can play the NES phenomenon on your Game Boy Advance! Donkey Kong`s kidnapped Pauline, and it`s up to Mario to rescue the damsel in distress! Climb ladders, dodge fireballs, and leap over tumbling barrels to get that crazy ape!

Finding Nemo - The Continuing Adventures

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The Tank Gang have managed to escape from the dentist's office! Help Nemo, Dory, Marlin, Bruce, Crush, and Squirt get them to their new homes in the ocean. Revisit all your friends from the Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, Finding Nemo.

NES Classics - Ice Climber

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Twenty years after their debut on the NES, mountain climbers Popo and Nana return to scale the heights as part of the NES Classic Series for the Game Boy Advance. As Popo (player two plays as Nana), you must use your trusty mallet to work your way up the mountain by chipping away at the blocks overhead and then jumping through the resulting hole. Your mallet is also useful for eliminating pesky enemies, including polar bears, seals, and mountain men.

Wings

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Take to the skies at the dawn of aviation in Europe's most brutal conflict! Relive the action, glory and daring of World War I through the eyes of a rookie pilot in the Allied or German forces. Soar to the top of your squadron as you fight through 220 missions over two separate campaigns. Strage the front lines, bomb enemy bases and engage cunning Aces in thrilling first-person dogfights. Defend the free world as an Allied pilot or conquer it in the name of the Kaiser!

Santa Claus Saves the Earth

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Wow! Only one day left until Christmas! Little children all over the world and anxiously awaiting Sants visit. Meanwhile, very deep underground lives a wicked fairy, Nillam. She has a magic pot that allows her to see everywhere in the world. Nillam concocted a spell that enchanted Santa and locked him in her magic lands. You must help Santa escape the worlds controlled by Nillam so that he can complete his Christmas Eve mission.

Cruisin Velocity

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Grab the steering wheel of 11 different speed machine. Race through 14 tracks including Las Vegas and Mars. Choose from three modes of gameplay - Cruis'n Cup, Championship and Freestyle mode. Challenge up to four of your friends using the Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable.

Rayman 3

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Unleash Rayman's smokin' new powers such are the Body Shot and Double fists in this combat-crazy adventure! A brand new Rayman with over 50 maps! Plunge into chaotic combat in the 6 hilarious multiplayer maps with up to 3 of your friends!

Nintendo Gameboy Advance Gameboy Micro Boxed

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The Gameboy Micro is the last console of the Gameboy line and is a smaller, sleeker design of the Gameboy Adavnce. Released in 2005, the console is the size of a NES controller and has a removable face plate that allows you to purchase alternative designs. It is unable to play original Gameboy and Gameboy Color games - it only plays Gameboy Advance games. This console is boxed, comes with its charger pack has been tested and works fine.

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