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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Enter a world of magic and mystery, where your closest allies may sometimes turn out to be your worst enemies. Shining Soul puts you in the middle of a desperate struggle between the Dark Dragon and a group of warriors known as the Shining Fleet. In the final stage of the war, you can play one of four character classes: fighter, wizard, archer, or dragonute. Customize your character's color schemes, weapons, and armor, and then explore the world of Shining Soul either alone or with three of your friends.

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Ecco the Dolphin: Use Ecco's speed, sonar and mammalian instincts to rescue the other dolphins and save the world. The game features a deep story and content that provides hours of gameplay. Golden Axe: Defeat the Evil Death Adder and his hordes of minions in one of Sega's most popular action adventures. Jump, slash, charge, roll and cast magical spells to save the kingdom from evil. Play as one of three selectable characters, each with unique magic spells, character attributes and attacks.

Phalanx

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Aliens are invading Planet Delia! You're Rick Sanada, a crack fighter pilot assigned to the PHALANX A-144, the most powerful spacecraft ever created. Power-up your multiple weapons systems and hang on--the breathtaking graphics in this stunning arcade shooter are light years beyond anything seen in a portable game!

Onimusha Tactics

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Get ready for a new kind of Onimusha, where every move is a struggle for power. In Onimusha Tactics, you'll join Onimaru, a young Ogre clan warrior on a quest to defeat Nobunaga and his Genma armies. You must call upon your demon powers and sword skills to fight against evil legions. Manage your resources and equipment, assemble your allies, recruit the strongest warriors, and then move in for the attack. Don't forget to absorb the souls of your fallen enemies--their Ogre stones let you create new items.

Namco Museum

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You dont have to be an Iron Man to carry around the greatest arcade games of all time! Keep your change in your pants and your favourite arcade games too. Namco Museum for the Game Boy Advance puts some of the greatest coin-op classics such as Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Pole Position, Galaga and Dig Dug into the palm of your hand.

Metal Slug Advance

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Now you can have all the 2D arcade action of Metal Slug in the palm of your hand, because Metal Slug Advance has arrived on the Game Boy Advance. Through five action-packed missions, you must move out on foot or in slug vehicles across rugged terrain and underwater bases. Your objective is to rescue hostages by destroying enemies and solving strategic puzzles. Completing your missions becomes easier when you collect more than 100 types of E-cards, which enhance your character's abilities.

Jurrasic Park 3 - The DNA Factor

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The pulse-pounding excitement of the blockbuster movie Jurassic Park 3 stomps onto Game Boy Advance with Jurassic Park 3: The DNA Factor. Explore an uncharted island filled with angry predators in search of missing Dinosaur DNA. Succeed and you'll revive an extinct species...fall and you're dino bait.

Guardian Heroes Advance

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Based on the Sega Saturn's Guardian Heroes, Advance Guardian Heroes brings a classic game to life on your Game Boy Advance. Not your ordinary side-scrolling fighter, the game features more than 20 playable characters, 160 powerful moves, and different multiplayer scenarios. Each fighter has unique moves and abilities, which you can upgrade as you progress through the game. Whether you play solo, with friends, or against friends, you can delve into a variety of challenges and battle arenas.

Broken Sword - The Shadow of the Templars

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A quiet drink in a Cafe in Paris is the start of a mysterious adventure for young American George Stobbart. Unwittingly he is drawn into a web of archaic and sinister plots, with origins that extend back to the earty 14th Century and the deadly order of the Knights Templar. Dive into an adventure of global exploration: cryptic puzzle solving; and fight for survival. Feast on over 60 beautifully animated characters in over 70 breathtaking, hand drawn locations. Answer the call to action and challenge yourself to the limit with compelling game play for the would-be adventure.

Fire Pro Wrestling A

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This is the Japanese import but it will work on any Nintendo Gameboy Advance console

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