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Game Boy Advance
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Game Boy Advance Purple Model

The model of the Game Boy Advance.
Manufacturer Nintendo
Released JP March 21, 2001
NA June 11, 2001
EU June 22, 2001
AU March 8, 2002
KO April 7, 2003
Generation Sixth generation
Processor ARM7TDMI, 16.78 MHz
GPU Custom 2D core
Resolution 2.9-inch reflective TFT color LCD
Media Game Boy Advance cartridges
Codename Project Atlantis
Size 23.2 by 5.6 by 1 inch (82 by 144.5 by 24.5 mm)
Units shipped 81.41 million (incl. GBA revisions)
Best-selling game Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
Backward compatibility Game Boy cartridges
Predecessor Game Boy Color
Successor Game Boy Advance SP

The Game Boy Advance is a 32-bit Nintendo portable system initially released in Japan on March 21, 2001. A part of the sixth generation of video games, the Game Boy Advance was noted as the final Game Boy iteration. A couple of redesigns were released including the Game Boy Advance SP and the Game Boy Micro. It was succeeded by the Nintendo DS line. The Game Boy Advance systems quickly became Nintendo's best selling system of all time within a few years, accumulating a total of 81.41 million sales worldwide, including 43.49 million SP units and 2.42 million Micro units. In 2008, the Nintendo DS surpassed this and continued on its path of domination by managing to move a total of 130 million units worldwide.

The Game Boy Advance was initially known as Project Atlantis according to reports released years before the handheld was even formally announced. Early reports made claims of a system capable of producing graphics on par with those the Super Nintendo Entertainment System could produce. Indeed those reports proved to be correct, as the GBA managed to not only meet these claims but surpass them as well. The only exception was the fact that the screen was unable to handle every single bit of the colors the SNES produced, resulting in all of it's ports featuring watered down colors.

In 2007, its production has ended, but the people still play it. Actually, the models just discontinued at different times. The old model was discontinued in 2005, and the SP and Micro were discontinued in 2007.

Technical Specifications

  • CPU: 32-bit RISC CPU with embedded memory
  • Screen: 2.9-inch reflective TFT color LCD
  • Display Size: 1.6 by 2.4 inches (40.8 by 61.2 mm)
  • Resolution: 38,000 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio (10,000 per square inch)
  • Colors: 512 simultaneous colors from a palette of 32,768
  • Size: 3.2 by 5.6 by 1 inch (82 by 144.5 by 24.5 mm)
  • Weight: Approximately 5 ounces (140 grams)
  • Power Supply: 2 AA alkaline batteries
  • Battery Life: Approximately 15 hours continuous play


Top Ten Best Selling Games

  1. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
  2. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
  3. Pokémon Emerald
  4. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
  5. Super Mario Advance
  6. Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  7. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
  8. Namco Museum
  9. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team
  10. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Game Boy Advance

  • Favorite GBA games

    3 messages
    • I do not have GBA. never played GBA games. but I guess the best one would be Mario Kart Super Circuit.
    • I don't have many games for my GBA, but for now mine are just some remakes. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Yoshi's Island: Su...

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