|Game Boy Advance SP|
|Released|| February 14, 2003|
March 23, 2003
March 28, 2003
September 19, 2005 (backlit)
March 27, 2006 (backlit)
|Processor||32-bit RISC-CPU (16.78 MHz)|
|GPU||Custom 2D core|
|Media||Game Boy Advance cartridges|
|Units shipped||81.41 million (includes GBA, GBM)|
|Best-selling game||Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire|
|Backward compatibility||Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges|
|Predecessor|| Game Boy Advance|
|Successor|| Game Boy Micro|
The Game Boy Advance SP is an updated version of the Game Boy Advance and had a clamshell design similliar to the Nintendo DS. It was later re-released in September 2005 with a brighter, back-lit screen. This was the third Nintendo handheld to have a back-lit screen, after the Nintendo DS in 2004, and the Game Boy Light in 1998.
The Game Boy Advance SP had many new features from the original Game Boy Advance. The most notable feature is the front-lit screen (backlit in a later model), that the Game Boy Advance was criticized for not having one. On the front of the console, there is a slot to put the game cartridge in. It also supported Game Boy and Game Boy Color games too. On the left hand side of the console, there is a slider for the volume. On the right hand side of the console, the power switch is located and so are the power and charging light. At the back, there is a slot for the charger, (another new feature) another slot to plug in things like the Link Cable, Nintendo GameCube cable and the wireless adapter, and two slots to put accessories on to. The bottom of the consle contains details of it, and the battery cover, while the top simply has a Nintendo logo. Inside, there is a floating directional pad, four action buttons, A, B, START and SELECT as well as a brigtness button, the speaker and the lights. the top part just has the LCD screen and a Game Boy Advance SP logo. On the back there is also two shoulder buttons L and R. The only feature removed was the headphone jack on the back, but a Headphone Adapter and special Game Boy Advance SP Headphones were sold becase of this reason.
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