Introduction to the Nintendo GameBoy Advance
The GameBoy Advance (often referred to as GBA) is a 32-bit iteration of the GameBoy console and was released in 2001. It’s predecessors include the classic GameBoy, the GameBoy Pocket, the GameBoy Light as well as the GameBoy Color. Compared to the GameBoy Color, the GameBoy Advance featured an even larger screen clocking it at 2.90 inches with a wide-screen resolution of 240×160 pixels. That’s almost 70% more pixels than the GameBoy Color’s screen, which had a resolution of 160×144. Not only was the screen larger and featured a higher resolution, it could also display far more colours than it’s predecessor: it could display up to 32,768 different colours simultaneously. An additional feature that sets the GameBoy Advance apart from it’s predecessors are the L and R shoulder buttons, which allow for more advance gaming controls. Further improvements to the system include a two-color battery power indicator, which switched from green to red when battery is running low and an increased quoted playtime of 15 hours.
The GameBoy Advance in this post is the Suicine Pokémon special edition which was released to coincide with the Japanese release of the Pokémon Gold and Silver games. Officially this device was sold only in Japan exclusively in Pokémon Center stores.
- Product name: GameBoy Advance
- Model number: AGB-001
- Manufacturer: Nintendo
- Product line: GameBoy line
- Release date: March 21, 2001 (Japan)
- Console Generation: Sixth generation
- Game format: GameBoy Advance cartidges, GameBoy Color cartridges, GameBoy cartridges
- Region lock: no
- CPU: 32-bit
- Screen size: 1.51 inches (4.08cm) × 2.41 inches (6.12cm) with a diagonal length of 2.90 inches (7.36cm)
- Screen resolution: 240×160