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Game Boy Advance

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Game Boy Advance
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The original Game Boy Advance model
Type Handheld console
Release date
United States of America Flag.png June 11, 2001
Japan Flag.png March 21, 2001
European Union Flag.png June 22, 2001
Commonwealth of Australia Flag.png June 22, 2001

Game Boy Advance SP:
United States of America Flag.png March 23, 2003
Japan Flag.png February 14, 2003
European Union Flag.png March 28, 2003
Commonwealth of Australia Flag.png March 28, 2003

Game Boy Micro:
United States of America Flag.png September 19, 2005
Japan Flag.png September 13, 2005
European Union Flag.png November 4, 2005
Commonwealth of Australia Flag.png November 3, 2005
Media Game Boy Advance cartridges
Game Boy cartridges
Game Boy Color cartridges
Predecessor Game Boy Color
Successor Nintendo DS

The Game Boy Advance (ゲームボーイアドバンス, Gēmu Bōi Adobansu), often shortened to GBA,[1] is a Nintendo handheld console and the successor to the Game Boy Color.


Game Boy Advance

The original model features a wider screen than its predecessors, shoulder buttons, and processing power comparable to the SNES. The Game Boy Advance is backwards compatible with both the original Game Boy and the Game Boy Color.

Game Boy Advance SP

The Game Boy Advance SP features a foldable design, a rechargeable battery, and a frontlit screen. On September 2005, an improved version with a backlit screen was released in North America. A limited edition Zelda-themed Game Boy Advance SP bundle was also released. Limited to 25,000 copies, it featured a golden console with the Triforce outside and the Wingcrest inside. It also included a copy of The Minish Cap (without box). It was available for sale only in Europe and Australia.

Game Boy Micro

The Game Boy Micro features a smaller design, a backlit screen, and removable face plate. It is also no longer backwards compatible with the previous Game Boy consoles.

The Legend of Zelda Games

The Game Boy Advance can also be conected to a GameCube to play Four Swords Adventures with up to four players, and The Wind Waker in order to use the Tingle Tuner. Due to the backwards compatibility, the console is also able to play Link's Awakening, Link's Awakening DX, Oracle of Ages, and Oracle of Seasons.


  • If the Oracle games are played on any Game Boy Advance instead of a Game Boy Color, the Advance Shop can be found, where the GBA Time and GBA Nature Rings can be bought.
  • Seven Game Boy Advance SP consoles made of real gold were given away as a promotion during the release of The Minish Cap. Six of these could be claimed by finding a winning card inside the Zelda-themed Game Boy Advance SP bundle.


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