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Game Boy Advance

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Game Boy Advance
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The Fuchsia[1] model of the original Game Boy Advance
Creator(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) Japan March 21, 2001
NA June 11, 2001
Europe June 22, 2001
Console chronology
Game Boy Color Nintendo DS
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The Game Boy Advance, often abbreviated to GBA, is a 32-bit portable handheld console released by Nintendo in 2001. It is fully backwards-compatible with most Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. It features improved screen over the Game Boy Color, being in widescreen, and capable of displaying over 32,000 colors simultaneously. It had two redesigns, in the forms of the Game Boy Advance SP, and the Game Boy Micro. The game cartridges released for the Game Boy Advance are compatible with the GBA slot on the first two models of the Nintendo DS handheld. Later models such as the DSi have removed the slot.


Game Boy Micro[edit]

The Game Boy Micro is the successor of the Game Boy Advance SP and currently the last handheld that was released under the Game Boy banner. The Game Boy Micro had a very brief period of prominence, but lost its favor to the Nintendo DS, which had already been released for almost one year in most regions.


Two Kirby games were released for the system. One Kirby-themed mini-game was released as an e-Reader card.


Another Kirby-themed e-Reader Card unrelated to Kirby Slide was included in a very rare promotional pack given away at the E3 2002 event. When swiped through the e-Reader in front of Nintendo representatives at the stage, it would tell whether or not it is a winning card. Only 100 second-place and 10 first-place cards were distributed, which when exchanged for a prize, were ripped apart. It is considered the rarest e-Reader Card produced.[2]