Column 5 Interesting Facts: The GBA, 20 years later, the ultimate portable console?

As Nintendo’s portable video game console, the Game Boy Advance, with its 32-bit processor, was the most powerful console when it was released in 2001. It is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

A record breaking release

The Game Boy Advance was released on March 21, 2001 in Japan at a price of 9,800 yen or 90 euros and weighs only 140 grams, but its weight in the video game industry is still great: it breaks a record – Orders, it has one of the most impressive release lineups in history, offering a port of Super Mario or a new Castlevania, to name a few. The battery life of 15 hours seduces the gamers.

An undeniable success

The Game Boy Advance has sold no less than 82 million copies worldwide. One of the reasons for this success is undoubtedly the backwards compatibility of the console with all other versions, especially the Game Boy Color. This enabled a very large number of games to be sold, including a large number of Super Nintendo ports and remakes, which enabled the GBA to build a very attractive game library.

The two versions of the GBA

Nintendo reached its revolution with the release of the GBA SP, which featured a valve, backlight and battery, replacing its big sister’s batteries. Then comes the Game Boy Micro, a logically smaller version of the successful console. If the latter loses interest in backward compatibility, the lifespan of Nintendo’s Gameboy can be significantly extended.

A console with extraordinary games

We mentioned it before, but the Game Boy Advance game library is probably its most important asset. The big hits include the classics The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, Final Fantasy Tactics or even Golden Sun and Pokémon Emeraude. Exclusive of the GBA were rejected by flagship licenses, these productions were very successful and therefore logically took part in the console.

A very popular console

The Game Boy Advance is viewed by some as a “switch ahead of its time” thanks in particular to the Game Boy Player which allows you to play GBA games through the GameCube. As evidence of its popularity, new ones are still readily available today, which allows for backward compatibility and comes with modern screens. The production of spare parts such as the buttons will also continue in the factories that are still equipped: The production of GBA will thus continue and make it possible to get the legendary Nintendo console at the original price of 90 euros. And you, what do you think of the Game Boy Advance? By Rob_Bellamy, writing from MPTwitter