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Game Boy Advance
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Handheld
Release Date March 21, 2001 JP

June 11, 2001 NA
June 22, 2001 EU
June 8, 2004 China (under the iQue brand.)

Discontinued 2006 (JP)
2007 (EU)
2008 (NA)
Media Cartridge
Save Format EEPROM/SRAM/Battery-Backup
Input Options D-Pad, A,B,L,R (2 Sholder buttons), Start, Select
Special Features connects to GameCube as a controller
Units Sold 70.0 million (all versions, 2005)
Top Selling Game Pokemon Ruby,
Sapphire and
Variants Game Boy Advance SP,
Game Boy micro,
Game Boy Advance SP ver2
Competitor(s) N/A
Predecessor Game Boy
Successor Nintendo DS

The Game Boy Advance is a 32-bit handheld made by Nintendo and is the successor to the Game Boy Color. A new variation of the Game Boy Advance, the Game Boy Advance SP was released due partly to lighting issues with the original Game Boy Advance.


The Game Boy Advance is known for it's robust library, from a variety of developers in many different genres. While the library was originally plagued with many SNES ports, it has since grown to be one of the strongest collections of games since the SNES.

Major Ports

Key First-Party Titles

Key Third-Party Titles

Technical specifications

  • CPU
    • ARM7TDMI CPU clocked at 16.8 MHz with 32 KiB embedded RAM
    • Game Boy compatible 8-bit CPU clocked at 4.2 or 8.4 MHz (cannot run simultaneously with ARM7 CPU)
  • Graphics controller (on die with CPU)
    • 240x160 pixel display with 32 levels per RGB color component, for a theoretical total of 32,768 colors
    • 96 KiB fast video memory
    • Tiled, rotated, and bitmap background display modes with up to four layers depending on display mode
    • Up to 128 sprites that can be moved, rotated, and scaled
    • Up to 256 simultaneous colors for backgrounds and 255 colors for sprites
  • 256 KiB external work RAM
  • 2.9 inch reflective TFT color liquid crystal display
  • Serial port supporting GBC and GBA proprietary modes as well as UART and generic mode
  • Up to 32 MiB of ROM on solid-state Game Paks


The Nintendo DS and DS Lite would feature a slot for GBA games. However, the games are only featured on one of the screens.


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