Nintendo Game Boy Advance sp console GBA SP
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Game Boy ADVANCE PLATINUM SP EDITION
The Game Boy Advance system is 32 bits of power in a housing that's the same length and width, but even thinner than Game Boy Color. It's just the right size for slipping into your pocket. Nintendo's Game Boy Advance has a more powerful processor, larger screen and great multiplayer features! Connect four GBA systems at once for a whole new level of multiplayer action! With some games, you can get multiplayer action by sharing only ONE Game Pak!
Handheld video game console
32-bit RISC CPU
Backward-compatible: plays all GAME BOY & GAME BOY COLOR games
Approximately 15 hours of continuous play
Requires 2 AA batteries (included)
The Game Boy Advance became the successor to the ever-so-popular Game Boy Color. What Nintendo had envisioned was an improved version of the GBC, in terms of processing power, graphics capabilities and aesthetics, which would remain backward compatible with older games. This is taken care of by the Z80 coprocessor that exclusively handles running Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. Note that the coprocessor cannot run at the same time as the main 32-bit processor, which makes sense.
The system would support sprites, allowing it to produce complex 2D animation and retain more control over individual graphical elements (sprites) within games, as well as scaling and rotation modes. Despite the bigger and brighter screen, Nintendo decided yet again not to include a built-in backlight. Why you might ask. Nintendo thought it would drain too much power and increase costs. Well, that didn't stop the Game Gear from having one eight years ago! shrug. . .
Aesthetically, the GB's shape changed from a vertical rectangle with the buttons below the screen to a horizontal Game-Gear-like handheld with the arrow keys on the left and the 'A' and 'B' buttons on the right. Two extra buttons were added to the top left and right of the unit too. The new shape definitely made playing games a lot more enjoyable.
The GB Advance was first unveiled in Tokyo at Spaceworld 2000. Its release came a few months later in March 2001.
Weight: Approximately 2.8 ounces
Hardware colors: Silver or Black
Faceplates: all faceplates are interchangeable
Memory (RAM) : 32KB, 256KB external
CPU Speed: 32-bit RISC-CPU (16.78MHz)
Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
Charge lasts six to 10 hours.
Recharging takes approximately 2 1/2 hours
Size: 2" (diagonal)
Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels
Colors: 512 out of a maximum 32,000 colors
Screen Type: TFT with adjustable back light