The Game Boy Advance
handheld videogame system was released in 2001 and boasted graphics and sound
comparable to those of the Super NES. The GBA is also compatible with Game Boy
and Game Boy Color games.
After complaints about the
Game Boy Advance's dark screen and slightly bulky size plagued the system, the
redesigned Game Boy Advance SP arrived. The new-look system sported a
space-saving flip-top design, rechargable battery, and a backlit screen.
The Game Boy Advance (often shortened to GBA) is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed,
manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Game Boy
Color. It was released in Japan on March 21, 2001; in North America on June 11,
2001; in Australia on June 22, 2001, in Europe on June 22, 2001; and in the People's
Republic of China on June 8, 2004 (excluding Hong Kong).
In 1996, magazines
including issues 53 and 54 of Total!
and the July 1996 issue of Game
Informer featured reports of a new Game Boy, codenamed Project Atlantis. Although the
expected release date of "early 1997" would make this machine seem to
be the Game Boy Color, it was described as having "a 32-bit RISC
processor" and "allowing similar to SNES standard games-playing to be
played in the palm of your hand"—a description that more closely matches
the Game Boy Advance.