Platform: Game Boy Advance

Platform description

General description

The Game Boy Advance, often shortened to GBA, is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. It is a 6th generation console, 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 and Europe on June 22, 2001; and in the People's Republic of China on June 8, 2004 (excluding Hong Kong). Nintendo's competitors in the handheld market were the Neo Geo Pocket Color, WonderSwan, GP32, Tapwave Zodiac, and the N-Gage. Despite the competitors' best efforts, Nintendo maintained a majority market share with the Game Boy Advance.

As of June 30, 2010, the Game Boy Advance series has sold 81.51 million units worldwide. Its successor, the Nintendo DS, was released in November 2004.

The GBA's successor, the Nintendo DS, was released in November 2004. and is also compatible with Game Boy Advance software. So is the Nintendo DS Lite, as both feature a cartridge slot at the bottom. GBA games are not, however, compatible with the Nintendo DSi, as it does not feature a cartridge slot. Backward compatibility for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games is provided by an 4/8 MHz Z80 coprocessor, while a link port at the top of the unit allows it to be connected to other devices via use of a Nintendo Game Link cable or GameCube link cable.

In early 2003, Nintendo introduced a new form-factor for the handheld, known as the Game Boy Advance SP (model AGS-001). The redesigned unit resembles a pocket-size laptop computer, including a folding case approximately one-half the size of the original unit.
In September 2005, Nintendo released a second redesign of the Game Boy Advance. This model, dubbed the Game Boy Micro, is similar in style to the original Game Boy Advance's horizontal orientation, but is much smaller and sleeker. Unlike the previous Game Boy Advance models, Game Boy Micro is unable to support Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles.

The Game Boy Advance, SP, and Micro had numerous colors and limited editions, as well as many accessories.

GBA (Indigo version)
GBA Micro

For more information on the GBA, including models, accessories and colors, see Wikipedia.

Emulating the GBA

There are several GBA emulators for several platforms (Android, Mac OS X, Nokia, PSP and Windows). At Sierra Chest we've tried out VisualBoyAdvance to emulate the GBA on Windows and it worked flawlessly. It also emulates Game Boy software.