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Posted 2003-03-24 by Tony Walsh
Game Boy Advance SP

Manufacturer: Nintendo
Price: est. $149CDN
Availability: now

I've been waiting a long time for this. As an owner of the original Game Boy handheld gaming platform, I long-squinted at the black and pea-soup screen, dreaming of vibrant colour. I patiently let the Game Boy Color and original Game Boy Advance slip through my fingers--colour, yes. Vibrant, no. Not until the Game Boy Advance SP was released this March. With a rechargeable battery and illuminated screen, the SP was soon to be me precioussss...

Two hundred bucks later, I was armed with the little silver devil and a copy of Kirby-something-or-other. The Game Boy Advance SP was smaller than I expected. It's about the size of a minidisk player or a very small sandwich, and fits perfectly into just about any pant- or jacket-pocket. To my delight, the battery was all charged up and ready to go, which allowed me to marvel at the cleverly-lit screen and brain-smushingly-good graphics. It seems Nintendo took the power of two 16-bit SNES systems and squished all the goodness into the 32-bit Game Boy Advance. The colour is so good you'd want to lick the screen. The SP folds up nicely into a compact "clamshell," protecting that yummy little display from germs, so lick my friends! Lick away!

If there's anything negative to report about the Game Boy Advance SP, it's that the buttons are a teensy bit on the small side�smaller than the original GBA, and that there is no headphone jack readily available. Apparently headphone access has to be purchased separately. I could care less, really, since I enjoy disturbing people on the subway.
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Comment posted by brian f.
March 24, 2003 @ 5:15 pm
wow tony, licking clamshells? I had no idea the GBA SP was so pornographic. I too own an original Gameboy but have never upgraded (the last console I actually bought was a SNES back when it came out, I'm so out of the loop) I think it is high time to jump on the bandwagon. Fuck I'd also like to get my hands on nanoloop as well.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
March 24, 2003 @ 5:32 pm
Awww, c'mon :) I swear if you saw the graphics for this thing you'd think it was freakin' candy. Licky licky!

Nanoloop is pretty interesting. I always thought people might hack up old Game Boys and write their own programs. With the processing ad graphics power of the GBA, I wouldn't be surprised if there were some nifty hacks for this coming down the road.
Comment posted by brian f.
March 24, 2003 @ 5:50 pm
I'm a little bit confused: why the heck is there no headphone jack on the SP? I've seen the adapter and it looks ridiculous, I mean seriously, isn't the headphone jack an integral part of the system? what the hell were they thinking?

that's like needing to buy a separate remote just to use the dvd player on your xbox or some shit. okay maybe not quite THAT heinous.
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