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Game Boy Advance
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The original Game Boy Advance model
Handheld console
Media used
Game Boy Advance cartridges
Game Boy cartridges
Game Boy Color cartridges
Release date(s)
North America June 11, 2001
Japan March 21, 2001
European Union June 22, 2001
Commonwealth of Australia June 22, 2001

Game Boy Advance SP:
North America March 23, 2003
Japan February 14, 2003
European Union March 28, 2003
Commonwealth of Australia March 28, 2003

Game Boy Micro:
North America September 19, 2005
Japan September 13, 2005
European Union November 4, 2005
Commonwealth of Australia November 3, 2005

The Game Boy Advance (ゲームボーイアドバンス, Gēmu Bōi Adobansu), often shortened to GBA,[1] is a Nintendo handheld console and the successor to the Game Boy Color.


Game Boy Advance

The original model features a wider screen than its predecessors, shoulder buttons, and processing power comparable to the SNES. The Game Boy Advance is backwards compatible with both the original Game Boy and the Game Boy Color.

Game Boy Advance SP

The Game Boy Advance SP features a foldable design, a rechargeable battery, and a frontlit screen. On September 2005, an improved version with a backlit screen was released in North America. A limited edition Zelda-themed Game Boy Advance SP bundle was also released. Limited to 25,000 copies, it featured a golden console with the Triforce outside and the Wingcrest inside. It also included a copy of The Minish Cap (without box). It was available for sale only in Europe and Australia.

Game Boy Micro

The Game Boy Micro features a smaller design, a backlit screen, and removable face plate. It is also no longer backwards compatible with the previous Game Boy consoles.

The Legend of Zelda Games

The Game Boy Advance can also be conected to a GameCube to play Four Swords Adventures with up to four players, and The Wind Waker in order to use the Tingle Tuner. Due to the backwards compatibility, the console is also able to play Link's Awakening, Link's Awakening DX, Oracle of Ages, and Oracle of Seasons.


  • If the Oracle games are played on any Game Boy Advance instead of a Game Boy Color, the Advance Shop can be found, where the GBA Time and GBA Nature Rings can be bought.
  • Seven Game Boy Advance SP consoles made of real gold were given away as a promotion during the release of The Minish Cap. Six of these could be claimed by finding a winning card inside the Zelda-themed Game Boy Advance SP bundle.


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