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Nintendo GBA SP

Nintendo GBA SP
alaScore 82

1411 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1411 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and size. The design and value for money are also appreciated, but there are some critical opinions about the reliability. There are some mixed comments about the connectivity.

portability, value for money, design, size, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo GBA SP is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 1411 reviews)

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Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP (Pearl Pink)


Solid, compact design; extremely bright screen; removable long-lasting rechargeable battery; bargain price

Still no standard headphone jack; tiny shoulder buttons; most games are skewed toward kids

Now that it has a brighter screen, Nintendo's Game Boy Advance SP is the budget champ for portable gaming.

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Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP (Platinum)


Pricing is currently unavailable.

Stylish, compact design; front-lit screen; removable lithium-ion battery; compatible with all current GBA games and most accessories

Can't swap in standard batteries in a pinch; no included headphone jack

By including an illuminated screen, Nintendo has finally fixed the original Game Boy Advance's biggest flaw.

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Nintendo New Game Boy Will Knock Your Lights Out!


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Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP Review and Prices


When Nintendo's Game Boy Advance first came out, the device's poor lighting overshadowed what a great machine it really was. With their new GBA SP and its integrated front light, that's no longer an issue. The foldable SP includes all the capabilities...

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Nintendo's newest handheld game system

I decided to keep this review extremely short because there isn't much to say. If you already have a GBA, you know how much fun it is and you definitely need to go out and buy the new GBA SP machine. Not only does it make games so much better to...

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Gameboy Advance SP Japanese Import (Hardware)


Handheld gaming is a genre in itself, a genre that Nintendo dominate. Today we are going to look at the new ruler of the handheld gaming world, Nintendo's brand new GameBoy Advance SP Console. The version we are looking at today was imported from Asia...

Superb size fits in your pocketLooks like a PDA appeals to the older gamerLighted screen is crystal clearClamshell DesignLI-Ion battery and charger includedGreat price

DPAD is a bit clicky and too responsiveVolume control should be a dial

Nintendo have done it again by producing a superb handheld gaming console. From the lighted screen to the rechargeable battery everything is just right. One thing I prefer on the older machine is the DPAD. The DPAD on the SP is really clicky and more...

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Game Boy Advance SP Review


Frontlit screen, Compact size, Rechargeable battery, Plays all games, Frontlit screen, Compact size, Rechargeable battery, Plays all games

Doesn't have a standard earphone jack. Must buy an adapter separately, No brightness / contrast control, Doesn't have a standard earphone jack. Must buy an adapter separately, No brightness / contrast control

Just RPG Award of Excellence!

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Game Boy Advance SP


THE GBA SP IS RELEASED!The Game Boy Advance SP is now upon us and it clearly shows why Nintendo is the undisputed winner in the handheld arena. Released on March 23, 2003, the Game Boy Advance SP (GBA SP) gives gamers exciting reasons to own one of...

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED GBA GAMES Advance Wars(Already released) Golden Sun, Golden Sun: The Lost Age(Already released) Metroid Fusion(Already released) Pokemon Sapphire, Pokemon Ruby(Already released) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers(Already released)

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Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP Portable Gaming Consoles


Still the quickest and most portable gaming system even in this age of DS and PSP portables. The new systems pile on the higher rez which is great, but for quick pick-up and go gaming, the GBA is still the standard. The screen is a major plus with good...

An excellent portable device - quick, easy to use

sound could be improved

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Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP (Platinum)


portable, backlite, backwards commpatable with previous games.....


the hinge gets pretty loos after a while

Product Specifications

The Game Boy Advance SP is a redesigned version of the wildly popular Game Boy Advance. The system has a new illumination feature and sleek flip-screen design making it the most distinctively stylish, compact and portable Game Boy system ever. Building on the significant improvements and refinements already introduced in the current Game Boy Advance, the Game Boy Advance SP features a revolutionary Front Light Screen making game play easy in any lighting condition. The system is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery good for about 10 hours of game play and takes only three hours to recharge. Amazingly, the battery life increases to approximately 18 hours of continuous play when the Front Light Screen is turned off. All current and future Game Boy Advance games are compatible with the new system. And, similarly, Game Boy Advance SP is backward compatible, allowing use with virtually all games and accessories previously released in the Game Boy line.
Bundle:No / With Accessories / With Software


Basic Colour:Black / Blue / Grey / Pink / Red / Silver / Unknown
Software Medium:Cartridge

General Features

System of Console:Gameboy Advance Classic / Gameboy Advance SP
Table / Portable:Portable