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Nintendo Game Boy Advance

Nintendo Game Boy Advance
alaScore 81

857 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 857 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the game selection and usability. The design and value for money also get good reviews.

portability, value for money, design, usability, game selection

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo Game Boy Advance is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 857 reviews)

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Nintendo Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter


The device is pretty small and unobtrusive--it's roughly the same size as a GBA cartridge, and the clear grey color works well with the myriad designs for the portable. The biggest problem is the dearth of titles available for the device. Fewer than 20...

The Nintendo Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter enables a much more convenient method of multiplayer GBA gaming by including a status menu and removing the cord clutter

Out of the hundreds of multiplayer GBA games available, only 20 or so work with the device--and a few need to be tweaked to do so

The Nintendo Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter works well enough, but the lack of titles supporting the device should give any prospective buyer pause.

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An Advance in Handheld Gaming


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Nintendo Game Boy Advance (Indigo)


Good and bad news For the most part, the original GBA is very similar to the new SP. The two units share the same 32-bit RISC processor and sharp, colorful, 2.9-inch, reflective TFT LCD. To put the power of the GBA in perspective, it performs at...

Crisp, colorful graphics; built-in headphone jack; backward compatible with Game Boy

No built-in backlighting

The original GBA will still appeal to gamers on a budget, but its lack of illumination is a big drawback.


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Franklin's Great Adventures (Game Boy Advance)


Quick Specs - ESRB: Everyone - Developer: Neko Entertainment - Genre: Action. Price Range: $13.99 - $14.98 from 2 stores.

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Nintendo's innovative peripheral for the Game Boy Advance is now available. Our full review.

And, of course, how cool is it to carry NES games in a deck of cards?


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Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World


A princely port worthy of its past.

A masterwork of platforming goodness. Wonderful graphics and sound

Finding the time to collect all of the Yoshi coins. A rehash of a great game

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theVooner reviews the next generation Gameboy

Is there any other portable game device out there that compares? NO! Buy the Gameboy Advance, enough said. Even for someone like me, that hardly ever plays video games, and I usually stink at the ones I do play, this is a fantastic buy and an ESSENTIAL...

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Franklin's Great Adventures


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Still one of my favorites =)


I purchased the Fuschia GBA. This Gameboy is by far my favorite. I consider it better than the GBA SP. Why? The comfortable egornomic design is perfect for my hands. The lack of a backlight is a bit of a drag. Do not purchase the wormlight. Buy the...

comfortable design, inexpensive accessories and games

no backlight

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Good Old Thing to play with......but Just get a Advance SP instead


It was a great thing to play with....but now alas PS3..X360..PSP..DS...are there to outcome this poor thing.....well tech is TECH.....If you're still a 90's gamer then it would do good for ya ....otherwise buy somthing else Cheers!

bigger screen than GB color...Absolutely not a piece of JUNK

No backlight, no proper grip, Old Fashioned (now)

Product Specifications

The Game Boy Advance system is 32 bits of power in a housing that's the same length and width, but even thinner than Game Boy Color. It's just the right size for slipping into your pocket. Nintendo's Game Boy Advance has a more powerful processor, larger screen and great multiplayer features! Connect four GBA systems at once for a whole new level of multiplayer action! With some games, you can get multiplayer action by sharing only one Game Pak! Nintendo made the GBA screen 50% bigger than Game Boy Color! That must mean the GBA is bigger than the GBC too, right? No way. It's the same compact size, but with a screen that's bigger, higher-resolution and exploding with more colors. Gameplay always comes first. With the new horizontal design and the addition of two new L and R buttons, GBA takes gameplay to a whole new level. Maximum control means maximum fun. You can play Game Boy Advance for fifteen hours on one pair of AA batteries. That's 50% more time than the solid ten hours Game Boy Color offered. Game Paks for GBA are half the size of Game Boy Color Game Paks. When you need to bring it everywhere, the more compact the better. With the NINTENDO GAMECUBE Game Boy Advance Link Cable, players can connect their two favorite game systems for all-new ways to play. While the first games have used the cable to transfer characters between the systems, future possibilities include unlocking hidden features, special mini-game downloads, and even using the Game Boy Advance as a supplementary game screen or input device. Nintendo is launching tons of new games for GBA, but this system already has the biggest game library of any existing system! Your favorite Game Boy and Game Boy Color games can be played on GBA! In addition, Nintendo's GBA has an awesome PCM stereo sound system for the best possible background music and sound effects.

Audio Output

Sound Output Mode:Stereo


Run Time (Up To):15hour(s)

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.9in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.4cm
Output Type:Color
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Game Console

Color Support:Color
Form Factor:Handheld
Name:Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Type:Handheld game console/Handheld game system / Handheld game console


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nintendo Game Boy

Input Device

Type:4-way cross keypad




Type: None


Installed Size:256KB