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Nintendo Gameboy Advance

The Game Boy Advance (ゲームボーイアドバンス, Gēmu Bōi Adobansu, often shortened to GBA) is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the popular Game Boy Color. It was released in Japan on March 21, 2001; in North America on June 11, 2001; in Australia on June 22, 2001, in Europe on June 22, 2001; and in the People's Republic of China on June 8, 2004 (excluding Hong Kong).

In 1996, magazines including issues 53 and 54 of Total! and the July 1996 issue of Game Informer featured reports of a new Game Boy, codenamed Project Atlantis. Although the expected release date of "early 1997" would make this machine seem to be the Game Boy Color, it was described as having "a 32-bit RISC processor" and "allowing similar to SNES standard games-playing to be played in the palm of your hand"—a description that more closely matches the Game Boy Advance.

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On December 1, 2006, Nintendo of America released launch-to-date information indicating that the Game Boy Advance series had sold 33.63 million units in the United States. As of September 30, 2007, the Game Boy Advance series has sold 80.48 million units worldwide, of which 42.82 million are Game Boy Advance SP units.

The Game Boy Advance has become the modern flagship of sprite-based games. With hardware superior to the Super NES it has proven that sprite-based technology could improve and live side by side with the 3D games of today's consoles. The Game Boy Advance not only has one's typical platformers, but also a huge collection of SNES-style RPGs. It has also become a popular system for old-school gamers due to the increasing amount of games ported from various 8-bit and 16-bit systems of the previous era.

Through the use of flash cartridges and emulators the Game Boy Advance can even play NES and TurboGrafx-16 games, as well as AGI-based Sierra On-Line PC adventure games. Backward compatibility for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games is provided by an 8.4 MHz Z80 co-processor, 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 cable.

Many people have developed their own software to run on the Game Boy Advance. This is typically tested using emulators, and later written to flash cartridges to run on real consoles. Most such developers use a version of the GNU Compiler Collection (gcc) and program in either C or C++, though recently some developers have started using Free Pascal.

In early 2003, Nintendo upgraded the Gameboy Advance to the Gameboy Advance SPgiving it an internal front-light that can be turned on or off, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, as well as a folding case approximately half the original size. It was designed to address some common complaints with the original Game Boy Advance which was criticized for being very uncomfortable. The Game Boy Advance SP also came with a new and much brighter LCD screen for improved playability.

Around the same time as the release of the Game Boy Micro, Nintendo released a new backlit version of the SP in North America (commonly referred to as the "GBA SP+"). The switch that controls the light now toggles between "normal" (which itself is already brighter than the original Game Boy Advance SP's screen), and "bright," an intense brightness level similar to an LCD television set.

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. The Game Boy Micro also allows the user an ability to switch between several colored faceplates to allow customization, a feature which Nintendo advertised heavily around the Game Boy Micro's launch. Nintendo also hoped that this "fashion" feature will help target audiences outside of typical video game players, much like its new Wii. Unlike the previous Game Boy Advance models, Game Boy Micro is unable to support Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles.

Nintendo's competitors in the handheld market were the Neo Geo Pocket Color, Bandai Swan Crystal, Game Park 32, Tapwave Zodiac and the Nokia N-Gage. Despite the competitors' best efforts, Nintendo maintained its majority market share with the Game Boy Advance.

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Dokapon Monster Hunter

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Welcome to Dokkano Island, a mystical place full of mystical creatures - and proving ground for adventures seeking triple-A ranking in their field. Hunt down monsters and engage them in battle, using a myriad of weapons, shields, and 'tricks' that you'll find along the way. Collect beaten monsters to use as your 'monster partners' in future battles.

NES Classics - Bomberman

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Play the original bomb-droppin' Classic NES game for the GameBoy Advance! Bomberman's innovative fusion of rapid-fire action and calcolating strategy redefined the overhead action genre! Now you can play the explosivly innovative Classic NES game on your GameBoy Advance! Deep underground Bomberman toiled for years under evil taskmaster, but now he's planning to escape! Drop bombs to blow up ruthless enemies, demolish walls, and make a break for freedom!

NES Classics - Excitebike

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Nintendo rereleases Excitebike on the Game Boy Advance, complete with all the high-flying action from the original NES game. As in the original, your biker must keep his balance while flying through the air, avoid getting clipped by other racers, and prevent his bike from overheating. In Design mode, you can make your own course--with all the ramps, mounds, bridges, and other obstacles in the game--and then save the design for your friends to race on.

NES Classics - Pacman

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Now you can find out what made Pac-Man an icon of the 1980s and an icon of video game culture. In this NES Classics game, Pac-Man gets to do what he does best: chomp pellets and ghosts. You'll maneuver Pac-Man through a maze filled with pellets, fruit, power pellets, and ghosts. Your enemies--Blinky, Pinky, Clyde, and Inky--aren't very smart, but they move faster as the game progresses. Two players can take turns mastering the maze, either on the same Game Pak or through the Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable.

NES Classics - Xevious

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Mission: Seek and destroy XEVIOUS enemy aircraft and bases. Equipment: Fighter plane with laser-pulse anti-aircraft missiles and bombs. Skillfully manuever your fighter through treacherous air space to gain the strike advantage.

Spyro Adventure

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In a terrible mishap, Spyro, Sparx, and the Professor have inadvertently torn a hole in the fabric of space between the Rhynoc and Dragon Realms. Now, at the command of the elusive Ripto, droves of Rhynocs are pouring into the Dragon Realms in yet another attempt to make life miserable. As Spyro, Agent 9, or Sergeant Byrd, you must help the Professor close the hole quickly before the gate becomes too big and the two realms fuse together--permanently. You can use Spyro's new abilities, including the Head-Butt Slam, Cyclone Attack, Phoenix Vision, and more.

F-Zero GP Legend

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The year is A.D. 2201, and you are about to enter the world of ultra-high-speed F-ZERO Grand Prix races, which take place on specially-constructed circuit tracks located all over the universe. Take control of eight different characters - including the mysterious Captain Falcon, new racing star Rick Wheeler, and the evil lord Black Shadow - as you race through an action-packed story that spans multiple planets!

Mario Power Tennis

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Think you've got the strokes to go toe-to-toe with the best tennis players in the Mario universe? Test your topspin in this role-playing sports adventure! Train your characters and build up their stats and customize your character with all-new Power Shots to give the classic game a twist!

Pokemon Fire Red

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A new thrilling Pokemon adventure with many mysteries awaits you. The Kanto region unfolds numerous exciting quests only the true Pokemon trainer can master! Collect and raise your Pokemon, in order to prove yourself in the Pokemon League while single-handedly bringing down Team Rocket. Do you have what it takes to become the ultimate Pokemon Master?

Pokemon Sapphire

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Immerse yourself in the beautiful region of Hoenn, a place of masterful heroes and mysterious teams, of friendship and battles. As the new kid in town, you set off on your journey as a Pokemon Trainer. Who knows what wonders and dangers await you? Now it's time to grab your gear and head out on your own. There are some differences between Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, such as how often certain Pokemon appear. This product can only be linked to the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire versions. It is not compatible with other Pokemon versions or the Pokemon Stadium series.

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