GBA pulled from shelves - Discontinued

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by flipt, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. flipt
    OP

    flipt Member

    Newcomer
    34
    0
    Dec 31, 2005
    Canada
    Went out today to buy my young daughter a GBA (Pink)(shes to young to use a DS still). I had seen many upon many at the local walmart and figured I would be able to get one. NOPE.

    Supposedly, they have sold them all and arent getting any more.

    I can understand the GBA being discontinued, but after further investigation ALL stores have had the GBA "sold out"

    Is this a move by Nintendo to get everyone to buy the DS (which I have and personally love) or a case of pure co-incidence?
     


  2. JPH

    JPH Banned

    Banned
    6,892
    11
    Jul 11, 2006
    United States
    The stores over had a lot last time I checked (but today was Black Friday so...er, probably sold out?).
    This may only be in Canada, or perhaps only in the area you live in.
    Nintendo will milk all the money they can out of the GBA and I wouldn't be surprised if they continue to sell GBA a little longer...

    edit: spelling error
     
  3. Lumstar

    Lumstar Princess

    Member
    3,618
    87
    Mar 6, 2006
    United States
    Darling
    Good question. Nintendo often doesn't make a public announcement when discontinuing products or cancelling games.

    Like there wasn't an official one for the eReader's end of life. Nor for production ending of any GBA model. Or the cancellation of Nintendo Puzzle Collection outside Japan.
     
  4. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    Member
    4,888
    37
    May 14, 2006
    United States
    oh shit, i better buy a micro as soon as i can then

    always wanted one, something to play during assemblies and mass days at school
     
  5. Jaejae

    Jaejae Superfly Don't Used

    Member
    625
    0
    Sep 23, 2007
    New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Yep, I'd better get that Famicom Micro off Play Asia soon then.
     
  6. Gaisuto

    Gaisuto Lose 2 Levels.

    Former Staff
    5,925
    2
    Oct 27, 2002
    United States
    Palm Coast
    Just get her a DS, it isn't any more complicated to use than a GBA, and it still has plenty of simple games.
     
  7. NonStopInTheMix

    NonStopInTheMix GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    264
    0
    Mar 26, 2007
    Canada
    Canada
    hmm well here in Toronto i just went to the Real Canadian SUperstore the other day and i saw gameboy SP's there.. although there were onlyl like 5 left ><

    i think nintendo is going to disown the gameboy advanced series all together.. just like they did with the original gameboy + square cartridge games. Like with the latest news of rumors about how nintendo's Ds Lite 2.0 will NOT have a gba slot anymore >
     
  8. T-hug

    T-hug Always like this.

    pip Chief Editor
    9,000
    3,923
    Oct 24, 2002
    England
    Exactly! Get her the DS and just play GBA carts on it. Least when she is old enough for DS games you already have it!
    If she can play GBA, I'm pretty sure there are some DS games that would cater for her, why not do a test run with your DS?
     
  9. VVoltz

    VVoltz The Pirate Lord

    Member
    2,727
    109
    Nov 6, 2002
    USA
    Well, one thing is for sure, this post has a big "get you GBM as soon as you can!" title all over it! =D
     
  10. War

    War Take it easy~

    Member
    5,409
    8
    Oct 26, 2007
    California
    Well, it makes sense really. Why should they keep attempting to sell the GBA when the DS has been out forever, plays GBA games perfect, and is the latest model?
     
  11. Lumstar

    Lumstar Princess

    Member
    3,618
    87
    Mar 6, 2006
    United States
    Darling
    Yes, but if so... It was quietly discontinued. Like the original Xbox. No direct confirmation from Nintendo corporate HQ themselves.
     
  12. JPH

    JPH Banned

    Banned
    6,892
    11
    Jul 11, 2006
    United States
    Hell yeah...so portable and lightweight. I love them little things [​IMG]

    And yes, DS Phat since she's young...it's more durable than the Lite, since she is young.
    Or hell, maybe order her an SP or Micro on the internet for cheap?
     
  13. Hiratai

    Hiratai I'm like *tick* *tick*

    Banned
    1,031
    1
    Aug 17, 2007
    United States
    Yes, get her a small lightweight, endurable thing liek the Micro.

    But get her a DS Phat because it's durable. You contradict yourself too much. On a simpler note, you should buy her a GBA on craigslist, or eBay. Hell, I could sell you one fo mine.
     
  14. mthrnite

    mthrnite So it goes.

    Former Staff
    4,527
    938
    Jun 30, 2006
    United States
    th' south
    I strongly suggest trying to find a micro. It's durable, no hinges to crack, and it's a great size for little hands. I've dropped mine a few times and it's none the worse for wear. Also the faceplates are great for when it gets a bit scuffed up.. just change it out, hey presto!

    Awesome little handhelds!!! You may have to look a bit to find one, but they are utterly worth it.
     
  15. Talaria

    Talaria ...

    Member
    584
    0
    Jan 31, 2007
    New Zealand
    ...
    Not susprised at all that they are discontinuing the GBA. If Nintendo announced what they were doing with a big Goodbye GBA press announcement all the little fanboy's will be like you can't do that...etc.

    As with your issue i suggest try to find a Micro as Mthrnite and others have suggested ,more durable, light weight and stuff which makes it the overall better thing to get.
     
  16. ben_r_

    ben_r_ GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    233
    1
    Sep 30, 2007
    United States
    California
    Well if you cant get them in the store theres always ebay....
     
  17. flipt
    OP

    flipt Member

    Newcomer
    34
    0
    Dec 31, 2005
    Canada
    Ebay is insane for the gba... atleast 100 bux without shipping.. ouch.

    I can understand the gba being discontinued... its just the manner... everywhere saying the "sold them all" at the same time (I went to 4 diffrent stores)
     
  18. CockroachMan

    CockroachMan Scribbling around GBATemp's kitchen.

    Member
    3,889
    5
    Jan 14, 2006
    Brazil
    Brazil
    I don't think it's discontinued yet.. there are still games being released to it.. i think.. [​IMG]
     
  19. BumFace

    BumFace GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    160
    1
    Nov 24, 2007
    UK, London
    well there are second handstores, but it might not be likely that they might have a gba
     
  20. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    16,978
    3,095
    Oct 12, 2004
    Well if they get a GBA now they might get a DS later on, so instead of just buying a DS they'll sell two consoles.

    Does that even make sense? [​IMG]

    Anyway they are still on sell over here, but I'd doubt stores will stock brand new GBAs when their current stock has gone as people are trading their old GBA consoles in and I guess they make more money of them.