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  1. Game Boy Advance (AGB-001)

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  2. Game Boy Advance SP (AGS-001, AGS-101)

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  3. Game Boy Micro (OXY-001)

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    Launching all the way back in 2001, the Game Boy Advance was the first radical redesign in the Game Boy line of systems with its move to a horizontal layout. Throughout its nearly 10 year lifespan we also saw multiple redesigns and revisions of the hardware.

    It infamously launched with a non-backlit screen meaning it was notorious for being difficult to play in low light situations. This was remedied by third party add-ons, most famously the Afterburner and was later addressed by Nintendo with the launch of the Game Boy Advance SP which featured a front-lit display.

    It was also of course the system that made GBAtemp possible and the reason we're here today thanks to a boom in piracy when an abundance of affordable and easy-to-use flash carts flooded the markets.

    The GBA saw three major hardware revisions with the original, the SP and the Micro.

    The Original Game Boy Advance

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    The original GBA launched on March 21 2001 in Japan and has sold over 81 million units to date. It's radical redesign in form factor sported a horizontal layout, shoulder buttons and 240×160px TFT LCD.

    Games shipped on game paks that were roughly half the height of the original Game Boy cartridges and could hold up to 32MB of data (with Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories shipping on this size cartridge).

    Game Boy Advance SP

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    The Game Boy Advance launched in 2003 and saw yet another change to the form factor of the handheld. It featured a clam shell design which enabled the screen to be protected when not in use, more importantly, the display featured a front-lit panel which enabled play in any lighting condition.

    In terms of specs the system stayed the same but Nintendo added a rechargeable lithium ion battery and opted to remove the headphone jack (showing courage 13 years before Apple). They sold a separate adaptor for 3.5mm headphones that plugged into the multipurpose charging port. This also meant you couldn't charge the system and use headphones at the same time.

    In late 2005 Nintendo released a revised version of the GBA SP (AGS-101) of which the major difference was the addition of a proper backlit and much brighter screen.

    Game Boy Advance Micro

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    In 2005 Nintendo released the final GBA redesign in the form of the Game Boy Advance Micro. A miniature version of the system barely any bigger than the game paks themselves. Weighing in at just 80g the system sported a rechargeable battery and backlit display.

    The screen was of course much smaller though it retained pixel resolution meaning games didn't look squashed or distorted. Interestingly enough for the size it also saw the return of the headphone jack and also featured removable, customisable face plates. Though it did lose backwards compatibility with legacy Game Boy cartridges.

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    What was your preferred model of the Game Boy Advance?
     
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    Personally for me, as much as I found the original GBA the comfier option for longer play sessions, I can't deny the gorgeous design of the SP. It's sleek appearance and clam-shell design was unexpected from Nintendo at the time, with the front lit screen only sweetening the deal. It was also easier to carry out and about and to college etc. So much of my play time was done on the SP. :yaysp:
     
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    I love the SP but god was it painful to have no headphone jack.
     
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    here's my system (a Majora's Mask gba sp backlit w/ an everdrive gba):

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    I love GBAtemp, but I don't love the GBA. This is a dilemma.
     
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    Maybe pick the model you hate the least? :P
     
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    Dust edition
     

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    I still have my see-through classic GBA (like the one pictured in the OP) and it is by far my favourite model.
    I never owned a SP myself but a friend of mine did and we switched quite often, but I never really liked how the square shape felt in my hands, it was uncomfortable to hold for a longer period of time.
    Also, I'm not ever sure I've ever SEEN a micro in real life, so I have no opinion on that one ‍♂️
    So I'm definitely going with the classic!
     
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    These two
     

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    The Gameboy micro is one of the worst videogame consoles Nintendo has ever made. Is not the worst just because the Virtual Boy existed.
     
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    The og GBA with the backlight mod.
    There leave it or take it.
     
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    I hope the link cable still works hehe
     

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    I also own a Japanese gba, but it's not backlit. I tried playing it the other day, and I couldn't see what was going on. I don't know how I played a game like that. I had a non backlit sp, and I felt the same way. backlit or I just can't play it.
     
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    That's a modded console not an official one.

    Ten years ago stores were STILL trying to get rid of them.
     
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    Form factor is the original GBA, hands down, but the AGS 101 is king with its backlight.

    Or just get a modded one ;)

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    My favourite GBA back in the days was a PSP.

    On a more serious note, I'd always prefer the Advance SP. I remember that when I was a kid I bought an original GBA at a store and returned it one day later just to spend €30 more on an Advance SP. And I couldn't have been happier about it.

    Even though I am also looking forward to mod an original GBA that I now happen to own, I feel bad about having to tear out an SP screen to do it. And I actually like the smaller form factor of the GBA SP. That being said I'm just interested in the process of modding a GBA rather than thinking a modded GBA is superior to an SP. But that's just my opinion.
     
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    GBA SP AGS-101 is the best variant.
     
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    Is mine real ? I cant find this color online
     

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    GBA SP of course, easy choice, no second doubts. :)

    Backlight screen built in, rechargeable battery, folding screen for protection and portablilty, and it plays the older gameboy games. Gameboy Micro can't play those games, and without mod the original can't use backlight. Would be nice if any onf them had stereo sound so you don't need headphones. :ninja:

    Got the memories when my brother got his original GBA with Konami Krazy Racers and Tony Hawk Pro skater 2. Got my GBA SP christmas 2004 with Kingdom Hearts Chain Of Memories and Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon. I just wanted donkey kong Country to replace the one I had on Gameboy Color since it seemed better. :blink:
     
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