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Game Boy Advance
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An indigo original model (AGB-001) Game Boy Advance.
Manufacturer Nintendo
Generation Sixth generation
Release date March 21, 2001 (Japan)
June 11, 2001 (NA)
June 22, 2001 (EU and AUS)
Media type ROM cartridge
Num. of buttons (excl. sticks): 10
Display Diagonal width: 2.9 in (~7.366 cm)
Type: TFT LCD screen [1]
Predecessor Game Boy Color
Successor Game Boy Advance SP, Nintendo DS

The Game Boy Advance (model no. AGB-001 [2]) is the 32-bit handheld console successor to the Game Boy Color. It was developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo, and released on March 21, 2001 in Japan, on June 11, 2001 in North America, and on June 22, 2001 in Europe and Australia.

Hardware[edit]

Main Article: Game Boy Advance Hardware

Technical specifications
Memory BIOS RAM: 16 KB
Work RAM: 288 KB (Fast 32KB on-chip, plus Slow 256KB on-board)
VRAM: 96 KB
OAM: 1 KB (128 OBJs 3x16bit, 32 OBJ-Rotation/Scalings 4x16bit)
Palette RAM: 1 KB (256 BG colors, 256 OBJ colors)
Display 2.9 inch (~ 7.366 cm) TFT color LCD
Audio Analogue: 4 channel CGB compatible (3x square wave, 1x noise)
Digital: 2 DMA sound channels
Output ports headphones socket (stereo)
Serial port, see accessories for uses
Power Battery: 2x1.5V DC (AA), Life-time approx. 15 hours
External: 3.3V DC 350mA
Dimensions Width: 145 mm (~5.708661 in/14.5 cm)
Length: 81 mm (3.188976 in/8.1 cm)
Depth (Height): 25 mm (0.984252 in/2.5 cm)

Revisions[edit]


Game Boy Advance SP (AGS series)[edit]

Game Boy Advance SP
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A blue AGS-001 (frontlit) Game Boy Advance SP.
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A baby blue AGS-101 (backlit) Game Boy Advance SP.
Manufacturer Nintendo
Generation Sixth generation
Release date ---
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Media type ROM cartridge
Num. of buttons (excl. sticks): 11
Predecessor Game Boy Advance
Successor Game Boy Micro, Nintendo DS

The Game Boy Advance SP (SP meaning Special) was released in early 2003. It featured significant changes from the AGB-001, such as a lit screen rechargeable batteries, and an entirely new form factor. The SP revision is made up of two models: the AGS-001 and the AGS-101. The

Changes[edit]

Both models have a "clamshell" design, meaning the system is made up of two distinct parts that are physically connected to the system's shell by a hinge: the top half has the the entirety of the system's screen, and the bottom half features everything else; the buttons, the I/O ports, etc.

Both models *also* feature a screen with lighting, the AGS-001 having a frontlit screen and the AGS-101, a backlit one. These two also feature a new "Brightness Switch", called as such by the AGS-101's manual. This "switch" is a button that adjusts the lighting of the screen: For the AGS-001, this simply turns the frontlight on and off. For the AGS-101, this cannot be turned off, but can be adjusted from a "Normal" brightness setting (already much brighter than the AGS-001's on setting), and a "Bright" brightness setting, which lights up the screen even further.



Technical specifications
Memory BIOS RAM: 16 KB
Work RAM: 288 KB (Fast 32KB on-chip, plus Slow 256KB on-board)
VRAM: 96 KB
OAM: 1 KB (128 OBJs 3x16bit, 32 OBJ-Rotation/Scalings 4x16bit)
Palette RAM: 1 KB (256 BG colors, 256 OBJ colors)
Display 2.9 inch (~ 7.366 cm) TFT color LCD
AGS-001: frontlit screen
AGS-101: backlit screen
Audio Analogue: 4 channel CGB compatible (3x square wave, 1x noise)
Digital: 2 DMA sound channels
Output ports headphones socket (stereo)
Serial port, see accessories for uses
Power Battery: Built-in 3.7V 600mAh rechargeable Lithium ion battery
Dimensions Closed: 82 mm x 82 mm x 24 mm
Fullly extended: 155 mm x 82 mm x 24 mm


Game Boy Micro (OXY-001)[edit]

Game Boy Micro
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A gray Game Boy Micro, model # OXY-001.
Manufacturer Nintendo
Generation Sixth generation
Release date ---
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Media type ROM cartridge
Num. of buttons (excl. sticks): 10
Predecessor Game Boy Advance SP
Successor Nintendo DS

Released in 2005, the Game Boy Micro is a revision of the AGB-001.

Changes[edit]
Display[edit]

The screen of the Micro is 2 inches diagonally, making it an inch smaller than the other models when measured across (when measured by the perimeter, it is 42 mm (4.2 cm/1.653543 in) x 28 mm (2.8 cm/1.102362 in) making it , while retaining the GBA's resolution, giving it an incredibly sharp image due to having less pixels per inch (PPI) to have to fill in.

Audio[edit]

See above.

Memory[edit]

See above.

Power[edit]

See above.


Technical specifications
Memory BIOS RAM: 16 KB
Work RAM: 288 KB (Fast 32KB on-chip, plus Slow 256KB on-board)
VRAM: 96 KB
OAM: 1 KB (128 OBJs 3x16bit, 32 OBJ-Rotation/Scalings 4x16bit)
Palette RAM: 1 KB (256 BG colors, 256 OBJ colors)
Display 2.0 inch (~ 5.08 cm) TFT color LCD
Audio Analogue: 4 channel CGB compatible (3x square wave, 1x noise)
Digital: 2 DMA sound channels
Output ports headphones socket (stereo)
Serial port, see accessories for uses


Accessories[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named GBATEK
  2. Maru Chang's GBA/SP/Micro model number page (Archive)