Game Boy Advance (often abbreviated as GBA) is a 32-bit handheld video game console released by Nintendo. Since the console release, several Sonic the Hedgehog games, compilations, and videocarts have been exclusively hosted on it.
Contrary to the previous Game Boy models, which were all following the "portrait" form factor of the original Game Boy (designed by Gunpei Yokoi), the Game Boy Advance was designed in a "landscape" form factor, putting the buttons to the sides of the device instead of below the screen. The Game Boy Advance was designed by the French designer Gwénaël Nicolas and his Tokyo-based design studio Curiosity Inc.
Nintendo's competitors in the handheld market at the time were the Neo Geo Pocket Color, WonderSwan Color, GP32, and the N-Gage. Despite the competitors' best efforts, Nintendo maintained a majority market share with the Game Boy Advance.
As of June 30, 2010, the Game Boy Advance series has sold 81.51 million units worldwide. Its successor, the Nintendo DS, was released in November 2004 and the DS is also fully compatible with Game Boy Advance software excluding DSi which had GBA slot removed.
List of cartridge releases
- Sonic Advance (2001)
- Sonic Advance 2 (2002)
- Sonic Battle (2003)
- Sonic Pinball Party (2003)
- Sonic Advance 3 (2004)
- Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis (2006)
Sonic X videocarts
- Sonic X: A Super Sonic Hero (Contains: Chaos Control Freaks and Sonic to the Rescue)
- Sonic X: Chaos Emerald Chaos (Unreleased, originally meant to contain both Missile Wrist Rampage and Chaos Emerald Chaos episodes from Sonic X)
Box artwork gallery
Sonic X videocarts
- In Japan only, the Game Boy Advance is tied with the Nintendo GameCube for the first Nintendo system to have a Sonic game released for it (Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle respectively), with both games being released on 20 December 2001.
- There are some games, such as Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse, that can use a Game Boy Advance GameCube Cable to get new features on a Game Boy Advance game.
- There is however no Sonic Game Boy Advance game or Gamecube game that utilizes the cable.
- ↑ Kuwamoto, Misuzu (7 March 2001). 任天堂、GBAの今後の展開を発表、GBA対応の新ポケモンカードを発売 (Japanese). ASCII. Retrieved on 12 June 2018.
- ↑ IGN Staff (7 March 2001). The US Launch Price and Launch Titles for GBA. IGN. Retrieved on 12 June 2018.
- ↑ Marbot, Olivier (28 January 2002). La Game Boy Advance passe à 99 euros (French). LSA. Retrieved on 12 June 2018.
- ↑ BorisPN (22 March 2016). Game Boy Advance: 15 ans d'histoire (1ère partie) (French). Puissance Nintendo. Retrieved on 22 March 2018.
- Game Boy Advance at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia