Game Boy Advance

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The original Game Boy Advance
Available colors:
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Handheld
Release date(s) Japan March 21, 2001[1]
United States of America June 11, 2001[2]
Europe June 22, 2001[3]
Australia June 22, 2001[4]
Discontinued Japan Q4 2006
United States of America May 15, 2010
Europe Q4 2008
Australia Q4 2008
Media Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance Game Paks
Input D-pad, face buttons
Predecessor Game Boy Color
Successor Nintendo DS

The Game Boy Advance, often abbreviated to GBA, is a 32-bit handheld game console made by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Game Boy Color and the predecessor to the Nintendo DS. Officially revealed on September 1, 1999, it was released on March 21, 2001 in Japan; in North America on June 11, 2001; and June 22, 2001 in Europe and Australasia. It was later released in China as the iQue Game Boy Advance on June 8, 2004. The Game Boy Advance has backwards compatibility with the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles.

While there are no Animal Crossing series games made for the Game Boy Advance, Animal Crossing supports connection with the system to access features such as Advance Play with the NES, data transfer to and from Animal Island, and a free pattern-maker. The Game Boy Advance also supports a peripheral known as the e-Reader, a device that allows the GBA to scan and import data on encrypted cards. In Doubutsu no Mori e+, the player can also play various minigames from the wishing well with GBA connectivity, and a Game Boy Advance is not required to access the island.

The GBA sold a total of 81.51 million units worldwide,[5] and was considered a commercial success.


Name Image JP release NA release EU release AUS release Notes
Game Boy Advance Game Boy Advance.png March 21, 2001 June 11, 2001 June 22, 2001 June 22, 2001 Original model of the Game Boy Advance.
Game Boy Advance SP (AGS-001) Game Boy Advance SP.png February 14, 2003 March 23, 2003 March 28, 2003 March 28, 2003 A model of the GBA that incorporates a clamshell design and a front-lit screen but removes the headphone jack.
Game Boy Advance SP (AGS-101) Game Boy Advance SP 101.jpg ? September, 2005 2006 ? An updated version of the original GBA SP that features a backlit screen.
Game Boy Micro September 13, 2005 September 19, 2005 November 4, 2005 November 3, 2005 A more affordable and compact GBA model that lacks backwards compatibility with Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.



  1. IGN Staff (August 23, 2000). "Game Boy Advance: It's Finally Unveiled". IGN.
  2. Lauren Fielder (May 16, 2001). "E3 2001: Nintendo unleashes GameCube software, a new Miyamoto game, and more". GameSpot.
  3. Tom Bramwell (March 21, 2001). "GBA Day: June 22nd". Eurogamer.
  4. "Hyper #94". Hyper. pp. 9.
  5. Nintendo. "IR Information : Sales Data - Dedicated Video Game Sales Units". Retrieved August 24, 2021.

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