Game Boy Advance

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Game Boy Advance Logo.svg
Game Boy Advance.png
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 (GBA) is a handheld video game console made by Nintendo and released in 2001. While no Animal Crossing games were released for the Game Boy Advance, Doubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+ feature GBA connectivity via the Nintendo GameCube–Game Boy Advance link cable. Additionally, several series of e-Reader cards for the aforementioned games were released for the GBA's e-Reader accessory.

The GBA sold a total of 81.51 million units worldwide.[5] It was succeeded by the Nintendo DS in 2004.

Animal Crossing content[edit]

Advance Play[edit]

In Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, when interacting with an NES game item while a Game Boy Advance is connected to the Nintendo GameCube, the Advance Play option appears. Advance Play downloads the NES game's data to the GBA and allows it to be played there. Afterward, the GBA can be disconnected to the GameCube; it can be reconnected to transfer data back to the GameCube to save progress.

Clu Clu Land D, Punch-Out!!, Wario's Woods, and the unobtainable The Legend of Zelda do not support Advance Play as they are too large to be stored in the GBA's RAM.

Animal Island[edit]

Main article: Animal Island (minigame)
Faith fishing on the GBA island

In Doubutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing, Animal Island can only be accessed while a Game Boy Advance is connected to the Nintendo GameCube. When on the island, when the player asks Kapp'n to return to the mainland, he gives them the option to save the island to the GBA. If the player does this, the Animal Island minigame appears on the GBA. In the minigame, the player can interact with the islander, helping them catch fish, eat fruits or coconuts left on the ground, dig up buried items, chop down trees, or catch flying presents. The next time the player visits the island, any changes made to the island in the minigame are uploaded to the GameCube.

In Doubutsu no Mori e+, the Animal Island minigame is removed, as the island no longer requires a GBA connection to visit and is instead unlocked after paying off a loan.

Design maker[edit]

The design editor on the GBA

In Doubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+, the player can create and edit designs on the Game Boy Advance if one is connected to the Nintendo GameCube when speaking to Mabel at the Able Sisters.

Doubutsu no Mori e+: Doubutsu-tachi to Asobou![edit]

Main article: Doubutsu no Mori e+: Doubutsu-tachi to Asobou!
The Donjanken Doubutsu-tachi to Asobou! minigame

In Doubutsu no Mori e+, the player can access one of three minigames, collectively known as Doubutsu no Mori e+: Doubutsu-tachi to Asobou!, from the wishing well while a is a collection of three Game Boy Advance minigames that can be accessed from the wishing well while a GBA is connected to the Nintendo GameCube. These minigames feature villagers from the player's town alongside the player, and if won, the player receives one of 18 exclusive furniture items.

e-Reader[edit]

Main articles: e-Reader and e-Reader card

The e-Reader is an accessory for the Game Boy Advance that can read special scannable cards, which transfer data to GBA. Multiple series of cards were released for Doubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+. In Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, a GBA with an e-Reader can be connected to the GameCube for additional features.

Models[edit]

Name Image Release dates Notes
Game Boy Advance Game Boy Advance.png Japan March 21, 2001
United States of America June 11, 2001
Europe June 22, 2001
Australia June 22, 2001
China June 8, 2004
Original model of the Game Boy Advance.
Game Boy Advance SP (AGS-001) Game Boy Advance SP.png Japan February 14, 2003
United States of America March 23, 2003
Europe March 28, 2003
Australia 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 Japan ???
United States of America September 2005
Europe 2006
Australia ???
An updated version of the original GBA SP that features a backlit screen.
Game Boy Micro Nia.png Japan September 13, 2005
United States of America September 19, 2005
Europe November 4, 2005
Australia November 3, 2005
China October 1, 2005
A more affordable and compact GBA model that lacks backwards compatibility with Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. This model is not compatible with the e-Reader

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References[edit]

  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". nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved August 24, 2021.

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