Game Boy Advance
The original Game Boy Advance
|Release date(s)|| March 21, 2001|
June 11, 2001
June 22, 2001
June 22, 2001
|Discontinued|| Q4 2006|
May 15, 2010
|Media||Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance Game Paks|
|Input||D-pad, face buttons|
|Predecessor||Game Boy Color|
The Game Boy Advance, often abbreviated to GBA, is a 32-bit handheld gaming system, 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.
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, and was considered a commercial success.
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