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GBA Special Project.
Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP
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Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP
Advantages: Clamshell design protects screen, rechargable battery, backlight.
Disadvantages: May not be worth it if you have an existing GBA or a DS.
The new Gameboy Advance has been released ! This new version is better than ever before with new features and a cool new look to drive you and the world wild.
The Console: The GBA SP or Special Project as it is called is not an entire new Gameboy it is the original bestselling Nintendo Gameboy Advance repackaged to make it even better and easier to use for all us gamers. The GBA SP is available in a wide range of colours and there have been special edition releases so you will definately find one you like.
The New Features: The new GBA SP has several new innovative features to its name, with the old GBA you would forever be accidently scratching the delicate plastic screen by leaving it in a back pocket, Nintendo have given us a clamshell design with the SP which helps keep the screen in top condition. Playing in the dark would be near impossible with the old GBA even with a special light, the new SP contains a built in backlight which lights up the screen in the darkest of conditions and makes general viewing less heavy on the eyes. Last but not least a new power system has been introduced, gone are the days of buying AA batteries at £4.99 a pop the SP features a rechargable battery which plugs straight into the mains. Looking good.
The Graphics: The graphics on the GBA SP are identical to those on the original GBA handheld, the graphics do rely on the game though, for example Star Wars: Attack of The Clones feature poor graphics but Spyro Season of Ice features vibrant colourful graphics sometimes even 3D, most impressive is Rayman which is graphically identical to the PlayStation original. However with the light on the GBA SPs screen seems to shimmer sometimes.
The Sound: The sound is at best OK you can get the Star Wars music piped through and the sound is quite good with the orchestra sounding excellent but it is distinguishable from a CD player, the speakers are very small so getting Stereo quality sound is not possible, the sound has been improved though with the GBA SP being slighlty louder than the GBA but to enjoy stereo sound you can purchase a decent pair of earphones.
The Games: The games are widely available and come in many different varieties, you have adventure games such as Spyro, a strategy game such as Advance Wars, a full RPG such as FF Tactics, Film tie-ins such as Spiderman but best of all you can get the Nintendo classic titles such as the old Mario games and Zelda.
Ease of Use: The GBA SP has not be overcomplicated using exactly the same buttons as the GBA, the A and B buttons, the D pad, the L and R trigger buttons and the Start and select buttons. Although the buttons have been kept the same the GBA SP feels slightly less comfortable to hold than the GBA.
Accessories: There are hundreds of accessories for the GBA SP, the main accesories are link cables which enable you to link 2 or more GBA consoles together for multiplayer action, carry case to carry your GBA in style, magnifier to magnify the on-screen action, stereo headphones to listen to your GBAs sound in full stereo, games wallet to store your games and dont forget to pick up a GBA to Gamecube lead to unlock the special features of certain Gamecube games.
The Price: The GBA SP is available for a cut price of around £50 due to the launch on Nintendos new handheld the DS and is becoming hard to find. Games are widely available and retail for around £10-30 depending on how recent the game is. You can purchase an accessories kit with everything you will ever need for around £20. The GBA SP is available from all good video game stores and ofcourse eBay.
Nintendo Support: The GBA SP comes with a 1 year warranty and support is available on the nintendo website, you can also register your GBA SP and get Nintendo Stars which are basically reward points you recieve them for buying Nintendo consoles and games, when you have enough stars you can claim a wallpaper or if you have enough a new game.
So Should I Buy It ?: Thats a tough question, if you already have the original GBA I dont think it is worth upgrading just yet, but if you can find it at a low price then go ahead. If you want to play current games get yourself a DS or DS lite both of which are compatible with GBA software. If you dont have a GBA then rush out and buy the SP now!
Summary: A brilliant redesign of the timeless GameBoy Advance.