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Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Handheld game console
Generation Sixth generation era
First available JP March 21, 2001
NA June 11, 2001
AU June 22, 2001
EU June 22, 2001
Media Cartridge
Units sold Worldwide: 80.72 million, all versions combined (as of December 31, 2007).
Japan: 16.76 million
Americas: 41.65 million
Other: 22.31 million
Best-selling game Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, 13 million combined (as of November 25, 2004)
Backward compatibility Game Boy, Game Boy Color
Predecessor Game Boy Color
Successor Game Boy Advance SP (redesign)

The GameBoy Advance (often shortened to GBA) is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the popular Game Boy Color. It was released in Japan on March 21, 2001; in North America on June 11, 2001; in Australia on June 22, 2001, in Europe on June 22, 2001; and in the People's Republic of China on June 8, 2004 (excluding Hong Kong).

In 1996, magazines including issues 53 and 54 of Total! and the July 1996 issue of Game Informer featured reports of a new Game Boy, codenamed Project Atlantis. Although the expected release date of "early 1997" would make this machine seem to be the Game Boy Color, it was described as having "a 32-bit RISC processor" and "allowing similar to SNES standard games-playing to be played in the palm of your hand"—a description that more closely matches the Game Boy Advance.


Technical specifications:

The technical specifications of the original Game Boy Advance are, as provided by Nintendo:

Backward compatibility for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games is provided by an 8.4 MHz Z80 co-processor, while a link port at the top of the unit allows it to be connected to other devices via use of a Nintendo Game Link cable or GameCube cable.