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Game Boy Advance SP: Silver

by Nintendo
Game Boy Advance
 Ages 3 and Over
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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  • Handheld video game console with flip-top screen
  • Built-in screen light with on/off switch
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included) offers 10-18 hours of continuous play
  • 32-bit RISC CPU
  • Backward-compatible--plays all Game Boy/Game Boy Advance games
  • Also available in other colours
  • Why not sell your old GBA at Amazon.co.uk Marketplace?
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Game Boy Advance
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • ASIN: B000087H7T
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 2.3 x 8.1 cm ; 141 g
  • Release Date: 24 Sep 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,069 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

At first look, you might think the Game Boy Advance SP is a sleek travel alarm clock; when closed, it's just as tall and deep as the original GBA, but only half as wide. Its clamshell design protects the screen from everyday scratches. Open it up and the hinge will seek out a preferred, pre-set angle (about 150 degrees), though you can open it a bit wider or narrower for your own comfort. The hinge stands up well to lateral pressure.

Many decried the original GBA's reflective LCD screen and its reliance on external light sources. The Game Boy Advance SP's main feature--optional built-in lighting--fixes this complaint nicely. The quality of the backlighting is very good; it's bright and clear when looking directly at the screen, though less so from other angles.

The SP comes with a power adapter that recharges a built-in lithium battery; our informal tests found that it takes about four hours to fully charge (you can play it while it's plugged in and charging), and the battery lasts about 11 hours with the backlighting constantly on. Using the backlighting less often will conserve battery power.

Size, power, and affordability don't come without trade offs, though. There's no headphone jack here--you'll need a separately sold adapter--and the system isn't very loud at its highest volume. The L and R shoulder buttons are a fraction of the size they were on the GBA, and thus are harder to hit, and the reduced size of the SP is slightly less comfortable for adult hands than the GBA. The cartridge port placement on the lower part of the console is fine for GBA games, since they are flush with the console body, but older Game Boy Color carts will stick out in a way that takes some getting used to.

Overall, the SP is a significant improvement on, and seems just as rugged as, its predecessor--which has proven to be very rugged indeed. --Porter B Hall

Product Description

Includes Gameboy Advance SP Case and charger

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pocket consoles as they should be 28 July 2003
By Mr. W. Hardy VINE VOICE
Format:Video Game
I admit that I have just returned to handheld consoles after many years of ignoring them. My last handheld was a Sega GameGear, and that was a bit of a disappointment to say the least (apart from the TV adaptor, which was actually quite good). It took a bit of convincing for me to return to this format of gaming, but I am glad that I did.
The styling and looks of the GBA SP are superb, it just looks nice and sits comfortably in the hand. I'd read some criticism about the shoulder buttons, but I find them to be in a good position, and don't have to fumble about to use them. It's nice and light and small too, and this truly does make it a proper portable handheld.
The backlight is a long overdue addition to the GameBoy range. I had used friends' original GameBoy Advance, and found it frustrating trying to see what was happening on the screen without a serious amount of lighting. Now, I can happily play in the dark. Which is nice.
The one factor which really made me cough up the hard earned cash for this was the variety and quality of games available. I'm currently working my way through Zelda-Link to the Past, and Metroid Fusion. The fact that I can link Metroid Fusion to Metroid Prime on my GameCube and unlock yet another Metroid game is just a nice bonus.
There's no doubt about it - this is a nice piece of kit which will provide me with hours of blissful gaming entertainment. All I wonder now is how the recently announced Sony PSP will compare ...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPecial !!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 Sep 2004
By A. Raza
Format:Video Game
The Gameboy advance SP is a big step forward compared to it's predessor. It features a built in backlight so you can play in the dark. NO LARGE LAMPS REQUIRED. A rechargable battery that lasts 18hours and can be taken anywhere. and there are tons of games to play. I think this is the best thing around and worth the money.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best handheld system yet 10 Mar 2004
By R. Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
Despite their failings in the home console market, Nintendo continue to dominate the handheld market with the fabulous game boy advance SP (special project).
This is what the original game boy advance should have been!
The games are perfect for the job, quick pick up and play for the 30 minutes here and there while you're on the tube, bus etc.
The back light means you can play it wherever and when ever you want, and if you turn the light off you will wonder how you could ever play the original game boy/advance without it.
The battery life is superb, I think I have charged it about 5 times since I bought it 7 months ago!
It also folds away to a tiny size, just right for your coat pocket.
The only flaws are the lack of a headphone socket. You have to pay extra for Nintendo's own headphone adapter and the fact that the screen is front lit instead of back lit, meaning the colours are very slightly washed out when the light is on. However, these are only very minor flaws.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Gameboy Advance 5 April 2003
By Choccy
Format:Video Game
OK, lets start by saying that the original GBA was below par for a company that values its customers like Nintendo. This was all down to the lack of a built in light source for the screen which meant that if the lighting conditions were not almost perfect, you were going to have problems seeing what was on screen. Thankfully this has now been added for the SP version along with some additional features that make the console feel that little bit special. Like higher end walkmans it now comes with its own built in battery that requires charging (No more paying Ł2 for a pack of 2 batteries every week!) and a new sleeker design which has all but halved the size of the unit (It now actually does fit in your pocket!).
Looking beyond these improvements though for any console you have to look at the catalogue of games available, what I would say here is if you are 15+ you may find the lack of many 'adult themed' titles depressing. All I can say is lets hope that the emergence of the new look GBA (which is obviously aimed at cornering the 15+ market) will mean a greater number of mature titles to sit along side the great cute nintendo games such as mario. All in all a great product (if a little expensive compared to the original) but 2 years after its original release a star is knocked off awaiting games that will push the format to its limits (Here's hoping)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh boy I wish I still had mine! 9 Sep 2007
By i wrote this TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I sold my GBA SP Classic NES edition to help pay for my Nintendo DS. I really like the DS but oh boy do I miss this beauty of a machine.

Let's get the moans out of the way, yes the GBA SP only had a front light and not a proper back light so the screen isn't as colourful as the DS. And yes, you had to pay extra for an adapter if you wanted to use headphones. But stuff that, this thing is amazing and I miss my old one!

So why was it so good? Well the design was spot one. I get finger burn and cramps from my DS light and my PSP when I try to play racing games, never got any pain from the GBA SP. Also this was the last portabl console to have the traditional Gameboy style layout of control buttons under the screen (instead of either side like the Lynx, GG, GBA, Neo Geo, DS & PSP). For some reason I find this layout better, don't ask me why it just is. Some truths are as unedinable as they are unquontifiable!
Next up: the NES design is a winner, easily the best looking console I've owned. The DS lite is sleek but this baby had charm. The light weight clam shell design is very small indeed and easily fits into any pocket I ever had. Also the battery life took a mighty wacking on many occassions.

But the main reason I loved this console was the games. The great titles just kept coming and coming. I was getting a soar neck from trying to angle my old GBA under a lamp to see them. The GBA SP meant I could actually enjoy my games without hurting myself, which I think you will agree makes a nice bonus!
Advance Wars, Mario Golf Advance, Sonic Advance, FIre Emblem, Metroid Fusion, Wario Ware Twisted, Aria of Sorrow, Golden Sun and Astro Boy are as good as the best any system has to offer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars YES
I bought this for my friend and she loved it so much! she plays it constantly and im very jealous haha, need to buy myself one next time!
Works great
Published 6 days ago by omg
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
The product is quite badly scratched up which, for a Ł25 used handheld gaming console, isn't an issue. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Josh Gribben
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
As it was used, there was slight wear and tear but it worked perfectly! Love playing on it and i am buying more games to go with it
Published 14 days ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars retro gaming
Brought for a son who likes old style game consoles and hand held games. He is very pleased with this !
Published 16 days ago by Mrs U Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars The ideal birthday gift for all ages to enjoy.
It meets the needs in which I purchased it for & my lad is going to love it when he receives it for his birthday. :)
Published 1 month ago by Stuart Woods
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
good shipping ^^
the only problem was the power connector has 3 legs and I can only use 2 pins :(
but overall it awesome, thanks! ^^
Published 1 month ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
I recommend buying a Game Boy Advance SP, its back compatible with other Game Boy generations and has a lengthy battery life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mr steven gill
5.0 out of 5 stars gameboy
i brought this for my dad in is spare time. He loves it cant put it down great price good quality and was delivered very quickly
Published 3 months ago by xxtracyxx
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love old games like mario, zelda, pokemon and others and being able to play them again is great. The system has great battery life and is very comfortable to play. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peekatew
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
I used to have one just like it
When I was younger and back then in 2005 I lost it or was it 2004
Anyway I'm so happy with the product it was in good condition and all is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by CentralRadio
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