- Platform: Game Boy Advance
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Nintendo Blue SP Console (GBA)
- 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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The new Game Boy Advance SP works essentially the same way previous Game Boy Advance models have, but adds a number of thoughtful features to the design. The most obvious difference you'll see is the lighting feature built into the screen so you can play in low-light situations without bulky external game lights that too often leave a hot spot on the screen or fail to reach the corners. You can shut off this internal light to squeeze more playing time out of the power source if you're in a situation with enough light to see the SP's reflective screen.
Speaking of power sources, the SP comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides between 10 and 18 hours of gameplay from a three-hour charge. Also, the new clam-shell design will offer protection for the screen from scratches when it's all closed up. As well as playing all your Game Boy Advance games, the system is backward-compatible with almost all Game Boy/Game Boy Color titles.
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
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Top Customer Reviews
1) The back light. This is a really good feature because in the previous ones there has been no light and you always have to go around to the nearest light,and in my opinion this is the best fearure. The only drawback of this is if you have the screen tilted in 90 degree angle then it will be too bright. Another good thing about this is the way it makes games slightly brighter and easier to play.
2)The flip screen. This is another good thing about the GBA SP it protects the screen from getting scratched. It also makes it pocket size which is even better than the GBA.
3) The built in battery pack. this makes it far better than the GBA because your not loosing the back or nedding fresh batterys. The battery lasts about 11-12 hours with the light on and 15-16 with it of (when fully charged).
All in all this is a great buy and I would recomend any one who is intrested to buy it.
One thing i noticed seemed to be happening as new GBs came out was that the build quality was going down, fast.
The original "brick" was about as invincible as you get, it felt as if you could drop it out a high window onto solid concrete and still pick it up, and start playing again.
Whereas the GBA (original) was so delicate, my sister who has one broke the part where the battery cover attaches just by attaching a battery pack to it, not even forcefully.
But now nintendo seem to have fixed this and the GBA SP seems so much more durable, despite the fact that it has a hinge on it.
Also, the much appreciated backlight makes it much better to see you play most of the time (especially in the dark).
I would also like to add that amazon's service was excellent and the product came a day early. Fantastic!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived within the time frame stated. Packaged safely and securely so the gameboy arrived undamaged. Would definitely recommend :)Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Everything's fine and works apart from the screen had a couple pixels missing other Than that I am v happyPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Good condition came like the description, few minor scratches but system works normally, very pleasedPublished 5 months ago by Nathanael brett
True to Description - yes
Delivery - on time
Working Correctly - Works great!
Over all - 10/10