You'll also notice the graphics. Essentially sporting redesigned SNES technology, you'll see things on the GBA that the big consoles do, such as scaling (making objects larger or smaller) and rotation effects--technological advances that will affect the look of everything from crossing a finish line to scoring a goal to crawling through a dungeon. The extra processing muscle also means you can network up to four Game Boy Advance units together, via the communication cable, for multiplayer fun from one shared cartridge. Because the Game Boy Advance system is backward-compatible, it will play not only its own line of colourful games--including such launch titles as Super Mario Advance, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, and Kuru Kuru Kurin--but also almost all of the monochrome and colour games that have already been released for the previous Game Boy systems. It seems that Nintendo have wisely struck a balance between size, price, and power consumption. And considering how well the old 8-bit system weathered the decade's technological storms, the Game Boy Advance seems here to stay. --Porter B Hall
It plays ALL game boy games, so don't let the size of the new ones fool you. The new games are about half the size of the old ones, but the old ones just stick out at the top-especially the bigger ones like Pokemon Pinball and Game Boy Camera.
The screen is wider, providin longer gameplay scenes. In fact, even 3D is possible on this system-handheld 3D! What, don't believe me? Look at two 3D games we've got-Pinobee: Wings of Adventure and the ever-popular Tony Hawk's pro Skater 2.
In the multiplayer category, this new unit will allow for 4-player hookups on some games, like Super Mario Advance and the upcoming Mario Kart Advance. Unfortunately, the old infrared port is gone, so you Pokemon Gold & Silver fans will need to dust off your GBC if you want Mystery Gift.
The sound is also better, and improved battery life(at least I think) make this a must-have for any Nintendo fan. In fact, once Nintendo Gamecube comes out, you can even use your GBA as an additional screen and controller! There are also theories you can download Gamecube games onto your GBA and upload them into other Gamecubes, which can save a few people big bucks.
I will wrap up with this-GBA is well worth... If you don't get it, you might end up in the virtual dust.
Other than that, if you like games on the move its a "no brainer", nothing comes close.
Ergonomically, it's very easy to hold for long periods and has a nice solid, yet light build.
The one downside is lack of backlight. I bought mine with the 'Wild Things' screen lens/lamp thrown in free (Virgin Megastore). However, I've never encountered such a pointless device - it does absolutely nothing to help you see your screen!
I don't think many people will be disappointed, as everyone who I've let have a go wants one now.