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Pocket sized joy!,
This review is from: Game Boy Advance SP: Silver (Video Game)
Nintendo's original GBA release had a few things working against it; we had the joy of being able to play greater than SNES quality games but not actually see them, unless you modded it and stuck a back light in it, the display was dismally dark. Two, it still looked a bit like a nasty plastic kiddy toy.
So Nintendo had a bit of a rethink and brought us a sleeker model in a variety of colours, this the silver model is in my opinion the best looking of the lot. Add to this a lovely widescreen display with backlight and you've got a machine that looks good and finally plays well.
What does this platform offer you? Well you have a LOT of SNES classics brought onto this platform, from the various Mario games, a wonderfully updated Mario Kart, classic Metroid and the still astounding Zelda. Now this can be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. On the bad side of things, only now have some truely original titles started to come out and this machine has been out for a while. On the good side of things, the classics that have been ported across are all of an astounding timeless quality. The newer titles are all fantastic, Advance Wars, Zelda The Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion ... don't let their 16bit look put you off, they're real quality games and all the more fun as you can have them in your pocket at any time.
Wandering round town with your girlie? Stuck outside a changing room waiting for her to come out? Whip the GBA SP out and you're happy as Larry! The downside of this portability is not the battery life, which is actually totally fantastic... never had a problem, its the actual design of the case. You may want to buy something to protect it, by just having it in my pocket while going around day to day life, the silver has rubber away in places and it does look a bit scuffed now. Not really ideal if you're looking for resell value further down the line.
Since Nintendo are a bit good at the old innovation game, certain GameCube games offer link up functionality with your GBA. Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles lets you uses the GBA as a controller, with a map and vital details held on the second screen. Plus marks there.
There is something to take into consideration with the GBA platform now however, there is the soon to arrive Nintendo DS coming on the scene and the VERY impressive looking Sony PSP which looks certain to spoil the party on Nintys dominance of the handheld scene.
Naturally this is cheaper and the classic games and GC link up are definate pluses but beware of what is looming on the horizon.