The Game Boy Advance is the fourth system in the Game Boy line and is the successor to the Game Boy Color. It is the sixth generation of handheld consoles. As a 32-bit handheld, it features more processing power than the SNES. The GBA, SP, and Micro were discontinued in December 2009 and system sales shipping ended on May 15, 2010, ending the classic 21-year Game Boy line.[8]


Game Boy Advance SP

An AGS-101 Game Boy Advance SP.

The Game Boy Advance SP is an upgrade to the Game Boy Advance. It had a new design, with a clamshell style, and had a front-and-back-lit screen. It also came with a rechargeable battery, instead of having to put in double AAs. It is also backwards compatible, able to play Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.

Game Boy Micro

A grey Game Boy Micro.

The Game Boy Micro is the Game Boy Advance's third design and the last model in the Game Boy family. Surprisingly, it was made nearly an year after the original Nintendo DS, but was also discontinued before that model. Key differences include:

  • A rectangular-shaped body that resembles an NES controller. Just like the controller, it features a D-pad on the left side and two circular buttons on the right side.
  • A backlight for low-light and night-time play.
  • The smallest screen size in the lineup.
  • Not backwards compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color games because it lacks the Z80 processor.

Until the dimensions and masses can be officially confirmed for the Game & Watch product line, the Game Boy Micro remains as Nintendo's smallest and second lightest handheld system ever produced. (In fact, the Pokémon Minis product line features only one entry that has a lighter handheld system). The measurements are:

  • Length: 101 mm (3.98 in.)
  • Width: 50 mm (1.97 in.)
  • Height: 17.2 mm (0.68 in.)
  • Volume: 86.86 cm3 (5.30 in.3)
  • Mass: 80 g (2.82 oz.)
  • Density: 0.921 g/cm3

Pokémon Minis

Since no official dimensions and masses are given for Pokémon Pikachu, Pokémon Pikachu 2: GS, and Pokéwalker, these handhelds cannot be compared with the Game Boy Micro to receive the title of Nintendo's smallest and lightest handheld system ever produced. The only exception is Pokémon Mini, for which sufficient information exists, officially making it Nintendo's second smallest and lightest handheld system ever produced. The measurements are:

  • Length: 74 mm (2.91 in.)
  • Width: 58 mm (2.28 in.)
  • Height: 23 mm (0.91 in.)
  • Volume: 98.72 cm3 (6.02 in.3)
  • Mass: 70 g (2.47 oz.) (with a Game Pak and AAA batteries inside)
  • Density: 0.709 g/cm3

Mario-Based Game Boy Advance Games