The images of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance are categorized and show the handheld and 3rd party accessories. You will also find detailed close-ups of the ports and connections available on the GameBoy Advance.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance - front view. The GBA is a 32-bit handheld successor to the Game Boy Color released in North America on June 11, 2001. It is the first Gameboy to employ a rechargeable battery. It features backward compatibility for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games via an 4/8 MHz Z80 coprocessor. GBA's primary competitor was the Neo Geo Pocket Color. There were a few others, but they had small sales and quickly disappeared.
Left side of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance. the GBA CPU is a 16.8 MHz 32-bit ARM7TDMI with embedded memory.
Right side of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance. It's color screen featured 15-bit BGR (5 bits per channel), capable of displaying 512 simultaneous colors in character mode and 32,768 simultaneous colors in bitmap mode.
Bottom of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance showing the power switch (left), headphone jack, and volume control dial.
Top of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance showing the 2 shoulder buttons,, cartridge slot, and the Ext. port in the center. The holes on either side of the ort are physical connection points for securing devices to the GBA, like the card reader or GameCube cable.
Back of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance showing the battery compartment cover. When playing Game Boy or Game Boy Color games on the Game Boy Advance, the L and R shoulder buttons will switch between a widescreen format 240×144 and the original screen ratio of the Game Boy 160×144. Back of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance showing the inside of the battery compartment that holds 2 AA batteries. The GBA was the last Nintendo handheld to use alkaline batteries. All subsequent models (including the GBA SP) use a rechargeable cell.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance with the Atari Anniversary game cartridge. The GBA held a lot of appeal to retro gamers since many 8 and 16 bit classics were re-released for the GBA.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance with 2 game carts. The Game Boy Advance was initially available in Arctic, Black, Orange, Fuchsia, Glacier (translucent blue/purple) and Indigo.
A translucentNintendo GameBoy Advance that lets you see some of the internal electronics through the case.
GameBoy Advance Close-ups
Nintendo GameBoy Advance - power switch. Game Boy Advance software can use the audio tone generators to supplement the primary sound system.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance - right & left shoulder buttons. I like the shape and contour to these buttons. Adding them was the first time Nintendo had strayed from the d-pad and A & B controls. They fit well with the small size of the GBA and feel great.
GameBoy Advance Ports & Connections
Top of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance showing the Ext. port and cartridge slot.
Headphone and Volume dial on the lower-right corner of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance - cart slot and ports. When playing Game Boy or Game Boy Color games on the Game Boy Advance, the L and R buttons can be used to toggle between a stretched widescreen format (240×144) and the original screen ratio of the Game Boy (160×144).
Nintendo GameBoy Advance with a game in the cartridge slot.
GameBoy Advance SP Handheld Images
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP - front view showing the cartridge slot. In early 2003, Nintendo introduced a new form-factor for the handheld, known as the Game Boy Advance SP. This version of the GBA featured a clamshell design which protects the screen. This style was adopted across subsequent GameBoy releases. It still strikes me strange that Sony never went this route with either the PSP or Vita.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP - left side showing the volume control slider. It also supports a rechargeable lithium ion battery, a much brighter LCD screen, and a front-light that can be turned on and off.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP - right side showing the power switch.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP - rear showing the Left & Right shoulder buttons, power input and Ext port. The External port is commonly used to connect the SP to a GameCube for use with compatible games.
Bottom of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP showing the L & R shoulder buttons at the bottom.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP in the open playable position showing the game controls and speaker.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP in the open playable position - powered up.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP with a GameBoy cart inserted.
GameBoy Advance SP Ports & Connections
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP game cartridge slot. As with other models the SP is backward compatible with GameBoy games.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP volume slider on the left side of the handheld.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP power connection and Ext port for connecting to a GameCube.
GameBoy Advance Game Cartridges
Nintendo GameBoy Advance - game cart size comparison.
Individual cartridge cases for Nintendo GameBoy Advance games.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance with a GameBoy cart inserted into an SP model.
GameBoy Advance Accessories
Nintendo GameBoy Advance - Shoulder-pack case.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance - Shoulder-pack case showing how the GB Advance and game carts fit inside.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance to GameCube connection cable allowed the GameBoy Advance to become a secondary screen & controller for some games. These specific GameCube games were designed to integrate the GBA with the GameCube.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance to GameCube link cable
The GameBoy Advance to GameCube connection cable is compatible with the Nintendo GameCube and Wii consoles.
Nintendo e-reader for the GameBoy Advance. Depending on the game associated with a card, the e-cards are often used to unlock secret items, levels, or play mini-games when swiped through the reader.
Cards for the Nintendo e-reader as seen on the former Nintendo website.