Game Boy Advance vs. GBA SP?

Discussion in 'Community' started by beez7777, Feb 9, 2003.

  1. beez7777 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2002
    Notre Dame
    I'm lookin to get a game boy in the near future, but am caught between the soon to be released Game Boy Advance SP and the regular GBA. The GBA SP looks pretty cool, and i like the rechargable battery feature, as well as the flip down screen (my old game boy has a cracked screen, maybe this'll prevent another accident). However, the GBA is 30 dollars cheaper, and the flip screen seems a little fragile on the SP. I figured there's a lot of gamers here, so any pros/cons/what i should do tips would be greatly appreciated.
  2. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    The SP is backlit. It's nice. The screen on the SP isn't fragile. It's okay.

    Go for the SP.
  3. dethl macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2002
    Austin, TX
    GBA SP all the way!

    30 bucks is nothing after you have consumed that and more in batteries for your GBA.....the SP version has a rechargable will save you money in the long run! Not to mention that you won't be able to play in the dark or poorly lit areas if you use a GBA-R (regular). It is much easier and cheaper to buy the SP model.
  4. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    there are good things and bad things about both units.

    the advance kind of sucks because it really needs a light. the only light i have been able to find that is acceptable is the floodlight, which eats batteries like no ones business. also, it sucks anyways to have to replace the batteries on the GBA itself, but this has always been the case. The GBA is pretty good about batteries anyways.

    the SP is a nice unit. the shoulder buttons are finally in a spot that wont hurt American hands. i really like the flip design. the screen, however, is NOT backlit. it is frontlit. there is one light on each side of the screen, making 4 lights. from the quicktime movies i have seen, it looks like the lighting is more than sufficient. the fact that you can turn the light off is another good feature. the one major bad thing about the SP is in fact the rechargeable battery itself. it is not removable. there is no way to get to it. if the lithium ion battery goes bad, you are pretty much SOL and will have to buy a completely new unit. wherever you buy it, get the extended warranty. they are always worth it, and more so in this case.

    i have an advance which i will be giving to my g/f when the SP is released. what a week its going to be...GBSP, then two days later...ZELDA!
  5. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    I have been looking at the afterburner for my GBA. Does anybody have any experiance with it?
  6. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2002
    Stilwell, Kansas

    We bought a GBA for my daughter for Christmas because she wanted one (she's 4). I kinda wanted one too so I didn't mind getter her one even though she's so young.

    Anyway, I can't play the darn thing because you have to have a bright light to play and more importantly, the controls are way to small for my hands. I don't know if I have super huge hands, but I can't play it at all.

    No, by daughter doesn't play it either, but she is getting the hang of Spyro on PlayStation

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