Game Boy Advance is 15 years old today

The original GBA model wasn’t perfect; it didn’t even have a backlight, which made playing it in the dark a real pain:

As I recall, I had the transparent model at first:

Once I upgrade to the later released black GBA SP, which came in a really cool clamshell design (making it pretty diminutive) and with a proper backlight, it was a whole different ball game:

I still think this is one of Nintendo’s slickest console designs to date

And the Game Boy Micro (which was actually still a GBA, and even smaller than the GBA SP) was also a thing of real beauty, whatever variation you went for:

I never owned one of these, but I really wish I had.

I personally think the GBA had one of the best games libraries of all time, with an extremely satisfying and varied selection of titles, and certainly for a handheld. A few of my favourites are:

Advance Wars

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire

WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$!

Doom

Metroid Fusion

You can check out a few other Top GBA Games lists below to see some more of its best titles:

The Top 10 Game Boy Advance Games According To Me

GamesRadar’s Best GBA games of all time

Arcade Sushi’s 25 Best Game Boy Advance Games

IGN’s Top 25 Game Boy Advance Games:

And there’s maybe even a few on the following list that you haven’t heard of before:

The Best Undiscovered Gameboy Advance (GBA) Games

Yeah, it’s a machine that’s remembered fondly, and for very good reason(s).

Happy Birthday, GBA! 🙂

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