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Nintendo Game Boy Advance Console

The Game Boy Advance is a 32-bit handheld game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo as the successor to the Game Boy Color. It was released in Japan on March 21, 2001, in North America on June 11, 2001, in Australia and Europe on June 22, 2001, and in mainland China on June 8, 2004 as iQue Game Boy Advance. The GBA is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles. The original model does not have an illuminated screen; Nintendo addressed that with the release of a redesigned model with a frontlit screen, the Game Boy Advance SP, in 2003. A newer revision of the redesign was released in 2005, with a backlit screen. The final redesign, the Game Boy Micro, was released in 2005.

  • Size – approximately 145 mm (5.7 in) x 82 mm (3.2 in) x 24 mm (0.94 in) (WxHxD)
  • Weight – approximately 140 g (4.9 oz)
  • Screen – 2.9 inch reflective thin-film transistor (TFT) color liquid-crystal display (LCD)
  • Display Size – 40.8 mm (1.61 in) by 61.2 mm (2.41 in)
  • Frame Rate – 59.727500569606 Hz
  • Power – 2× AA batteries
  • Battery Life – approximately 15 hours on average while playing Game Boy Advance games (varies depending on the Game Pak being played, volume setting and any external peripherals being used such as a screen light
  • CPU – 16.8 MHz 32-bit ARM7TDMI with embedded memory; 8.4 or 4.2 MHz Sharp LR35902 (8080-derived) co-processor for Game Boy and Game Boy Color backward compatibility
  • Memory – 32 kilobyte + 96 kilobyte VRAM (internal to CPU); 256 kilobyte DRAM (external to CPU)
  • Resolution – 240 × 160 pixels (3:2 aspect ratio)
  • Color Support – 15-bit RGB (5 bits depth per channel), capable of displaying 512 simultaneous colors in “character mode” and 32,768 (215) simultaneous colors in “bitmap mode”
  • Sound – Dual 8-bit DAC for stereo sound (called Direct Sound), plus all legacy channels from Game Boy. The DACs can be used to play back streams of wave data, or used to output multiple wave samples processed or mixed in software by the CPU.
  • Input – Eight-way control pad, Six action buttons (A, B, L, R, Start, Select), Volume slider, Power switch, Serial I/O (“Link cable”), Cartridge I/O

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