I’m gonna come right out and say it, guys: my favorite video game console of all time is the Game Boy Advance SP.
It’s the most flawless gaming machine ever. I love portable games, and the GBA library had some doozies. From well-known hits like Golden Sun and Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland, to cult favorites like Sonic Battle and Astro Boy: Omega Factor, the Game Boy Advance was the handheld of the new millennium.
In my opinion, however, the design of the original GBA was…awkward. Sure, the screen was bigger and it was giving us graphics even better than the SNES, but it was kinda tricky to play when the button layout was all over the place.
Enter the GBA SP:
Oh gaming gods, did Nintendo strike gold with the SP. Its button layout was similar to the original Game Boy’s, it was able to fold shut for easy pocketing, and it had a backlight. A backlight! No longer did we need to wait for a streetlamp to pass us while we were playing Pokemon in the car at night. I mean, guys…this was huge.
Wait a second. A backlight? Wouldn’t that drain the batteries faster?
Yeah, maybe a little bit faster. But don’t worry your pretty little head about your upcoming AA battery bill. The SP came with a charger, so you could charge its built-in lithium ion battery. Again, revolutionary. AA batteries weren’t as coveted and precious in my house once the SP rolled around.
It’s just a really sleek design. It was all about style when it was first released. It was sleek, compact, and still able to play all of those phenomenal GBA games you knew and loved. The fact that it was backwards compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color games was also an enormous plus. This little system had one of the most diverse and phenomenal game libraries of all time!
So what’s the point of this article? Basically, to remind everyone that this happened:
In 2004, Nintendo took a remarkably beautiful handheld and made it even sexier. For some reason that nobody in the world had a problem with, Nintendo went on a huge retro kick and started releasing a ton of their NES classics for the GBA. And, of course, this led to one of the most stunning and awesome handheld designs of all time: The NES styled GBA SP.
Guys, I freaking treasure this thing. Even after buying a DS, and then a 3DS, I never once even considered selling this bad boy. It’s an NES Game Boy Advance SP! I mean, this basically sums up everything that Double Jump Company is about: nostalgia and nerdiness.
To this day, I play this thing (mostly because the 3DS doesn’t play Game Boy games…lame). In fact, I would go as far as to say I proudly play this thing. I’m always searching used game stores for new or rare Game Boy games I can take home and play on it. Sometimes I just prop it open and stare at it, longing for a simpler time.
You know how, when you’re a kid, you do stupid things? Well, I put stickers on the front of my NES SP. I instantly regretted it, and I still have no clue how to take them off. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Anyways, this is just a reminder that the NES edition GBA SP happened, and that it was awesome, and that the SP is still the greatest handheld console of all time.