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Spaceworld 2000: Game Boy Advance Unveiled

Although certainly not as exciting as the Gamecube revelation, Nintendo's showing of the Game Boy Advance will easily take a well deserved second place when ranked among all the nifty gaming goodies shown at this year's Spaceworld. After eleven years of Game Boy goodness throughout the world, the latest version of the Game Boy has evolved into a powerful creature almost unrecognizable from the original clunky handheld of 1989.

The 32-bit backwards-compatible Game Boy Advance showed up at Spaceworld with games-a-plenty, and has some some rather exciting RPGs scheduled for release. Titles such as Fire Emblem -- Dark Shrine Maiden, Magical Vacation, and Tactics Ogre Gaiden are all confirmed for the system and the mere mention of these should make handheld RPGamers feel all tingly inside (although no North American release announcements regarding these three have yet been made).

For all you crazy cats who wanna know what the Game Boy Advance packs under the hood, check out these kickin' specifications:

Official Name GAME BOY ADVANCE
Screen Reflective TFT Color LCD
Screen Size 40.8mm x 61.2mm
Resolution 240 x 160 dots
Display Capability 32,000 colors
CPU 32 bit RISC-CPU + 8 bit CISC-CPU
Memory 32 Kbyte WRAM + 96 Kbyte VRAM (in CPU) 256 Kbyte WRAM (external of CPU)
Sound Speaker, Headphone Terminal
Communication Function Multi-play by up to 4 people possible with Game Boy Advance Communication Cable
Power Supply 2 AA Alkaline Batteries or special Battery Pak
Battery Life 2 AA Alkaline Batteries: Approx. 15 hours Battery Pak: Approx. 10 hours
Power Consumption Approx. 0.6W
Dimensions 82mm(L) x 144.5(W) x 24.5mm(D)
Main Unit Weight Approx. 140g
Game Pak Max. of 256Mbits(Game Boy Advance Only) Compatible with Game Boy/Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance Game Paks

The Game Boy Advance has a firm Japanese release date of March 31, 2001, and the mighty handheld is set to hit North America a mere four months afterwards, in July 2001. The GBA has been given a Japanese price tag of 9800¥, which converts to approximately $91 in U.S. funds. A North American price for the unit has yet to be confirmed, although it will most probably be tagged with a similar amount. As Spaceworld continues, keep your browsers set to www.rpgamer.com for any new revelations surrounding Nintendo's new breed of handheld gaming.


by Andrew P. Bilyk    
Source: [Nintendo.com]
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