Gameboy Advance: What are my options?


How Game Boy Advances were born (although if you get GBAs wet, they just die).
This is a call on those in the know to help out some random person on the internet. 

Let's say I live in [Europe] and let's say that I have a ton of old Game Boy Advance games I'd like to start playing again.  What are my options?

Since the new DS doesn't have a GBA port, I would have to buy one of the older DS systems to play the GBA games.

A while back I had a Gamecube, with a GBA adapter that I used to play GBA games on the big screen.  Anyone think the Wii will have such an adapter some day in the future? Because that's another possibility.

The Game Boy Advance itself is pretty hard to find, I imagine, but does anyone know if that's still a viable option?  Or are most GBAs junk now?  Which is better, the older one or the flip-top one?

Can the DS itself be played by plugging it into the wall, or do you have to play using the batteries?  I have no idea, since I've never actually owned a portable console before.

Finally, anyone have any hardware they want to unload?

(an aside: try entering the game boy advance in the subject tags section and see how far you get).
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Posted by ahoodedfigure

How Game Boy Advances were born (although if you get GBAs wet, they just die).
This is a call on those in the know to help out some random person on the internet. 

Let's say I live in [Europe] and let's say that I have a ton of old Game Boy Advance games I'd like to start playing again.  What are my options?

Since the new DS doesn't have a GBA port, I would have to buy one of the older DS systems to play the GBA games.

A while back I had a Gamecube, with a GBA adapter that I used to play GBA games on the big screen.  Anyone think the Wii will have such an adapter some day in the future? Because that's another possibility.

The Game Boy Advance itself is pretty hard to find, I imagine, but does anyone know if that's still a viable option?  Or are most GBAs junk now?  Which is better, the older one or the flip-top one?

Can the DS itself be played by plugging it into the wall, or do you have to play using the batteries?  I have no idea, since I've never actually owned a portable console before.

Finally, anyone have any hardware they want to unload?

(an aside: try entering the game boy advance in the subject tags section and see how far you get).
Posted by Linkyshinks

Dude, consider getting a GB Micro. It's awesome and cheap now, and easily attainable.




Edited by oldschool

Other than the DSi, the DS will play any Gameboy Advance game.


If you want to play them on the television, then you will need to buy a cheap Gamecube and a Gameboy Player.  It is extremely unlikely that the Wii will ever play Gameboy Advance games.

The DS has a rechargeable battery that lasts many hours and can be played whilst plugged in for a recharge.

If you want a Gameboy Advance, then try eBay and only get an SP, the flip top one - better light on the screen.  The micro is cool, but the screen is quite small.  I liked them, but not as a main unit.

Hope that helps.
Posted by natetodamax

Xbox 360

Posted by oldschool
natetodamax said:
"Xbox 360"
That has a GBA slot?  Shit man, where is it xD
Posted by Meowayne

GBA emulation on a softmodded Wii.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

The micro is TINY! I had not idea how small it actually was.

Posted by oldschool
ahoodedfigure said:
"The micro is TINY! I had not idea how small it actually was."
Connected to a lanyard, it truly was portable.  My daughters used to take them to school.  Excellent quality screen.

I used to take mine away with me a lot.  They are so small, we have lost one in our house and not expecting to ever find it again.  
Posted by Endogene

Go for the Micro, it was the latest version of the gameboy advance, when it was released it was dirt cheap. Last time i saw one they where asking 20 euros for it and it had a game packed in with it.


Posted by erinfizz

Just make sure you do NOT get one of the original non-clamshell ones. The lighting is junk and it is really hard to see.

Posted by Linkyshinks

Endogene said:
"Go for the Micro, it was the latest version of the gameboy advance, when it was released it was dirt cheap. Last time i saw one they where asking 20 euros for it and it had a game packed in with it. "

The Micro has improved brightness as well as the same number of pixels, only smaller. It all works to great effect. GBA games look fantastic on it.

There are also link cables as well as a wireless adapter available, yes a wireless adapter. It's only available in Japan though (rare) . I only have the link cables myself, - 4 player & 2

http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-19-49-en-70-xek.html



Posted by ahoodedfigure

My preliminary search for Micros has come up negative in my area (which has a rather narrow market), but I'll add it to my list of possibilities.  I'm still open to others' ideas, too.  Thanks everyone. 

Except the 360 comment, unless that was some sort of satirical jab at people's obsessions with their own consoles.

Posted by Mercator

I love my micro...IMO the best iteration of the GBA.