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Nintendo Game Boy Advance Purple Handheld System

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SP Must Mean Super Powerful!

Jul 2, 2009
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Pros:Built-in screen light, rechargeable battery, sleek portable design, fun games, extremely durable

Cons:No headphone jack, scratches show

The Bottom Line: Overall, the GBA SP is a great handheld gaming device that I would recommend to anyone.


Design: The SP is half the size of the DS and easily fits into a pocket. The clamshell design protects it from any scratches on the screen and the inside. The buttons aren't the cheap ones found on most consoles; they are the kind that you might find on a cell phone.
Game Library: If there is one thing that makes the GBA SP great, it's the games. Every great Nintendo game is on it, from the classic Mario and Zelda games from the NES and SNES, to modern-day games such as Madden and Spyro. In fact, it even has some of Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog titles on it!
Durability: The GBA SP is by far the most durable handheld. I watched a video on YouTube of some guys dropping their SP off of a balcony about 15 stories high. Instead of shattering, it broke into two pieces at the hinge. Even though the upper half was completely severed, the power light on the bottom half still turned on!
Capabilities: The GBA SP has graphics the same quality as the PSone, and is backwards-compatible with every Game Boy! This means you can still play your old-style GB games AND play newer GBA games on it!
Comparison To Other Portables: The SP beats other portables by far; the older Game Boys are chunky and the games are very repetitive, the original GBA is big and has no backlight, the GBM is to small to fit comfortably in your hands and has a mini-sized screen, the DS series "portables" are double the size of the SP and break easily (My DS Lite cracked and I took good care of it!), and the PSP has a very small amount of good games (I owned one) and is very, very fragile. That's why GBA SP is the #1 portable!


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