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Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP

from  $249.99+

    Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP

    from  $249.99+
    from  $249.99+
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    84 Global Score
    There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
    84

    There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

    Engadget Summary

    Nintendo has a reputation for getting it right on the second try, and the Game Boy Advance SP is no exception, improving on the original GBA with a secure clamshell design, a lighted screen, and a rechargeable battery. The only downside is the loss of a standard headphone jack, but that's a minor quibble when you consider that unlike the more advanced Nintendo DS, the GBA SP is also backwards compatible with the vast library of Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.

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    85
     
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    Specs

    Key Specs

    Game format
    Cartridge
    Screen size
    2.922
    Touchscreen
    No
    Direction control
    D-pad
    Motion controls
    No
    Camera
    No

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    Overall Rating
    84 Global Score
    There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
    84

    There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

    How we score

    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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    User Reviews

    80
    shawnppickett
    This unit was released not long after Nintendo's Game Boy advanced. The Game...read more
    80
    Seanathome
    The Gameboy SP was an amazing little device for all of my gaming needs during...read more
    90
    kaydot
    I originally bought the front lit GBA - but sold it almost full value to buy...read more
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