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Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP

Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP

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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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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78
 
Average Critic Score
Critic Reviews 5

85
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 37
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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
Game format
Screen size
Touchscreen
Direction control
Motion controls
Camera
Cartridge
2.922
No
D-pad
No
No

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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.

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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