On 22 June 2001 Nintendo launched the Game Boy Advance in Europe and North America, the successor to the Game Boy Color made available only a few years earlier (in 1998) and capable of becoming a real cult object for (more than) a generation…
Initially available in black and purple (exactly like the GameCube, launched in September of the same year in Japan and early 2002 in the West), the Game Boy Advance debuts in our country accompanied by a decent software lineup that included titles such as Super Mario Advance, F-Zero Maximum Velocity, Rayman Advance, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Ready 2 Rumble Round 2, GT Championship, Castlevania Circle of the Moon, Konami Krazy Racers and Mega Man EXE.
The console obviously has an excellent commercial success all over the world even if there is no lack of criticism, the most frequently linked to the screen that is too dark and not backlit, a factor that makes it very difficult to play in low light conditions.
The problem is solved in 2003 when Nintendo presents the Game Boy Advance SP, a version with a more compact design (clamshell) and with a display equipped with front lighting, for a version with a backlit screen it will be necessary to wait until 2005 when a limited edition is marketed in few markets.
Among the most representative games released on the small console, we mention Advance Wars, Castlevania Aria of Sorrow, Metroid Fusion, The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap, Mario Kart Super Circuit, Golden Sun, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, and obviously Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire.