Nintendo Game Boy Advance

System Overview

Released in 2001, the Game Boy Advance was the successor to the Game Boy Color. This handheld represented a significant upgrade in graphics and sound performance over the GBC. It games are often compared to SNES versions with the system being considered almost like having a portable SNES in terms of ability.

The Game Boy Advance is fully backwards compatible with old GB and GBC games. The Game Boy Advance library is over 1,000 games. Combined with the back catalogue of GB/GBC games, the system can play over 2,500 games.

There were two revisions of the GBA released. The Game Boy Advance SP and the Game Boy Micro. The GBA SP launched in 2003, addressed the issue if no backlit screen with a switchable front light and is designed in a clamshell folding case. The GBA Micro launched in 2005 and is a very compact designed GBA. The Micro revision, unfortunately, loses the ability to play original GB/GBC games.

The GBA ultimately retailed until 2010, but popularity dropped significantly back in 2004 when it’s successor, the Nintendo DS launched.

How to Emulate this system?

Nintendo Game Boy Advance emulation is reasonably well catered for, we recommend taking a look at RetroArch if you are seeking an all in one solution. RetroArch emulates a large number of systems including the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. RetroArch is a front end that utilises emulator 'cores', it is reasonably easy to use and has lots of good supporting documentation on how to use it. RetroArch is available across a number of platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and many consoles.

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Also, check out the other Nintendo Game Boy Advance emulators we enjoy using:

Emulator Description Platform
Visual Boy Advance Visual Boy Advance emulates Game Boy, Game Boy Color & Game Boy Advance handheld consoles. Windows

Emulating the Nintendo Game Boy Advance using a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.

Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to output games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.

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