Game Boy Advance

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Game Boy Advance
ゲームボーイアドバンス Game Boy Advance
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A Game Boy Advance
Release dates
Japan: March 21, 2001
North America: June 11, 2001
Europe: June 22, 2001
Australia: June 22, 2001
South Korea: January 2002[1]
China: June 8, 2004
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Technical specs
  • 32-Bit ARM RISC 16.78MHz processor with embedded memory
  • 2.9" TFT reflective screen - 40.8mm×61.2mm - 240×160 pixels
  • 32,768 possible colors - 511 simultaneous colors in character mode - 32,768 colors in bitmap mode
  • 82mm (length) × 144.5 (width) × 24.5mm (depth)
  • 140g
  • Uses 2AA batteries and has a battery life for 15 hours (900 minutes)
  • Compatible with Nintendo Game Boy Color and Game Boy games.
Related information
Console generation: Sixth generation
Pokémon generations: I*, II*, III
Console type: Handheld
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The Game Boy Advance (Japanese: ゲームボーイアドバンス Game Boy Advance) is Nintendo's 32-bit handheld gaming system that surpassed the Nintendo Game Boy Color. The Game Boy Advance was released in 2001. It has a notably different form to its predecessors (a semi trapezoidal shape compared to the rectangle shape of the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color), and also contained a powerful processor, allowing it to display SNES-caliber graphics and even play voices. The Game Boy Advance was also capable of interaction with the Nintendo GameCube.

The original model was eventually discontinued in favor of the Game Boy Advance SP and Game Boy micro, both of which function similarly.

The Game Boy Advance, like the Game Boy and Game Boy Color before it, is not region-locked. This means that a player can play a Game Boy Advance game from any region in their own locally purchased console.


Pokémon games

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Core series RPG 2002
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire Pinball 2003
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Core series RPG 2004
Pokémon Emerald Core series RPG 2004
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team Dungeon crawler 2005

Game Boy Advance Video

Several Pokémon titles were released on Game Boy Advance Video, a series of GBA cartridges that play videos.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon GBA Video: For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! Video playback 2004
Pokémon GBA Video: Johto Photo Finish Video playback 2004
Pokémon GBA Video: Pokémon—I Choose You Video playback 2004
Pokémon GBA Video: Beach Blank-Out Blastoise Video playback 2004

By backwards compatibility

Due to backward compatibility, all Pokémon games from Game Boy and Game Boy Color are also playable.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Red and Green Core series RPG 1996
Pokémon Blue Core series RPG 1996
Pokémon Red and Blue Core series RPG 1998
Pokémon Yellow Core series RPG 1998
Pokémon Trading Card Game Card game 1998
Pokémon Pinball Pinball 1999
Pokémon Gold and Silver Core series RPG 1999
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Puzzle 2000
Pokémon Crystal Core series RPG 2000
Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! Card game 2001

Special Pokémon editions

  • Gold Game Boy Advance: Features a Pikachu and Pichu. Initially exclusive to the New York Pokémon Center, but later released nationwide in September and October 2002. It originally retailed at US$69.99, but later US$59.99 during the Holiday season.
  • White Game Boy Advance: Features a Pikachu and Pichu.
  • Suicune Game Boy Advance: Features the legendary beasts, with an emphasis on Suicune. Exclusive to Pokémon Center stores.
  • Celebi Game Boy Advance: Exclusive to Pokémon Center stores.
  • Latias and Latios Game Boy Advance: Released in 2002 to commemorate the release of Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias.
  • Diamond-encrusted Game Boy Advance: The winners of the Pokémon 10th Anniversary Journey Across America, Minh Le and Samin Syed, each won a one-of-a-kind diamond-encrusted Game Boy Advance.


  • The Game Boy Advance is the Nintendo handheld console with the fewest number of Pokémon games released for it, only having the Generation III games.
  • In the Canadian version of Pokémon Diamond's manual, the name of the console is once written with a typo in it, reading "Game Boy Boy Advance".


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