GameBoy Advance SP, Platinum Color
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  • Unfortunately, this system was not backlit and drained a lot of AA batteries
  • Unfortunately, the platinum paint on the SP was not the best quality paint
  • Other paints, such as the blue and black SPs do not have this problem, so it seems to just be with the platinum paint
  • The platinum paint looked terrible after all the scratches and chips it had picked up, so I would definitely not recommend this color for someone looking for a nice-looking system
  • It is fairly easy to modify the SP with some experience and the appropriate tools, so that you can add a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack

    • by blunderkind
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      With all the new hand-held consoles out there, some of the older ones are losing the spotlight, but still feature fun and cheap games that shouldn’t be overlooked. The GameBoy Advance SP is a prime example of this, with the ability to play classic GameBoy games from as far back as the 1980s, a function the new DS hand-held does not have. With cartridge games still around and still working, the SP seems like a great way to keep your favorite old games without spending too much.

      I was lucky and found my platinum-colored SP at a yard sale, without its charger, for $1. If you are slightly less lucky, you can expect to spend about $35 for the SP including a charger. They frequently get traded in at used game stores. The SP can play both classic GameBoy/Color games as well as GameBoy Advance games. Since it


      is a couple of systems behind, it naturally cannot play DS games. Still, with Advance games going down in price, if you are looking for cheap, portable entertainment, the SP is a good alternative.

      There was also a regular GameBoy Advance that came out prior to the SP’s release. Unfortunately, this system was not backlit and drained a lot of AA batteries. So unless one invested in rechargeable batteries and a special attachment that dangled over the screen and provided a light, the Advance left much to be desired. The SP addressed some of this, and went even further with the flip-top that prevented some screen scratching and made it a more pocket-friendly system. The rechargeable battery lasts me through many hours of game play, and I was able to purchase a used charger for about $4. The fact that the SP is backlit means I can play ...


      • it anywhere, and I can just keep it in my purse when I am out and about. For example, I was able to pull it out and play a game while waiting at the doctor’s office.

        Unfortunately, the platinum paint on the SP was not the best quality paint. It chips off very easily. Other paints, such as the blue and black SPs do not have this problem, so it seems to just be with the platinum paint. Eventually, I took apart the SP and re-painted the shell with enamel paints that have yet to chip off. The platinum paint looked terrible after all the scratches and chips it had picked up, so I would definitely not recommend this color for someone looking for a nice-looking system.

        Another issue with the SP is the fact that it does not have a headphone jack. It is fairly easy to modify

        the SP with some experience and the appropriate tools, so that you can add a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. However, for standard gaming, the lack of a headphone jack is disappointing. I can’t enjoy my game’s music while I’m out playing. It isn’t a big problem, but it is a disappointment nonetheless.

        Finally, a common complaint with the DSLite and GBA games, when you play a classic GameBoy game on the SP, you will find that the cartridge sticks out quite a bit. I wouldn’t recommend carrying around your SP with the big GameBoy cartridge sticking out, since it tends to bump the cartridge against everything and could damage the game or your system.

        I would highly recommend a GameBoy Advance SP for someone looking for a budget way to enjoy hand-held games. However, I would recommend any color other than the platinum, unless you don’t mind a very shoddy-looking system.




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