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Game Boy Advance

The original model of the Game Boy Advance

Release date(s)

JP: March 21, 2001
NA: June 11, 2001
EU: June 22, 2001
AU: June 22, 2001

Units sold

81.51 million[1]

Metroid and related game(s)

Metroid Fusion (2002)
Metroid: Zero Mission (2004)
Classic NES Series: Metroid (2004)

The Game Boy Advance, often abbreviated as GBA, is a handheld video game console made by Nintendo and released in 2001. Three Metroid games were released for the Game Boy Advance: Metroid Fusion in 2002; Metroid: Zero Mission, a remake of Metroid, in 2004; and Classic NES Series: Metroid, a port of the NES version of Metroid, also in 2004. The Game Boy Advance is also backward compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.

Two revisions of the Game Boy Advance were released: Game Boy Advance SP, which features a clamshell design and an illuminated display, in 2003; and the much smaller Game Boy Micro, which removed Game Boy and Game Boy Color backward compatibility, in 2005. The Game Boy Advance was succeeded by the Nintendo DS in 2004.

Several Game Boy Advance games, including Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission, were re-released on the Virtual Console for the Wii U. Additionally, a Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console version of Metroid Fusion was distributed exclusively to early adopters of the system alongside various other GBA games

Accessories[edit | edit source]

Game Link Cable[edit | edit source]

The Game Link Cable allows two to four Game Boy Advance systems to link together for multiplayer or other features. Metroid: Zero Mission uses the Game Link Cable to connect with Metroid Fusion to unlock the Fusion Gallery in the former.

Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable[edit | edit source]

Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable allows a Game Boy Advance to connect to a Nintendo GameCube via one of its controller ports, unlocking features in certain games. Metroid Prime uses the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable to connect with Metroid Fusion to unlock the NES version of Metroid and the Fusion Suit in Metroid Prime.

References[edit | edit source]

Nintendo consoles