up if you have never owned or even used a GameBoy? Chances are
there's about one hand out of one thousand because everybody
knows the little Hand Held by now. Its been around so long that
even those who hate games will still know what it is.
GameBoy Advanced is Nintendo's next stage and unlike all the
previous incarnations, it's a stunner. Some twice the power
of the Snes (two FX chip style power) and with 32Bit processing
and 16Bit colour, it's a formidable handheld console.
It may not have the power of a Psone from Sony or a Compaq iPak
PocketPC (206Mhz) PalmTop, but it is essentially a portable
Super SNES. We say SUPER because some of the technology is similar
to the N64 and the rest comes from the Snes.
fact the GameBoy Advanced is best described as a portable Snes
and will likely be backwards compatible with a future add-on,
however it's also twice as powerful. That means a game such
as the original StarFox, on the GBA would not only be the same
as the Snes version, but you could also add limited textures
to the buildings for added depth.
GBA will easily crush a NeoGeo Pocket for graphics and game
quality; having played it at ECTS it was by far the most innovative
thing we saw. People still love the Snes and its graphics remain
fluid, so imagine that on a Tiny screen for a small price, just
Sadly the GBA was only just announced recently and while the
hardware is feature complete and ready for manufacturing, the
games aren't. As such we're not likely to see a GBA until games
are ready to be launched with it and then those games get converted
in other words, don't expect to see this piece of quality hardware
until several months into next year, likely around summer. Until
then the Psone and PS2 should keep people busy, although you'll
want to get a GBA, trust us.