The new Nintendo GAMEBOY micro ™ mini GBA
GameBoy Micro is the latest installment in the Gameboy family. It plays all Gameboy ADVANCE (GBA) games and comes with all GBA SP features, but the size is smaller than ever, so is the weight.
Being a tiny 10 cm (4") by 5 cm (2"), and a stunning 1.7 cm (.7") thin, it's around the same size as an iPod Mini, but just two thirds of the weight. This is something that you can just slip into the pocket of your jeans, and at under 80 grams (2.8 ounces), Gameboy Micro is half the weight of a GBA SP.
New Mini Screen (Backlit) with
Adjustable Screen Brightness levels - New
Micro Size - Mini Weight (holds in small pockets, three times lighter than iPod mini)
Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Plays all GBA Games world-wide Swappable face plate for design customization.
The tiny, lightweight, and stylish Game Boy Micro features a 2-inch, crystal-clear screen that appears sharper and more colorful than the larger GBA SP screen.
The standard d-pad and "a" and "b" buttons are further apart than on the SP and closer than on the DS, comfortably-sized for adult hands.
Game Boy Micro Top The left and right shoulder buttons have an elegant chrome finish and are also further apart than on the SP and closer than on the DS.
Removable Cover The chic hardware will come in both silver and black versions, each with three removable faceplates that allow for personalization and serve to protect the high-resolution backlit screen.
Game cartridges are loaded into the Micro from the bottom facing the back; the Micro is compatible with Game Boy Advance titles.
One ingenious design aspect is the combination of screen brightness and volume on a single rocker switch; one toggles between them by pushing the left shoulder button.
Game Boy Micro Bottom The on/off switch and standard headphone jack can be found on the bottom of the Micro, as well as the game cartridge slot.
Game Boy Micro Size Comparison Game Boy Micro measures just 4 inches wide, 2 inches long and 0.7 inches deep, about the height and thickness of a double-A battery.
There are the standard D-pad and "a" and "b" buttons; they are farther apart than on the SP and closer than on the DS-as are the left and right shoulder buttons, which have an elegant chrome finish. The Micro and DS are more comfortable for adults to use over long stretches of time than the SP, whose button arrangement tends to be uncomfortable for adult-size hands. The Start and Select buttons glow with a neon-like blue. There is an on/off switch on the bottom left and an extension port (for use with an adapter and GBA link cables)/power receptacle on the top. The unit uses an internal rechargeable battery that lasted approximately nine and a half hours in battery rundown tests, comparable to the SP and about an hour longer than the DS. One ingenious design aspect is the combination of screen brightness and volume on a single rocker switch; one toggles between them by pushing the left shoulder button.
The Micro also has a hole for attaching a lanyard, which is a good thing, because I want to carry mine everywhere I go, using my free time to game rather than check e-mail on a BlackBerry.
If you're purchasing a GBA for a child, we still recommend the more durable SP, which has a clamshell design that protects the screen when closed. Its price should drop with the introduction of the Micro.
For teens and adult gamers on the go, however, the Micro is the best choice, especially for someone who wants the smallest portable game platform that isn't a cell phone. It doesn't have the graphics performance of the DS or the PSP, but at $99.95, it is much cheaper than either of them.
As with the Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP systems, there are no regional lockout on software, so North American games can be played on Japanese hardware and vice versa.