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The Game Boy is reborn once again, as Nintendo today announced the Game Boy Micro, a stylish (and surprisingly small) retooling of the Game Boy Advance. Measuring 4 inches wide, 2 inches tall and 0.7 inches deep; and weighing just 2.8 ounces, the silver-clad Micro is probably the slickest -- or at the very least, most portable -- Game Boy hardware yet. Better yet, it will play all the GBA and Game Boy games currently handled by the GBA SP.

In addition to the small size, the Micro features a 2-inch backlit screen, swappable front plates, and screen brightness adjustment. Like the SP, the Micro includes a built-in, rechargeable battery - in this case, Lithium Ion.

"We're making the gorgeous Game Boy Micro for image-conscious folks who love video games, the ones who want the look of their system to be as cool as the games they play on it," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Because of its diminutive size and industrial-hip look, Game Boy Micro immediately identifies the person playing it as a trendsetter with discriminating style."

The Game Boy Micro is scheduled to ship this fall. We'll bring you even more on the system as more news comes in. Stay tuned.
source: ign.com



It's a nice thing to show off, not to game. I still prefer the design of the classic gameboy over any other since it's nice and large, which at least fits my hands. Try grabbing a creditcard with 10 fingers, and keep it that way for an hour :rolleyes:

I'll pass, thanx :p
 

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agreed Cid. the most difficult part about using the newer handhelds is that all consideration is given to size and design and none to comfort.. my current GBA works just fine.
 

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Well it's just a new design for the same old stuff, not a completely new handheld with new games, so there's no need for more buttons I guess.
 

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Maybe a little too small
I was expecting more from Nintendo. I woud've liked for the screen to be bigger and for it to have a flip cover....why make it so small if you're going to put it in your pocket and the screen will get all scratched...
I heard the rumors of Nintendo releasing in GI mag (I hate that magazine...Stupid game stop!)this for the price of $100. I think I would rather buy a DS and play the new generation of game eh? wouldn't you?
 

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I might buy a GBA:SP but not this...it's too small...
 

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Agreed i dont see the purpose of Nintendo making it smaller rather then adding some new features to it that would atleast make a person consider it. I think the dollars Nintendo is spending in re-designing and manufacturing the GBAM would be better spent on getting more third party games for DS.
 

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Nintendo also said the regular SP would stay available.
Think of it as a bonus?

Anyway, I already have a bulky device with 2 screens that plays GBA games as well, allthough for that particular device I'm more interested in its platform-specific games :p
 

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I think this one is actually wider than the SP, so it's probably more confortable to hold. But I won't be replacing my SP for this, I love how the "clamshell" design keeps the screen safe while I carry it in my pocket.

[]s Badaro
 

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hey guys i came across this video of GBAM and i must say it looks nice and comfortable. Even that metallic grey color looks good. :thumb:
 

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Dude, I was at E3 and I thought I could swallow the Game Boy Micro whole. I take biggger ****s than it. But seriously, I dont think that there needs to be another GBA that does the same thing as the previous 2, 3 if you count DS.
 

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Am I the only one who thinks the new GBM is the smartest thing Nintendo has done in a while?

Perhaps I'm from a different point of view than most of the members on this forum, so here goes an old fart's story. My last Gameboy was the GBC. People at work pointed and laughed at me whenever I pulled it out at lunch, even tho I knew deep down they really wanted to grab it from me ;)

Then I switched to PocketPC. PDAs are basically the grown up's Gameboy. I knew countless adults who bought PDAs for gaming. But let's face it, these things aren't really designed for games. Most PDA games are boring to say the least. And emulators are always too slow or incompatible. The controls simply suck. In most cases you can only press one button at a time, and need to be really skillful to use the d-pad properly.

And then the cellphone. It's just worse than PDAs in almost everyway, except that you carry one less thing. That said, I have enjoyed many portable gaming hours with my Smartphone running a Pacman clone (SPVMan for those who know).

I have wanted every portable gaming console since the GBC. The GBA, GBASP, DS, PSP... but the same reason kept me from buying one: I wouldn't carry one with me. It would make too much of an effort to bring one, and it would look too, aham, immature to play in public.

The new Gameboy Micro solves that problem for the mature crowd. It's small and light enough to carry without hassle. It won't look any more childish than playing with your PDA or phone. And it plays well. I don't need accelerated 3D graphics, or touch screens, or the newest titles. I just need something petite and fun and comes out with me all the time (beside the girl). Thanks Nintendo, for truely bringing back the Game&Watch days.
 

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Wasn't that what GBA SP did?

The only thing we can reason is that GBA SP was geared towards adults, but may not have the durability to stand up to kid abuse. This explains why GBAs continued to sell well (also price point). This GBAM seems like it is a blend of SP and the durability of the original. It might also come in under a cheaper price point.

HOWEVER! We know Nintendo well...we know their little tricks...

GBA released = wow
GBA WTF?!? = damn batteries ($$)!! No lit screen..gotta by this part ($$)!!
GBA SP released = wow with recharge battery and lit screen
GBA SP WTF?!? = need a different connector for head phones ($$)? Link cable not compatible ($$)? Plays GB / GBC games but they stick out!!
GBAM released = wow
GBAM WTF?!? = COMING SOON!
 

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I remember wacthing an interview on G4 and the said that the screen will be back lit and extremely sharp. The GBA SP was only front lit so this could be really good. I won't get it though, I have my DS.
 
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