News Archives for: January 2003

Game Boy Advance SP Takes Portable Game Play Anywhere
Posted on January 7, 2003 @ 3:20 PM EST by: Hairball
The biggest star in the history of video games is getting even brighter. Nintendo of America Inc. today announces the introduction of Game Boy® Advance SP (the SP stands for "special"), a redesigned version of the wildly popular Game Boy Advance. The system has a new illumination feature and sleek flip-screen design making it the most distinctively stylish, compact and portable Game Boy system ever.

The Game Boy Advance SP will become an instant "must-have " gadget when it launches in North America March 23, 2003, for an estimated retail price of $99.95. It will launch in two colors: cobalt (metallic) and platinum.

Building on the significant improvements and refinements already introduced in the current Game Boy Advance, the new Game Boy Advance SP features a revolutionary Front Light Screen making game play easy in any lighting condition. The system is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery good for about 10 hours of game play and takes only three hours to recharge. Amazingly, the battery life increases to approximately 18 hours of continuous play when the Front Light Screen is turned off.

All current and future Game Boy Advance games are compatible with the new system. And, similarly, Game Boy Advance SP is backward compatible, allowing use with virtually all games and accessories previously released in the Game Boy line.

"Both Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP reflect the best the video game market has ever seen in hand-held gaming," says Peter MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "For those who must have the latest in technology and edgy design, Game Boy Advance SP delivers the ultimate in portable gaming. "

Nintendo will continue to manufacture and market its current, successful Game Boy Advance system, which has now sold-through more than 11.5 million units in North America alone since its launch a little more than a year ago.

Source: Nintendo of America

Two New Mario Games for 2003
Posted on January 7, 2003 @ 12:00 AM EST by: TW
Mario Kart GC for GameCube has appeared on several European official release lists as "Q3 2003", so expect it out in all regions around that time.

Also Super Mario Advance 4 was announced at the European showing of the GB:SP today, but Nintendo refused to comment on which game they would be porting, or if it was totally new.

Source: http://www.planetgamecube.com/news.cfm?action=item&id=3822 , http://www.planetgamecube.com/news.cfm?action=item&id=3823

A Portable GameCube?
Posted on January 2, 2003 @ 11:37 AM EST by: Hairball
Nintendojo reports that there is speculation of a portable GameCube being unveiled at this year's upcoming E3 show.

"A portable GameCube device would bring next-generation graphics to the portable market -- a market dominated by Nintendo with no competition from Sony or Microsoft," Envisioneering analyst Richard Doherty said.

Perhaps this is the reason Nintendo decided to go with the smaller DVD discs for the GameCube...

Link: http://www.nintendojo.com/infocus/view_item.php?1041488593