News Archives for: March 2001

GBA Europe release date
Posted on March 21, 2001 @ 3:10 PM EST by: Hairball
With the Game Boy Advance just released in Japan today, Nintendo has announced the launch date for the GBA in Europe.

The Game Boy Advance will launch in Europe on June 22, 2001 (11 days after North America) for the price of approximately €120-130, in the same 3 launch colors (indigo, arctic and glacier) as Japan and North America.

Super Mario Advance is one of the 10 games that will be part of the Game Boy Advance launch in Europe.

GBA released in Japan!
Posted on March 21, 2001 @ 3:07 PM EST by: Hairball
The Game Boy Advance has been officially released in Japan! It should be available in stores around Japan now. There were also many games launching with the system, including Nintendo's own Super Mario Advance.

The system costs 9800, and each game will cost 3800, a piece.

Got the flu? Call Dr. Mario 64
Posted on March 16, 2001 @ 10:48 PM EST by: Hairball
There are over 25 new screenshots of Dr. Mario 64 over at IGN64's preview, and they also have an article on playing Dr. Mario 64, so if you're interested in this game, head on there to take a look.

Link: http://ign64.ign.com/previews/15952.html
Link: http://ign64.ign.com/news/32493.html

GBA & Super Mario Advance Box Art
Posted on March 16, 2001 @ 9:54 PM EST by: Hairball
Nintendo has released some brand new North American box art for the Game Boy Advance and Super Mario Advance. It it unknown whether this is concept art, as it was found on Amazon.com, but please do take a look.

Game Boy Advance Boxes:


Super Mario Advance Box:


Source: Amazon.com

Mario Advance Japanese Box Art
Posted on March 15, 2001 @ 11:17 PM EST by: Tiger
This, is the cool Japanese Box Art for Mario Advance.
Mario Advance!
Neat looking? I think it is.
Mario Advance is set to release with the GBA, and the gameplay is simliar to Super Mario Bros 2 for the United States. For the Japanese, this is partially new. They got another version of SMB2. If you know the story, The USA SMB2 was basically a copy of the Japanese game "Doki Doki Panic" and the Japanese SMB2 was like a continuation of the original SMB.
Enough trivia for today, and enjoy the Box Art!

Game Boy Advance: Launch Titles and Prices
Posted on March 7, 2001 @ 5:43 PM EST by: Hairball
Game Boy Advance will be released in North America on July 11, 2001 for a MSRP (manuufacturer's suggested retail price) of $99.95 US, while new games will be between $29.95 and $39.95.

The system will be launched with a huge selection of 15 games on launch day which including Super Mario Advance, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, and other third-party games titles.

Unfortunately, Mario Kart Advance was not on the GBA launch list, it will probably be released to stores later in the year.

There will be more than 60 exclusive Game Boy Advance titles by Christmas, and virtually all games for previous Game Boy hardware will be compatible with the new hardware.

Game Boy Advance decisively breaks the existing boundaries for handheld video game play, boosting both screen size and battery life by 50%, and picture resolution by 66%. Game Boy Advance actually delivers a sharper picture than current 32-bit and 64-bit consoles playing on a 27" television.

Game Boy Advance runs 17 times faster and displays more than ten times as many on-screen colors as Game Boy Color. It will enable previously impossible scaling, rotating and transparency effects. Two new control buttons have been added to the original Game Boy configuration to allow for more complex and varied forms of game play. With select multi-player software titles, four Game Boy Advance units can be linked together by an optional cable offering four-way game play with all four players using a single game cartridge. In addition, the unit itself is capable of being used as a discreet controller for the upcoming Nintendo GameCube console.

Game Boy Advance will be available in three colors: Arctic (white), Glacier (translucent blue), and Indigo (violet).

Also, in a speech by Atsushi Asada, Executive Vice President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. He mentioned that Nintendo has plans to release updated versions of Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story for the Game Boy Advance, something in which Mario fans across the world have waited a long time for!