Advantages Great sound and graphics, long battery life
Disadvantages Screen can be hard to view, games are expensive and the screen can get dirty easily
I recently started a new job which pays weekly. I received my first paycheque 2wks ago. Did I save it? No. Did I invest it? No way!What did I do? I just had to run out straight away and buy a Gameboy Advance with two games from "Toys R Us" didn't I?
It seemed the only sane thing to do when you receive a wad of cash for the first time (I'm a student, I suppose I could have spent it in the pub!)So I went on a mission to Toys 'R Us, friends in tow and browsed all the different packages. In the end I went for the Ultra package which contains a GBA, Mario Advance and F-Zero + a Travel Pack with power adaptors, rechargeable battery pack, a little light, a carry case and also a link cable for up to 4 GBA's connected together .
You see I'm one of those people who goes weak at the knees with the thought of a new toy/gadget - the smaller and more expensive the better! But enough about me. On to the product in hand:Initial Impressions
Upon taking it out of the box for the first time I was delighted to see that 2 AA batteries had been included so I could start straight away. So I got it out the box and then went to get one of the games. I didn't expect the sight I saw when I opened the Mario Advance box - the cartridge was so small I could have swallowed it whole! There was this box (the same size as a gameboy game box) whose entire contents could have been comfortably accommodated in a box about 25% of the original size.A little hesitant I slotted it into the back of the gameboy.
On turning it on for the first time I was greeted with a cornucopia of colour as the little logo spun into place before greeting my with the familiar face of Mario and Co.Bad Points
After becoming familiar with this new device I was surprised to find there was no Contrast control which seemed a little odd as you have to hold it in the right light if you want to see clearly. Another problem is that the screen is too reflective so this renders the travel light I got with it pretty useless as you can't really see the screen for the reflection of the bulb.By no means should this put you off, once you have it in the right light (try sitting with a window behind you) the screen and colours look really crisp and clear. I think the screen is an updated version of the one used in the Gameboy Colour so if you've ever owned one of them you'll get the sort of idea what the GBA screen is like to use.
Another problem with the screen is that it can pick up dirt and dust far too easily but this can be sorted out via the use of a damp cloth. I suppose peoples main gripe would be about the price of the games: £30+. It may seem a little excessive but if they were not so high priced, Nintendo would have to sell the GBA at a much higher price. As always, they sell the console at a loss and make the profits from the game sales, just like any other company.So that's the downside of it, now what are the good points?
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