it's about time!
Almost one and a half years has passed since Nintendo released its last
incarnation of the Gameboy, and I was getting worried. Since they've
sold approximately 11 Gamecubes, I figured they were about due to find
yet ANOTHER way to get every Gameboy owner to buy their system all over
again to make some quick bucks.
Almost one and a half years has passed since Nintendo released its last incarnation of the Gameboy, and I was getting worried. Since they've sold approximately 11 Gamecubes, I figured they were about due to find yet ANOTHER way to get every Gameboy owner to buy their system all over again to make some quick bucks.
the Gameboy Advance SP - Now, you may ask, "Why
couldn't Nintendo have made a backlit Gameboy back in 2001? Or 1989 for
that matter?" Well, you
obviously didn't know that backlighting a portable game unit was a
scientific impossibility until 2003. The lineage of deceitful and faux
lighting in portables until that time is a story shrouded in secrecy and
of us old-timers remember the Mattel Football and Baseball portable
games of yesteryear. Ah, the memories, coming home from kindergarten,
watching Smurfs or Knight Rider and then, engaging in a pulse-pounding
sports game with players (and balls) rendered by no more than glowing
Theories exist that, much like the Pyramids, these devices were actually
built by highly advanced alien cultures who visited Earth for fun. Other
suggest witchcraft. A thorough investigation by The Atari 2600 Portables
Site reveals, however, that the glowing red squares were actually
lighting bugs that had been genetically altered by the Pentagon for use
in Granada. After spending billions on the bugs and having the war only
last a month, the Pentagon had no choice but to license out the
technology. Mattel bit, and the Football and Baseball games were born.
years later, Nintendo, not wanting to sell-out to unproven and potential
national security-breaching technology, did the honest thing in 1989 by
releasing the un-backlit, spinach-colored screened Gameboy.
Lynx owners were astounding as they turned on their Lynxes (is that a
word?) and discovered - light! Surely this must be a mistake, as the
Gameboys owned by everyone else at school were dark and dim...
Well, for you two people out there, I've come to set your minds at ease and end the sleepless nights that have plagued you since MC Hammer was popular. The Atari Lynx may have seemed to be backlit, but in reality (which bites) it used thinly ground depleted uranium smuggled out of Russia after the fall of the Berlin Wall which, when actuated by a resonator, created an effervescent glow that APPEARED to make it a backlit system.
the end, a full 124 years passed between the invention of the light bulb
and the creation of a true backlit portable game system.
Nintendo, being the forthright and responsible company that they are, decided that it was time to bestow upon the world a savior... a backlit Gameboy!
- The Gameboy Advance SP New Features List! -
Now, I know you're thinking, "Well, this is all fine and good, but, what about the benchmark CAVE COMPARISON? Where does the GBA SP stand on that one?"