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The Game Boy Advance, often abbreviated as GBA, is a 32-bit handheld video game console released by Nintendo. Since the console's release, several Sonic the Hedgehog games, compilations, and video cartridges have been exclusively hosted on it.


Sonic the Hedgehog with a Nintendo Gamecube and Game Boy Advance.

Contrary to the previous Game Boy models, which were all following the "portrait" form that was designed by Gunpei Yokoi, the Game Boy Advance was designed in a "landscape" format and put the buttons to the sides of the device instead of below the screen. The Game Boy Advance was designed by French designer Gwénaël Nicolas and his Tokyo-based design studio Curiosity Inc.[8]

Nintendo's competitors in the handheld market at the time were the Neo Geo Pocket Color, WonderSwan Color, GP32, and the N-Gage. Despite the competitors' best efforts, Nintendo maintained the majority of the market share with the Game Boy Advance.

As of 30 June 2010, the Game Boy Advance series had sold 81.51 million units worldwide. Its successor, the Nintendo DS, was released in November 2004 and was fully compatible with Game Boy Advance software, excluding the later released DSi which had GBA cartridge slot removed.

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Sonic Advance (2001) Sonic Advance 2 (2002) Sonic Battle (2003)
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Sonic Pinball Party (2003) Sonic Advance 3 (2004) Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis (2006)


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Sega Smash Pack 2 Games in 1: Sonic Advance and Chu Chu Rocket 2 Games in 1: Sonic Pinball Party and Sonic Battle
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2 Games in 1: Sonic Advance and Sonic Battle Combo Pack: Sonic Advance and Sonic Pinball Party 2 Games in 1: Sonic Battle and Chu Chu Rocket
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2 Games in 1: Sonic Pinball Party and Columns Crown

Sonic X videocarts

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Sonic X: A Super Sonic Hero Sonic X: Chaos Emerald Chaos

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Game Boy Player

The Game Boy Player is an add-on for the Nintendo GameCube which allows one to play the entire library of Game Boy games, Game Boy Color exclusive games, and Game Boy Advance games on the television. Some Game Boy Advance games have rumble support with GameCube controllers. The Game Boy Player does not support Super Game Boy enhancements so Game Boy games with Super Game Boy enhancements will work but all audio, custom border, and extra color enhancements will not appear. Game Boy Advance games with motion sensors will work, but all motion sensors will need to be done by tilting the GameCube system itself, not the GameCube controllers and using a Game Boy Advance via the GameCube connector will not work either. The Game Boy Player lacks a infrared port so games that use the infrared port will work but features using the infrared port will not work.

Nintendo designed the Game Boy Player to block compatibility with Game Boy Advance Video cartridges to prevent illegal copying of the video.


  • In Japan only, the Game Boy Advance is tied with the Nintendo GameCube for the first Nintendo system to have a Sonic game released for it (Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle respectively), with both games being released on 20 December 2001.
  • There are some games, such as Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse, that can use a Game Boy Advance GameCube Cable to get new features on a Game Boy Advance game.
    • There is however no Sonic Game Boy Advance game or Gamecube game that utilizes the cable.


  1. 1.0 1.1 IGN Staff (7 March 2001). The US Launch Price and Launch Titles for GBA. IGN. Retrieved on 12 June 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fielder, Lauren (16 May 2001). E3 2001: Nintendo unleashes GameCube software, a new Miyamoto game, and more. GameSpot.
  3. Bramwell, Tom (21 March 2001). GBA Day: June 22nd. Eurogamer.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harris, Craig (6 January 2003). Game Boy Advance SP. IGN.
  5. Jones, Ashley (8 March 2003). News: GBA SP Press Release. N-Europe. Archived from the original on 26 November 2013.
  6. Kuwamoto, Misuzu (7 March 2001). 任天堂、GBAの今後の展開を発表、GBA対応の新ポケモンカードを発売 (Japanese). ASCII. Retrieved on 12 June 2018.
  7. Marbot, Olivier (28 January 2002). La Game Boy Advance passe à 99 euros (French). LSA. Retrieved on 12 June 2018.
  8. BorisPN (22 March 2016). Game Boy Advance: 15 ans d'histoire (1ère partie) (French). Puissance Nintendo. Retrieved on 22 March 2018.

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