The Game Boy Advance SP is an improved version of the Game Boy Advance. It features a frontlight and a "clamshell" design. In 2005, the system was released with a backlight, which was rereleased in North America and Europe. It remains to be one of the most popular Game Boy systems.
- The Game Boy Advance SP has a clamshell design, which was introduced by the Nintendo Game &a Watch series many years back. It has a standard Game Boy Advance Link Cable port on the top, along with a new style port for charging (this port was also on the original DS, and chargers are cross-compatible). On the left side is a volume slider, on the bottom is the cartridge slot that will accept Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance game cartridges, and on the right side is an on/off switch. The buttons on the GBA SP were changed to a micro-switch style, similar to the buttons on the more modern 3DS family.
- The GBA SP came in two different veriations, the first being the front-lit model AGS-001. This model has a lit screen, although the colors appear washed out. The front light could be toggled on or off. The second variation was backlit, with significantly improved contrast and colors. This was model AGS-101. The brightness could be toggled in "stun" or "kill" modes, which were low and high, respectively. The 101 model is known for being significantly more sought after that the 001 model, and thus can fetch high prices.
- the 001 model came in silver, Cobalt Blue, Crimson Red, and Onyx Black. The 101 model came in Black, Pink, and Pearl Blue.
- There were special edition colors released, such as a yellow Pikachu edition with a print of Pikachu on the lid, a red and white Famicom edition released only in Japan, and an NES themed NES edition.
- the two different models can be told apart by A) looking at the information sticker on the bottom of the system, B) the color (the black variants are different, the 101 in black has a more cool tone than the 001) or C) by looking at the screens (turned on, the 101 looks significantly better, turned off the 101 screen is a deep black while the 001 screen is a yellow-gray color).
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