So the general consensus is that the GBA is more comfy and preferable to the GBA SP right?
I can see why, but how did you all deal with having to constantly buy batteries for it compared to just having to charge the SP? Was it just a mild annoyance or a real money drain? Same for the gameboy and the GBC.
My sister's ex gave me a rechargeable battery set for the purple GBA, it was just a giant purple box almost the size of the GBA with two battery-shaped things on it. but was still comfy and not as heavy as it looked
Except for the fact that most of the time you can't see what's happening due to the shitty screen.
Still love the gba though, but the backlit screen on the SP is just so much more pleasant to look at.
It wasn't as comfortable as the GBA, sure, but I never really had any difficulty using the SP for numerous hours at a time. If there is an objective difference in comfort, I would call it negligible.
Design wise I prefer the GBA, also because the shoulder buttons and A and B felt better when pressing them, but the SP is more convenient due to the backlight and rechargeable battery
Eh, I use one of those handles because I have big hands. If it fits in your hand then great, but if it doesn't, there's an easy solution.
Also, fuck the GBA's stiff as shit D-pad.
I've had an SP since I was in elementary school and for a long time (like a good 3 years) I never touched it. It sat on the floor of my garage and sometimes, I'd purposefully step on it while walking around. Yes. You read that right.
It works fine. The only difference is I can't shake it too hard while playing or it turns off. Luckily, I don't have Parkinson's
I much prefer the SP over the Advance. I have tiny baby hands so smaller handhelds suit me. Backlight and rechargability make the difference greater. The only thing SP lacked was a headphone port, and the Micro solved that for me as well as further accomodating my stubby fingers. Each Gameboy was an improvement over its predecessor.
I played so much Tactics Ogre, FFTA and Golden Sun on GBA that I fucking chewed through batteries.
I got one of those chargable battery packs for it that you could hook up to an AC outlet. I ended up using it so much that the batteries couldn't hold a charge and the system would die as soon as you disconnected it from the power cable.
So I just played it with the plug in, which I used so much that the cable got broken and frayed and had to be held together with tape and glue. Eventually it just got too worn down to use at all but I think I was mostly done with the system by then.
Shit was cray.
Favorite GBA games?
Pic related. Played all iterations and 2 was my favorite, by far.
>So the general consensus is that the GBA is more comfy and preferable to the GBA SP right?
Not even a little. l-ion batteries and the backlit screen make it damn near impossible to go back to a regular GBA.
>So the general consensus is that the GBA is more comfy and preferable to the GBA SP right?
Yes, but the original had the shittiest screen out of all of the Game Boys so people get an SP to not deal with that shit. Of course the SP also lacked the GOAT d-pad or even a real headphone jack, but what you gonna do about it?
I know that feeling anon.
>In year 6 a kid called me gay and I punched him right in the face for it despite the fact he didn't mean it
>I was that guy
On the bright side, he never did it again.
>bit harder to hold
it's tiny enough that you can hold it with thumb, and finger tips without any edges digging in your hands, and light enough that this kind of grasp isn't uncomfortable.
The only way the sp could be more easy to hold, would be if it had some extra indentation on the back for your fingertip grip.
The SP is better in every way for children's hands. I remember when I picked mine back up years later completely unable to hold it, that was a wakeup call.
GBA probably has a better lasting design thanks to the control spacing but fuck that screen so much.
5. GBA Micro (No GB Games)
3. GBA SP
2. GBA SP AGS-101
1. GBA AGS 1-01 Mod (pic related)
I had this plus a worm light. Was seriously considering that afterburner kit but the SP was announced.
The backlight alone on the SP unarguably made it the definitive version, dealing with disposable batteries was also a giant pain in the ass compared to the rechargeable battery with the SP. The SP was also considerably more portable, that thing was small as fuck when you folded it up and fit in almost any pocket.
Anybody who says GBA is better than GBA SP is wrong.
I prefer the SP over the original. Main reasons are:
3. Controls didn't wear the fuck out
1 and 3 are the big ones to me. The backlight allowed you to play in more places. With the original, you had to get a wormlight which had its limits. The backlight is just so much better. The controls on my SP are nice and responsive too. I don't know but the D pad on my original GBA is super unresponsive. You really have to press down to use it which drives me nuts. My SP doesn't do that shit.
>almost 15 years old
>GBA is still not considered retro to /vr/, neither wonderswan and neo geo color
>Dreamcast is allowed
why /vr/ is full of segafags and geezers who can't handled something newly retro? This is your similar situation with the PS1 (except moot didn't want sony fanboys) and N64 but everybody got over it few days later?
I had one of those lights, I even used it quite often.
The rules are simple, consoles released after 1999 are not retro.
Dreamcast was released in 1998. GBA in 2001 or so.
Retro is not games that look old (otherwise, indie PC games discussion would be allowed), it's to separate different eras. I think 1999 is a good limit to what's retro and what's not.
if we were to include the GBA, then we'd have to include the PS2 and the original Xbox.
Original GBA with a backlight mod and a glass lens is the very best.
Anyone who disagrees doesn't know SHIT.
ITT: 15 year old plebs
Grey brick '89 master race.
I've got a EZ Flash IV, that I use in my SP and Micro.
The physical shell feels really cheap, but it works with all the GBA ROMs, and Goomba ROM compilations, that I've thrown at it.
>not making exceptions
don't even make the 6th consoles retro at all just the handheld since they were more leaning to the 4th/5tth directions.
it's that simple
i already know /vr/ is afraid of the 6th consoles because of the PS2 generation coming in and Halofags trolling the board and arguing with the Quakefags
>no battery pack
did you play Pokemans on your sonny?
whoa...this is the power...of the GBA....
Has nothing to do with being a hipster chief, I pulled my brick out of a box a couple weeks back and metroid is just as awesome now as it was when I was a kid.
You jelly, jelly of my nostalgia that you will never have.
While the GBA is much comfier, the SP is much better.
Backlight, folding (this is arguable about being better, but fuck off if you think its bad), rechargable, and personally I liked the dpad a fuckload more
For GBA games, it plays them directly. There's a small, ten second or so loading time where the cart loads the rom into GBA-accessible memory, where it plays it just like a standard GBA game. It's great.
In the case of GB and GBC games, it uses an emulator, but you won't notice any slowdown.
The Flash IV is great. The games are a little bit of a hassle to load onto it, but other than that, it's gold.
as a starfox fan, this is worst kind of match up that i ever regret to play
Thanks guys appreciate it. Though it looks like these have been discontinued some time ago and now sell for $40+, guess I'll wait until my trip to Asia next year to find one.
it's almost as if you never saw Faceball 2k
Great system with lots of great games. Have plenty of psp titles on it as well.
I wish handheld bros would get along but it is so competitive for some reason. My Vita to 3DS games are about equal in number if you only count physicals.
Enjoy my Vita slightly more because a lot of the good 3DS games were very, very poorly translated (often without jap audio) or they were too easy. Nintendo really needs to offer harder modes in a lot of games. In pokemon it would be really nice if they could make trainers have a lot more pokemon on harder difficulties.
This handheld gen is becoming even better than the last.
Man, I hate fuckers like you. I look after kids in after school care and just today I had to break up a fight between two kids because one of them called the other one a pussy.
So needlessly violent, little shitheads.
fucking GBA SP was my greatest purchase from nintendo.
Rechargable batteries have been a thing for ages.
>Was it just a mild annoyance or a real money drain?
Batteries were cheap as fuck, and charging the SP costs money as well.
My only probelm with the original GBA was the screen not being backlit.
>literally the exact same D-pad as on the Gamecube controller that everyone complains is way too fucking small
>same fucking part number and everything
I don't know. I always questioned it. He bought the original DS when it first came out, then when the Micro came out, he traded that DS in. Never bought another DS. He used it as an MP3 player too. Can't remember what cart he used though. All I remember was stealing it all the time in class to play that Wario Ware game with the gyroscope. Think we were in high school at the time so this would have been 05 I think, maybe early 06
>GBA didn't have a backlit screen. SP did.
There's no competition here, you niggers could argue about the dumbest shit for a thousand years but a rechargeable battery and backlit screen? GTFO, SP wins hands down.
>Not playing Pokemon, Golden Sun, or Final Fantasy one handed while on a crowded subway train or when eating at home.
Nigga, do you even comfy?
I guess everyone complaining about the SP being uncomfortable would have trouble with a GBPocket as well.
I think I know why.
This thread has made me full nostalgic of the GBA. Anyone knows where I can find a flashcart nowadays?
Oh, and I'm in
I can't seem to find any either.
All they really are, though, are the screens from GBA SPs, and a small adapter.
All you'd really need to buy is a GBA SP 101 to cannibalize, the pin adapter off of Ebay for, like, 14 bucks, and maybe a tri-wing screwdriver, because those are harder to come by.
Just be sure to look at a guide before you buy anything, just to make sure you have everything you need. GBAs have two kinds of screen output pins, so you're going to want to make sure you get the right pin adapter. After that, it's just a simple case of opening it up, taking stuff out, putting stuff in, and maybe soldering and hotgluing stuff. Easy to do in your first try, assuming you don't have Parkinson's.
Nintendo could've completely ripped everyone off with this little thing had they launched it half a year earlier.
The screen on the Micro was really great, and the system had a really good thing going for it.
But honestly, this pretty much came out after the DS, and the DS had BC with GBA games at the time, so this was completely redundant.
>Do all GB/GBC/GBA games work on EZ Flash IV
All except the ones that require extra hardware or had built-in attachments, like Kirby Tilt N Tumble, or the Wario and Yoshi games that had gyroscopes, or the Boktai games.
And the games on Gameboy and Gameboy Color that required an internal clock won't function properly because of the emulator.
going straight from gba games to glorious super mario 64 ds and that metroid prime hunters demo blew my fucking mind
3D IN MY HAND
goddamn that was a good christmas
I have both and I must say, that GBA was more comfortable to play, but need for light and to switch batteries can make using it quite harder. But, there is a good thing about batteries - you can take pack of batteries and play it in places, where there is no electricity.
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>Brother somehow chopped of the top half of the select button on his GBA
>Just now realized he switched his with mine
All of these years I thought it scratched up against something sharp when I wasn't looking, at least we got SPs shortly after.
I settled for spending €59.90 inc. delivery for one from a kinda shady German site, but I'm a mong. It'd probably be better to keep checking ebay and local ad listing sites for a cheaper one.
I ended up getting an R4
so many good free games
>elite beat agents
>kario 64, kart
>mm star force
>metal slug 7
>ninja gaiden dragon sword (that rad portrait ds mode)
>touch the dead
Were we talking about SMS/SG/PS1/ZXSS/PC98/NES/SNES games? No. No we weren't.
And even if we were, there are android devices now that blow the PSP out of the water in that regard.
>there are people on /v/ who are young enough to have not even played a GBA
hurr durr passage of time and all that, FUCK
anyway I have both and play with both but use my GBA whenever I can because fuck, that little box is kind of annoying to hold (also because it doesn't have a headphone jack anywhere, what's up with that)
Wasn't talking about phones. nVidia Shield is a perfect example. Does everything the PSP does, emulator-wise, but better. Hell, the thing even emulates the PSP pretty well.
Not to mention all those other, third party handheld devices that come out of China every other month.
And I HAVE a PSP and I used it exclusively for emulation for a very long time. It's a great system, no one's denying that, but, as it was inevitable, it has been surpassed.
Those andriod devices cost several hundred dollars while a PSP is like $40. And they have no physical buttons.
PSP is the best handheld, hopefully the Vita gets hacked so that will be the best handheld.
Well yeah, they can have physical buttons but the fucking addon is like the price of a psp anyway.
Too bad a GBA can only play GBA games though. Dont know how you think a flashcart that costs the same price of a PSP that can only play gba games is better than a $40 PSP that can play PSP/PS1/GBA/Genesis/MAME/NES etc
>Well yeah, they can have physical buttons but the fucking addon is like the price of a psp anyway.
What are you talking about? You do realize not only phones are android devices right?
Your logic is Android = phone.
>Dont know how you think a flashcart that costs the same price of a PSP that can only play gba games
Jesus so some research first. A 5min google will educate you. even>>262492236 proves you wrong
Because we were talking about the GBA.
If we were talking about emulation as a whole, then yeah, the PSP would be better than a GBA flashcart. But we weren't. We were talking about the best mode to enjoy GBA games, and in that regard, it's a GBA with a flashcart, end of story.
Also anything that isn't PSP, PS1 or GBA runs like ass and needs tons of tweaks to get working decent on a PSP anyway.
I loved the Micro. Shame that it's Euro release got fucked over though. No replacement plates, no plate removal tool and no mention of switchable plates in the press or instruction manual.
I know what you mean.
As a kid when I upgraded from a brick to a Pocket, then to a Color, I thought I'd never want to go back to the old one. But recently I've replayed Link's Awakening on it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it all over again and the green monochrome screen actually made the game feel more nostalgic.
It's purely nostalgia goggles, but indeed it's some good nostalgia.