Game Boy Advance celebrates last Christmas

Gba_sp After a very nice, very long run, it looks like the finish line is in sight for the Game Boy Advance (GBA). Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime thinks the console "has at least one more holiday season left in it" but plans to focus most of the company’s future efforts on its increasingly popular and more advanced DS, DS Lite, and Wii systems.

Production of third-party cartridges for the GBA (which are backwards-compatible with the DS and DS Lite) seems largely unaffected by the announcement, as more games for the system are scheduled for release over the next 9 months.

I don’t think anyone is caught off guard by the news of the impending end, but what surprises me is Fils-Aime’s statement that the GBA is a "great stepping stone for five-, six-, seven-year-old consumers to have their first great handheld gaming experience." A five year old? So much for teaching kids to read.

[Reuters via CrunchGear]
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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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