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Topic: How do gbc games look on gbc vs gba?

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xNinBox

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I notice the original gba screen is wider so does it stretch gbcolour games to fit and do they look better or worse on the gba? how significant is it.

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KingMike

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The GBA allows you to choose if you want stretched or original size graphics by pressing L or R during the game. I have not owned an original model GBA but I hear the screen is just awful to see (though GBC games tended to use very bright colors to balance out the dark screen. So much that they might almost blind you if you play them on a SP2.)
I can't remember how bad it was to see GBC games on an actual GBC as I think I only actually used mine to play a handful of games before I got my SP. The Dragon Warriors and Zelda Oracle of Seasons are actually the only games I can specifically remember playing on it. Probably Lufia 3 for a brief time before I found out it didn't live up to the SNES games. Otherwise I stuck with my large collection of mono classics. I do recall needing a decent light source.

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xNinBox

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KingMIke, Are you saying that
A) if you play gbc games on a gba original with backlit or gba advance sp 2 it might blind you? Is this really the case? can you cite some sources to where you acquired this information, I find it strange Nintendo would release a gba compatible with gbc games with such a health hazard. Please cite some sources because I specifically want to buy it to play gbc games on backlight but now you got me scared.
B) Are gba games on any gba models with backlight ok for the eye i.e. will not cause eye problems?

Thanks

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steamhare

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He was obviously kidding about the brightness blinding you. He's just saying it would be quite bright on a particular model.

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KingMike

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An exaggeration but I do find original GB games on a SP2 too bright for my tastes. (as a GBC, and thus anything else based on GBC, adds a high-contrast generic palette to original monochrome games)
I've heard GBC will still be very dark on an original GBA and just right on a SP1.

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