Hardware Classics: The Legend Of Zelda Game Boy Advance SP
Posted by Damien McFerran
The Triforce is strong in this one
Nintendo's Game Boy Advance is one of the company's most beloved handhelds. It had a hard act to follow, coming after the blockbuster successes of the original monochrome Game Boy and the Game Boy Color, but it managed to shift almost 90 million units globally. However, in typical Nintendo fashion, it took a major hardware revision to deliver what many players considered to be the finished article.
The original Game Boy Advance model lacked a lit screen and used AA batteries rather than a rechargeable power cell. 2003's Game Boy Advance SP remedied these problems, and also introduced a clamshell form factor which protected the screen and made the unit feel even more portable. Bizarrely, it also removed the headphone socket, requiring users to purchase an additional accessory which plugged into the charging port (and therefore meant you couldn't charge and listen through headphones at the same time).
Like so many of Nintendo's products, the Game Boy Advance SP was released in a variety of limited edition flavours. This gold-coloured Zelda example isn't particularly rare, but it's certainly one of the most visually appealing; it was bundled with a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap. Sadly, this edition of the console doesn't include the superior backlit screen (Game Boy Advance SP units with this screen have the model number AGS-101) - if it had, then this would arguably the ultimate edition of the handheld.
If you're looking to pick up a Game Boy Advance SP unit then this is certainly worth considering, despite the lack of the backlit screen. AGS-101 models tend to fetch high prices when they come up for sale online, whereas this Zelda-themed edition is slightly less expensive. It's a fantastic collectable, and goes particularly well with the limited edition Wii Remote bundled with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, we think.