On 14th February 2003, Nintendo gave Japanese gamers a Valentine's to remember when it released the Game Boy Advance SP.
Those outside Japan would have to wait until March to get their hands on this gorgeous clamshell redesign of the GBA which came — mercifully — with a front-lit screen (the back-lit AGS-101 variant with adjustable brightness wouldn't be released until 2005) making it possible to play in darkness without the need for a 'worm' light. Hurray for undercover play! Hang on, that came out wrong...
Ahem. The SP's two-part flip design meant the system fit more comfortably in your pocket or bag and had its screen protected while it was in there, too. With its own in-built battery meaning you needn't lug spare AAAs around with you, the GBA SP was a beautiful upgrade and one that we at Nintendo Life have fond memories of, memories that are being rekindled just recently thanks to the addition of GBA titles to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.
So, on this Valentine's Day two decades on from the console's launch, we're reminiscing about our own personal SPecial ones — how we found them, the wonderful times we spent together in sickness and in health, the knocks we shared, the memories we cherish.