Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP System (Recharged Refurbished)
This is a beast!
This is the best handheld I have ever had. It has been in the washer and dryer 3 times and still works After ten years I had to buy a new battery for $4 that's all. You can't go wrong with this thing. Buy you or your friend one you wont be sorry.
A great system
man, if i were to get any system out there, it would be the gameboy sp. it's great cuz you get to play the gameboy, gameboy color, and gameboy advanced games on it all at once ! :D it's great if you like old school gaming ( not that old school tho) and if you like all the old pokemon or mario games, its really good. it functions great, and i had mine of about 10 years. i dropped that thing like, over 100 times as a kid, and this summer ( unfortunatly) my bro ripped it in half- but it still works. it is real sturdy, but many people say its bad cuz the game frezes alot . but it doesn't. it's just cuz they shake the gameboy too much, and the game pak just gets shuffled around. :/ but still, i would recomend it to anyone :)
bought this a few days ago because i was tired of not being able to play my original gameboy advance at night and i havent been able to put it down. brings me back to when i was a kid. i borrowed one from a friend, loved it then and i love it now. great screen display, holds a long charge and works beautifully. id highly recommend picking one up.
IF you dont have it, GET IT!!!!!
I had my GBSP for 7 years now and it works great. This handheld was made to last! There are some pretty good games for this, like all the video cards (most are cartoons), there is also all those pokemon games. Also this baby plays the old Gameboy games too!!! So if your like me and love to play your old GB games, but your GB is dead then pick this handheld up NOW!!!!
THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO!
This game system is perfect if you have a little guy at home who's interested in gaming but you really can't afford anything too top-notch (especially with the little guy's attention span). The great thing about the GameBoy Advance SP is that it not only plays GameBoy Advance games but also GameBoy Color games as well. So even if you have had a previous system, you can still upgrade and be able to play your old games. Which is a fantastic idea to me! I would definitely recommend this system to first time gamers or just anyone in generaly that doesn't want to spend $100 on a new system.
Since I have no friends, this Gameboy really helped me a lot. Ever since I dropped out of school to smoke weed, I've been really lonely so now I can drown my sorrows in games played by Japanese 10-year-olds. I am proud to say that my only real friends are video game people. If I had to say one negative thing about this device, it would be that the battery life is too short, so I have to leave the hole in my basement more often than I would like to. Other than that, it's great. I would totally recommend it to a friend if I had any.
Do NOT buy!
Don't get me wrong. The GBA SP is a fantastic handheld (though I prefer the original since I have larger hands) but these Gamestop refurbished systems are junk. First, it's not refurbished by Nintendo so its second hand parts and poor quality. Sometimes the screen is off center. Sometimes there are still cracks. The body is still scratched to no end and the screen is much lower than the original. And there's also the problem with the backlight. They do not put it in right (it's now a "frontlight") and the light washes out the colors. Also the dimmer is now an on/off switch for the light, which is really annoying. Then theres the issue of the packaging. They put it in this plastic box that can't be opened without scissors or a knife or something sharp and they also can't open it in store so you can check it out before you buy (Warranty issues or something. Company's fault, not the stores). You have to buy, open, and if you're not satisfied (which I never was) then return. And, as if all that wasn't enough, they put a lame sticker on the front, which is simply annoying. My advice would be to stray away from the Gamestop refurbished systems and try to find a used system, either at a Gamestop or elsewhere. If you can't then get one of the shoddily refurbished ones and send it in to Nintendo so they can refurbish it the right way, which they will. They refurbished my old Nintendo systems (I'm talking NES era here) a while back and they work just like new, even today.
A step up from Gameboy Color
This handheld is a step up from the Gameboy Color, although I will admit I still love playing my Gameboy Color. The Advance offers a great selection of games like Super Mario Advance, Spyro Season Of Ice, Crash/Spyro Superpack, etc. The D-pad is pretty solid on this console, although I still feel like the Gameboy Color's D-pad was better in my view. One nice thing the Advance SP has over the original Advance is the back lit screen that makes it capable of playing your games in a dark room or outside at night. This is a must have for any collector or real gamer.
I got my GBA SP about ohh... 6 or 7 years ago, lost it, found it last month and still it turned on an played with no problems. Games after 5 years still work and love them all. AMAZING SYSTEM Nintendo knew how to make a hand-held.
This system is amazing! I got one oh about ten years ago when I was a kid for christmas and NEVER put it down. I must have dropped it a hundred times and it never faultered or froze. I now have gotten the all of the Nintendo DS upgrades and though I do love my Nintendo 3DS I began to miss my old GBA games. I dug through many boxes and eventually found my GBA SP, with my favorite game, Pokemon Sapphire, still inside. Upon playing it i recalled so many childhood memories of staying up late to sneak a few more hours of Pokemon and of course all of the abuse the handheld went through and was amazed by the fact that it still worked. Nintendo can make a pretty great handheld if you ask me and I would recommend getting one to anybody.