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The GBA Has Arrived!

by Billy Berghammer - March 22, 2001, 9:19 am EST

Call the cops! Louie beat the crap out of the UPS guy! It's here! First impressions and pics inside...

I woke up extra early today (8:30am which is waaaaay early in my book) in hopes of an early UPS arrival.

The door buzzer rang at around 9:30am. My package had finally arrived...

The UPS Box

The gift from the heavens!

Louie and the UPS Box

Get away damn you!

UPS Box, System, and Games

Package opened!

I'm playing first man!

Dude! I'm playing first!

The GBA Opened!

The GBA opened...

GBA Box and Ruler

Look how small the box is!

Mario Advance Box and ruler

The Mario Advance box

F-Zero Box and Ruler

F-Zero Box!


Milky Blue love! Word!

GBA and ruler

This is exactly how portable this is!

Tiny Mario Cartridge

This is SOOOOO Tiny!

R button

The newly shaped R button! Comfy!

GBA and Dew! A perfect combination!

Looks like the day's about ready to get underway!

C'mon Dude! Let's GO!

Hey, Billy! It's time to play

Power On!

Power ON!

Okay! Time for the Real Super Quick First Impressions….

I think the most amazing thing about this is how small everything is. The cartridge size especially. I’m afraid little children will lose these cartridges! But don’t let the GBA’s portability scare you. This sucker’s full of power. Portable SUPER POWER! Your head will explode! Well…not quite. But damn it’s impressive!

Graphically Mario Advance, F-Zero, and Kuru Kuru Kururin are just delicious. I’ll have full impressions of each of these games later on. Portable gaming has definitely reached the next level. I thought the GBA was amazing at Space World, but now…I’m just completely utterly blown away.

As I fired up each game with headphones on I was greeted with glorious stereo sound. The stereo separation is just fantastic! You will always want to play with headphones. It is that good.

I’ve barely had a chance to touch the surface of these games but from what I’ve played so far I’m still dumbfounded in how good this really is! It’s a portable…and it’s this good!

So do I have any complaints about the GBA yet? Not really. The only thing I really wished is that I had a worm light and a few more of the launch titles. I do wish the system was back lit. Overall it’s not that bad, but it would have been nice. I wish you and the rest of the Planet Staff were here and we had a crapload of GBA’s and link cables. I want to play Multiplayer! I also wish Louie would let me play more…but then again, I need to update too. Heheheh. No real complaints here.

There’s a GBA sitting right next to me. How could anyone complain? More updates coming soon!

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