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Nintendo Celebrates 20 Million GBAs in U.S.

by Jonathan Metts - February 14, 2004, 8:39 am EST
Source: Nintendo Press Release

The little juggernaut just keeps on rolling.


Nintendo's Game Boy Advance Hits 20 Million Milestone

February 13, 2004 - Selling an average of one Game Boy® Advance every second around the clock since its launch on June 11, 2001, Nintendo has hit a new record, selling 20 million Game Boy Advance systems in the United States. But just what does 20 million Game Boy Advance units mean?

It's enough to give one to every U.S. airline passenger during an average two-week travel period.

Stacked on top of each other, they would reach the orbit of the International Space Station – with enough left over to completely cover every football field in the Big Ten.

It's enough for every man, woman and child in this week's primary states of Tennessee and Virginia, as well as the entire population of Massachusetts.

Made into a pile, they would build a stack more than 55 times taller than Mount Everest.

It's enough to give one to every person watching an episode of Friends or CSI.

With the introduction of a new, limited-edition Game Boy® Advance SP silver-and-black casing, which is available now, and exciting new games like Metroid®: Zero Mission, Mario vs. Donkey Kong™, Mario Golf: Advance Tour™ and Final Fantasy®: Crystal Chronicles, designed for Nintendo GameCube™ but playable using Game Boy Advance, the momentum will continue unabated.

In 2003, Game Boy Advance was the No. 1 video game system, outselling the nearest console by 2 million units. The Game Boy Advance line got a boost after the March 23, 2003, debut of the stylish, flip-top Game Boy Advance SP. Sales in 2003 were the best in the 14-year history of the Game Boy® series. In the same year, U.S. consumers bought more than twice as many Game Boy Advance units as MP3 players, 8.1 million compared with 3.5 million. Game Boy Advance has now sold more than 50 million units worldwide.

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