Nintendo responds to GBA criticisms

Nintendo answers complaints about the display on its otherwise widely-praised Game Boy Advance machine.

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By  David Ingham Published  August 15, 2001

Nintendo has been forced to formally answer criticisms about its new ‘Game Boy Advance’ (GBA) handheld games system.

The GBA has been widely praised by reviewers for its graphical performance and the quality of its games. However, there is one small problem: the screen can be difficult, well nigh impossible, to see in artificial lighting.

In a statement posted on on August 10, the company stated: “During development, Nintendo did take a back-light for the GBA into consideration. However, if this feature had been incorporated into the system’s overall design, it would have required far more power and subsequently more batteries resulting in a vastly different machine.”

Nintendo continues: “In short, your GBA would be much more expensive to you – and also you’d be spending loads more money on new batteries all the time. So there you go – you heard it here first.”

GBA owners can buy an add-on lamp that provides the light required to see the screen. However, it’s cumbersome and costs an additional $20-30 on top of a system that retails for just over $100.

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