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E3 Impression

Game Boy Micro

05.19.2005

MATTHEW RUSSO
COMPOSER & SOUND ENGINEER
ELLIOT GUISINGER
E3 CORRESPONDANT

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Lowercase letters make it even smaller.

Aside from the unveiling of the Nintendo Revolution and the release of more information regarding the DS's wireless network, the Nintendo press conference also unveiled the Gameboy Micro, a pint-sized version of the Gameboy Advance. Luckily for interested gamers, the Gameboy Advance's tiny little brother was available at E3 for people to test drive.

As pretty much anyone might expect, the Gameboy Micro is the Gameboy Advance, only much, much smaller. Unfortunately, this also means the screen is much smaller, albeit brighter. Though I only got a few minutes with the Micro, I was able to tell that any prolongued, heavy gameplay could possibly cause some hand-cramping; it's just too small to play hard-gameplay titles like Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.

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This thing is tiny!

Aside from all that, what Nintendo says is what you get. The Micro plays all Gameboy Advance games and has all of the features that the GBA SP has, as well. One thing that may be of concern to some gamers was the extension port of the top of the system. It's different from the one on the GBA SP, which probably means that the Micro won't be able to connect to its predecessor or the GameCube. Nintendo never addressed this issue at the conference, so there's no information yet on whether the company plans to release all-new connector cables for use with the Micro.


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Console:
· Game Boy Micro

Release:
· 2005

Publisher:
· Nintendo


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