You’re Just In Time For A Game Boy Micro Unboxing

You’re Just In Time For A Game Boy Micro Unboxing

In 2005, Nintendo shut the door on the original Game Boy with the minuscule Game Boy Micro, a brilliantly engineered rectangle of compromise. It wouldn’t run original Game Boy or Game Boy colour titles — just Game Boy Advance games — but boy was it pretty. Many people hated it. I just bought a new one, and I want to share it with you.

Inspired by a young boy’s love and the prospect of pink and sparkly buttons, I finally gave in to a craving I’ve been carrying around for nearly eight years. North America’s Game Boy Micro was black or silver, with collectible face plates available for those craving customisation. In Europe and Australia they had pink. I love pink. I needed pink.

So last week I found a guy online selling an unopened pink Game Boy Micro from Europe for $150, and I exchanged currency with him. I could have purchased a used one for a great deal less, but then how would I share this special moment with you all?

What will I play on this little marvel? What games will I use to strain my ageing eyes beyond all reason? There will be Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, for one. I never finished the original, as my Game Boy Advance SP was stolen from my car with my copy in it, 40 hours in. I’ll probably pick up a little Mario, some Sonic, the two Klonoa games, and Riveria: The Promised Land. But until I find prices for those games that appeal to me, I’ll be stuck with this.

Welcome back, my little friend. You may be the incredibly limited version of the Game Boy Advance that paved the way for the age of dual-screen Nintendo handhelds, but you’ll always have a place in my pants.


  • Awwww mannn i want one!
    Although i don’t think i’d be willing to pay $150 😛

  • I have a GBA copy of DOOM laying around that I would love to play on one of these things…

  • it’s so cute! but since my DS has a GBA slot there’s no logical reason for me to have one.

  • I had one many years ago that served well throughout high school days. Bought it in Australia in 2006, pair the Micro with a flash cart and you’ve got handy convenient gaming everywhere. Easy to hide behind books and the standalone unit had great rechargeable battery life.

  • I found a Micro in a local skip (Yeah, I suck. I know) a few weeks ago that was in a small tub with water in it. Still, after the screen dried I tried it out with the battery from my other Micro, and it worked. Surprisingly, despite the original battery being fried, the thing was in immaculate condition. Not a single scratch anywhere on it. Compared to my looked-after-but-rarely-used Micro, which looks like it dropped it into a shredder a few dozen times, it looks ten times as good.

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