Game Boy Advance

Game Boy Advance

There are many ways to play Game Boy Advance games, both through portable systems and on a TV or monitor. The best choice for playing GBA games on a portable device is the AGS-101 model, which includes a backlit screen (shown on the right below), or a Nintendo DS Lite.  Please read on to find out more info:

                                                                                               Different GBA Versions

Nintendo released four different versions of the GBA, each with it’s own variation of colors. The GBA SP model AGS-101 is by far the best, due to it’s backlit screen. This page shows all Game Boy versions.

                                                                                                               GBA Via GameCube

There is a GameCube adapter called the Game Boy Player that allows GBA games (as well as GB and GBC) to be played on a TV or RGB monitor.

GBA Cartridges on a Display 

This page compares the output quality of all the different ways to display GBA cartridges on your TV or monitor.


GBA on Wii U

This page compares GBA games on the Wii U’s Virtual Console, to other methods of playing those games on a display.

GBA TV-Out Mod 

Original Game Boy Advance systems (not the GBA SP) support video-output via a 3rd party adapter and some labor-intensive modifications. This adapter can also be modded for RGB-output.

Super Retro Advance

This adapter allows you to play GBA games on a SNES…but it has its own separatecomposite video output.

To summarize:

– GBA Fans should own the AGS-101 model. The backlit screen makes it so superior to the others, that it almost seems like a totally different system. Using a Nintendo DS Lite is also a great choice, however that system isn’t compatible with GB or GBC games.

– If you’d like to play GBA games on a TV or RGB monitor, the Wii U’s Virtual Console produces the best picture quality.

– If you want to play the original cartriges on a TV or RGB monitor, check out the GBA cartridges on a display section and decide which methods fits your needs best.

If you’d like info on mods for other systems, head to the Getting RGB From Each System page or check out the main page for more retro-awesomeness