Game boy Advance SP vs Game Boy DS

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  1. Predakwon

    Predakwon ...Green Lantern's light!

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    I'm just looking for a system to play the classic GB Advance games like Zelda Link to the Past, Super Mario World, etc. So I was wondering if it was better for me to get a Gameboy SP or get a DS lite?

    Price is not so much an issue, more of the size, screen lighting and battery life.

    Anyone have an opinion what I should choose?
     
  2. Schide

    Schide Buyer of Too Much

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    You might as well get a DS so that if you ever see a DS game you want to play you can get it if you want. There are a lot of awesome DS games, so that's something you can look into as well.

    Price would be the only good thing about getting an SP as far as I can tell.
     
  3. flamingunicron

    flamingunicron Well-Known Member

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    Well, if price isn't an issue,

    Get the DS Lite. The sp is still smaller, but with the DS you have access to a lot more ds games, as opposed to the sp which is just limited to advance games
     
  4. Lasbrook

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    The only advantage to the SP would be the ability to play multiplayer games. The DS Lite his a better/brighter lighting method, and the ability to play DS games. It's been a while since i've had my SP but the battery life is fairly comparable i think.

    So yeah, go DS.
     
  5. jazz4ever

    jazz4ever I'm turned on by numbers

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    i say DS i have one its battery lasts quite awhile and you can also play gameboy advanced games on it and the screen has better lighting and just straight out awesome games
     
  6. EvaUnit13

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    It's Nintendo DS, not Game Boy DS [​IMG]

    Just get a DS, better features and it's not obsolete
     
  7. Valkysas

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    DS Lite is thinner than GBA SP folded up and unfolded. folded up it is smaller than the GBA SP unfolded. screen brightness and clarity is much better. battery life for playing GBA games is better too.

    but...

    DS cannot play normal GB or GBC games.

    the GBA SP can.
     
  8. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    I am in the same predicament that Predakwon is in.

    I'm either looking at a:

    Graphite GameBoy Advance SP (Graphite has the more powerful back-light)

    OR

    A DS Lite. Undecided about the color it will be.

    Can the original bulky DS play gameboy and gameboy color games? What are the differences between the original bulky DS and the new DS Lite?
     
  9. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

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    I recently picked up the 20th Anniversary Game Boy Micro and I couldn't be happier.
     
  10. EvaUnit13

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    They have the same features except that the lite has better light and is smaller, so neither of them can play game solder than GBA. The only advantage the fat has is that it's more durable
     
  11. Maverick Hunter Christian

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    Things to keep in mind, neither the DS or DS Lite can play GBA games multiplayer, nor can they play original Gameboy or Gameboy Color games, just GBA.

    If price isn't an issue: DS Lite. The Lite has as good if not better backlit screen than any iteration of the SP (I believe) and a full-charged battery should last you a good 8-10 hours.
     
  12. Predakwon

    Predakwon ...Green Lantern's light!

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    Cool! Thanks evryone for your opinions. DS Lite it is. Actually, the only reason I was considering an SP was because I saw the one that looked like an old school NES. ^_^
     
  13. Master Megatron

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    If you decide on an SP, get the one with the brighter screen. It's backlit instead of frontlit, so it's about the same as a DS lite screen.
     
  14. Maverick Hunter Christian

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    Neh, its hard to mistake an SP from a Micro. He's probably referring to the NES Classic Series GBASP which was released alongside a bunch of NES ports to the GBA. It was rather snazzy looking.

    Though, that one's screen is frontlit and couldn't compare to the brightness and clarity you'll see on a Lite.

    Plus, if you're really keen on the classic NES feel; might I suggest this:
    DS Lite Skin - Retro Lite @ DecalGirl.com

    ...to go along with your Lite?
     
  15. tikgnat

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    The DS CAN play GB and GBC games, they have to be on flash carts though (make sure you have the originals kiddies!) There is a lot of slowdown though, most obviously on GBC games. But for simple GB games (ie, Tetris) the DS can do them.

    But otherwise GB/GBC cartridges can't physically fit properly.
     
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    DS since it's better in all ways possible.

    Also, wtf is a "Game Boy DS"?
     
  17. toma

    toma eskimo in disguise

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    unless you have a bunch of old gb(c) games that you still want to play, get the ds lite. i myself have both, and i keep the sp around for that very reason. it's also the nice classic nes one, so i can't bear to part with it.
     
  18. Predakwon

    Predakwon ...Green Lantern's light!

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    Yeah, this is what I was referring to:

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Predakwon

    Predakwon ...Green Lantern's light!

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    Ok, ok NINTENDO DS, sheesh.

    Last question, how is is screen size of the DS Lite vs the GB SP?

    On GBA games on the DS , what's on the other screen? Just the title screen of the game?
     
  20. Maverick Hunter Christian

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    The DS screen is larger than the GBAs, so when playing a GBA game, there'll be small black borders around the game. On whichever screen you're not playing (you can set it to top or bottom for GBA play, based on your preference) is nothing, natta. That screen's off.
     

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