View Full Version : GBA - my first impressions
12-29-2001, 12:07 AM
I bought my GBA (white) in august of 2001 and was really excited about it until I actually loaded up a game and could hardly even see the screen. I had to sit directly under a light or face the screen towards one to see what I was doing. After a month or so my right shoulder button was getting stuck when I would press it, and it wasn't my fault either as my games rarely needed it to be used.
Anyway, I returned it to Kmart where I bought it on Dec 20, and they gladly took it back and let me get another one, in which case I got a see thru neon one and in my experience playing both I can say that the see thru one has a little brighter screen than the arctic white.. is it because light is penetrated into the system because of the clear plastic?.. I have no clue, but my new one works fine...
Overall impression - it should be priced at $60... not much of a leap in handheld gaming in my opinion, but don't get me wrong, I still love playing it!
12-29-2001, 03:41 AM
I thought GBA was a little dissapointing but I still like it. Some games are hard to see but it doesn't bother me that much.
12-29-2001, 03:54 AM
It is true that the screen is hard to see in many games, but I'm sure that this will be solved in games of the future. The part I hate the most is GBC games appear much dimmer on the GBA.
12-29-2001, 04:22 AM
I don't know if it is hard to see in many games but the games that I've played some are hard to see.
12-29-2001, 04:40 AM
I don't find it too hard to see at all; maybe you just need some more lighting or vitamin A; however, my girl friend thinks it was dark with Castlevania, but all the other games are fine.
I'm kinda glad they didn't back lit it, I remember how much juice my game gear took.
4 double A batteries and only 2 hours of playing. I couldn't afford that.
I love advanced wars and Castlevania, but I thought CotM needed different weapons.
Heres the product you need
01-01-2002, 01:31 AM
not much of a leap in handheld gaming in my opinion
Its a beautiful advanced SNES in your hand man... how can you sayt this? :(
01-01-2002, 09:20 AM
I don't think the lighting conditions of your house should be a factor in your review of the thing
01-01-2002, 04:32 PM
i dont worry about lighting anymore because i got a glowguard
01-01-2002, 05:41 PM
I think the lighting is fine. It's a great leap in the arena of handhelds. I love it.
01-18-2002, 07:43 PM
My gosh, it certainly is a leap! The visuals and sounds are so improved over previous handhelds. I think I was most satisfied in gaming during the SNES days, which kind of live on now on GBA. As for darkness, I have no problem seeing my games save for Castlevania, but since I so enjoyed it, the minor inconvinience of needed a powerful light source bothers me none.
01-23-2002, 10:00 AM
My GBA was fine cept i went with my friend and he got the neon one and i got the prple :( ohwell.
01-23-2002, 07:52 PM
WTF? Neon? Which one are you talking about? See-through blue? That's the one I have. I think the GBA is fine, darknes wise. I can even see COTM fairly decent with only a small light on. You guys need some prescriptions for glasses or something...
Not a huge leap? Gimme a break...It's been advanced 10x in every way compared to the GBC. Could that be why they call it the Game Boy Advance? Guess we'll never know...:rolleyes:
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