Gaming History 101

Know Your Roots

Day 11

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On the eleventh day of Christmas my memories gave to me…

11 Different Gameboy Advance Colors!

Gameboy Advance (GBA) was not the first console to offer multiple colors.  In fact, it wasn’t even the first Nintendo or even Gameboy console to do so, but it definitely was the first to push variety.  Releasing with seven initial colors, the GBA created the first Christmas where it wasn’t just about getting the right portable for your child, but also the right color.  Of course the really popular ones, fuchsia and arctic come to mind, were the first to sell out and the most common, indigo, was the only color left in every retail outlet.  Not only did they feature various normal colors, but limited edition colors were offered worldwide, creating a high demand to grab all the various rare (and expensive) GBAs for collectors.

I’d love to say that I’m not guilty of this, but back in 2001 when I went out to purchase a GBA with my Christmas money I hunted at a bunch of stores and didn’t buy the portable for 2 weeks because I didn’t like any of the colors I found.  My heart was set on the midnight blue color, which I later discovered was only available at Toys R Us and had its horrendous logo above the screen.  I quickly settled for one in glacier, but not before finally finding a midnight blue – in hindsight I probably could have made some money re-selling that thing.

I still think fondly on those times, despite the fact that the GBA would start the trend of console iterations – the GBA SP being such an improvement over the original I couldn’t help but pick it up as well.  Anytime I go to a used game store I always browse the GBA consoles for that random shot I could get my hands on the limited Japanese clear orange or spice colors.  I think it was the only console cycle where I never had to hunt for a specific game but I always had to hunt for a specific colored console.

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Written by Fred Rojas

December 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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