Nintendo has officially announced a worldwide price reduction for the Game Boy Advance, lowering the price of the handheld to $79.95. The company revealed that the price drop is the result of efficiency in the manufacturing process and a reduction in overall production costs. The Game Boy Advance was responsible for 20 percent of all hardware sales in 2001, selling more than 5 million units.
There will be 200 games released for the Game Boy Advance this year, including the first set of games that are compatible with the GBA-to-GameCube link cable, such as Sonic Advance, which is compatible with the GameCube version of Sonic Adventure 2. Sonic Advance is scheduled for release in February.