Nintendo announces North American GBA launch details

Nintendo announces the price of the North American Game Boy Advance and reveals specific details on the handheld's launch software.


Nintendo has announced the official North American launch details for its upcoming Game Boy Advance. The 32-bit handheld will be released on June 11 for a suggested retail price of $99.95. It will ship with 15 games at launch, including such high-profile games as Super Mario Advance, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, ChuChu Rocket!, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2, Rayman, and the newly announced Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. All new Game Boy Advance game software will retail for between $29.95 and $39.95.

"There has never been a portable game system like the Game Boy Advance, and never has a game system launched into such a booming market," said Peter Main, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America. "Our existing portable system, the Game Boy Color, remains the fastest selling video game platform in America, achieving all-time sales records 11 years after introduction. The Game Boy Advance will set brand-new records."

The Game Boy Advance runs 17 times faster and displays more than 10 times as many onscreen colors as the highly successful Game Boy Color. More than 60 games will be released for the GBA by Christmas. The entire list of North American launch games for the Game Boy Advance follows.

Army Men Advance (3DO)
ChuChu Rocket! (Sega)
Dodge Ball Advance (Atlus)
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (Nintendo)
Fire Pro Wrestling (BAM)
Fortress (Majesco)
High Heat Major League Baseball 2002 (3DO)
Iridion 3-D (Majesco)
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (Majesco)
Rayman (Ubi Soft)
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 (Midway)
Super Mario Advance (Nintendo)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (Activision)
Top Gear GT Championship (Kemco)
Tweety and the Magic Jewel (Kemco)

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