Game Boy Advance SP Frequently Asked Questions

(This information only applies to the Game Boy Advance. For information on other Nintendo products, such as Game Boy micro and Game Boy Advance, click here and select the system you have questions about.)


  • What are the differences between the Game Boy Advance and the Game Boy Advance SP?

    Internally, the two systems are essentially the same. The main differences are:

    • The Game Boy Advance SP is much smaller, and has a flip-up screen.
    • The screen on the Game Boy Advance SP is lit.
    • There is a rechargeable battery in the Game Boy Advance SP.

  • How does the Game Boy Advance SP interact with the Nintendo GameCube?

    In specially-designed Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance games, the Game Boy Advance SP can be connected to the Nintendo GameCube with the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Link Cable. Doing so can allow the two systems to exchange data, enable cooperative two-player play, or provide other special functions.

    For example, players with a copy of Metroid Fusion for the Game Boy Advance can use the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable, and connect to Metroid Prime on the Nintendo GameCube. Doing so will unlock special featues and bonuses.

    This feature is only available with specially designed Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance games. The Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance software packaging will indicate if this feature is available. Please note that the Game Boy Advance does not work with Nintendo GameCube unless the game developer has specifically integrated this feature into their game.

    For more information on connecting your systems with the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Link Cable, please link here.

    The Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Link Cable is available through our Online Store, or by calling our Consumer Service Department at 1-800-255-3700.

    If you would like to play Game Boy games on your TV, you may be interested in the Game Boy Player. This device attaches to the bottom of your Nintendo GameCube and allows you to play almost any Game Boy game ever made, on your TV! For more information on this product, please visit www.gameboyplayer.com.

  • Which Game Boy accessories will work with the Game Boy Advance SP?

    The following Game Boy and Game Boy Color accessories are compatible with the Game Boy Advance SP:

    • e-Reader
    • Game Boy Advance Link Cable (for Game Boy Advance multi-player games)
    • Game Boy Cleaning Kit
    • Game Boy Camera (no longer sold)
    • Game Boy Printer (no longer sold)
    • Izek Sewing Machine (no longer sold)
    • Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable
    • SongPro Player
    • Stereo Headphones (Headphone Adapter required)
    • Universal Game Link Cable (for multi-player games made for the Original Game Boy and Game Boy Color)
    • Universal Game Link Cable Adapter

    When purchasing an accessory for your Game Boy Advance SP, be sure to look for Nintendo's Official Seal of Quality. This seal is your assurance that the product meets Nintendo's quality assurance guidelines. Unlicensed products are not recommended for use with Nintendo systems.

  • What does "SP" stand for?

    It stands for special. Though the performance is exactly the same as that of the original Game Boy Advance, the Game Boy Advance SP has a flashier design and an internal light. It's like adding in leather seats and a sun roof when you buy a car--they're extra features that are fun to have, but the basic machine is the same. Both models offer outstanding game play value for all players, and both play the same library of over 400 titles.