Celebrating The Game Boy Micro

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The beautiful little Game Boy Micro launched 10 years ago in the UK, and I fell in love with it at first sight. Unfortunately, I was 17 years old and had just moved out of my parents’ house, so I had no money to buy one. I’ve been looking to pick one up every since, but they’re surprisingly rare in good condition.

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The Game Boy Micro - as well as looking flipping gorgeous - fixed one of the most annoying things about the original Game Boy Advance model: it had adjustable backlighting. It’s infinitely more beautiful than the Game Boy Advance SP, in my opinion, and it had some of the best ever Nintendo special editions. Behold, the NES special edition:

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Image: Arturo Martín on Flickr

I saw this in a Super Potato in Japan once for some ludicrous price, like £300. Nearly bought it anyway.

Then there was the Pokémon edition, and the Final Fantasy edition:

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Images: Arturo Martín on Flickr

Then there was the properly rare Mother 3 edition:

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Image: Megaton Walk on Tumblr

For more Game Boy Micro love, I highly recommend this amazing Flickr album by collector Arturo Martín. Long live the Game Boy Micro!

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DISCUSSION

totallymeh
Indifferent Snowman.

The Micro wasn’t a great GBA to be had, lacking backward compatibility, had a smaller screen than the others.

The GBA SP AES 101 (it’s the backlit ver vs the front lit) has a great screen that isn’t down-sized, backward compatibility all the way to regular Game Boy. It’s biggest claim is it’s the smallest and the faceplates.

Function over style in my mind but, I mean, whatever works for you, just never got the appeal of the Micro.