Game Boy Advance predecessor

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The Game Boy Advance predecessor as shown at GDC 2009, compared in size to a Nintendo DS Lite.

The "Game Boy Advance predecessor" was a handheld game console intended to be the successor to the Game Boy. According to Masato Kuwahara, the system was in development around 1995, and was intended to launch before the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1]

While the device uses a similar form factor to the original Game Boy, it also features two additional face buttons, similar to the layout of a SNES Controller. The hardware would have featured a color LCD screen, and used a 32-bit ARM7 CPU.[1] However, the large size of the device led to it being cancelled, as the developers could not make the system small enough to fit in one's pocket.[1] Kuwahara also stated that the ARM7 was inefficient, leading to performance issues.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 GDC: Nintendo Reveals 1,000 Point DSiWare Promotion, New Game for the U.S., DSi Secrets. Gamasutra (March 25, 2009). Retrieved January 6, 2017.

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