Game Boy Micro now 200% worthless, SP upgraded

Yep, it's possible. The SP is being released with a new, backlit screen. Here's where the rumors started, and multiple stores have begun getting them in, but only with the two new colors. The comments say it's a hoax, but it's confirmed. They'll be leaking out this week.

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That photo on IGN with the old SP, new SP, and Micro sure is telling. Who in their right mind would want to buy a Micro now - I mean besides the fact that it is too small for even a five year old to use.

Did Nintendo just shoot themselves in the foot? I wonder why this new SP came out right on the heels of the Micro.

Who in their right mind would want to buy a Micro now

Overly dedicated fanboys who believe Nintendo can do no wrong, even when they're being misled and ripped off.

If I was dumb enough to buy a Micro in the first place, and they pulled this, they'd be bombarded with e-mails right now.

LKM:

I'll get a Micro eventually. I don't usually take the DS with me when I'm not carrying a backpack. I own a GBA SP, but it's the Zelda one, and I don't want to scratch it (no, I'm serious. It's my precious... PRECIOUS!!!)

The Micro is perfect if you want to just stuff it into your pockets and not worry about it. With the faceplates covering the screen, you don't even need a case to put it in.

It costs too much right now, but eventually, the price will come down and I'll get one.

Don't forget: people pay for small. When the iPod mini came out, everyone was going on and on about how you could pay 50 bucks more and have 10 times the capacity (or whatever it was). Guess what? People bought the mini anyway.

Being small is a feature, and a very important one, especially for people who actually have to go to work and sit in the train or underground or bus for an hour each day.

I agree people pay for small. But unlike the iPod mini hit, you weren't losing the ability to play certain music. With the Micro, you can't play classic GB games. With the SP featuring a new "brighter" screen, it completely eliminates the need for the Micro. Given the size of the SP, which is hardly big, there really is no reason for the Micro.

This is exactly why the new SP leaked out without an announcement.

LKM:
But unlike the iPod mini hit, you weren't losing the ability to play certain music. With the Micro, you can't play classic GB games.

I have a huge box of GB games, but I can't remember the last time I played one of them. I did play Link's Awakening on my N-Gage, but that was using an emulator, obviously. And I only played it because I have fond memories of playing it back when it came out. Most people won't care at this point, there are so many GBA games. Backwards compatibility was a huge plus when Nintendo introduced the GBA. It's still a plus, but not so huge anymore.


With the SP featuring a new "brighter" screen, it completely eliminates the need for the Micro. Given the size of the SP, which is hardly big, there really is no reason for the Micro.

I constantly carry my cell phone with me. I don't even notice it anymore. It's half as big as a GBA SP. I sometimes carry my SP in my trouser pockets. Unlike my cell phone, it's very noticeable. I doubt most people like to cary something the size of the SP with them, it's simply not comfortable. It's doable. But the micro is in an entirely different league. The micro is so small that you probably won't notice it anymore, like a cell phone.

I guess only time can tell whether people want something with the form factor of the micro. I'm guessing they do.

So far, sales numbers have shown that the Micro is flying off shelves. I also read that in Japan the Micro is not cutting into the GBA SP or DS sales either.

I would have agreed with you LKM before I got to hold a Micro. But since I have played a few of my favorite GBA games on it, I do not consider the Micro very comfortable to play. I would rather sacrifice the form factor of GBA SP so I am comfortable playing the GBA games. The Micro's screen is way too small, and the size and placement of the buttons are way to small for my hands, and this is only due to the small body of the Micro.

But it is selling because it is size, as you said, it sells because it is small. Really small.

The incompatibility with the non-GBA software is, I think, a non issue. The GBA has been out long enough, and the software library is so large at this point that it doesn't matter. Collectors will keep a GBA SP so they can play the old games, and they will get a Micro too.

LKM:
But since I have played a few of my favorite GBA games on it, I do not consider the Micro very comfortable to play.

I haven't played with one yet, but I believe you. It doesn't seem too comfortable. However, the Micro isn't supposed to be the console you play for hours at a time. Most people will probably play it for about 30 minutes, twice a day - when going to work and when coming home from work.

The small screen may be an issue, though.

I will be honest. I was really hyped about it (because of its size) until I held one in my hands. It is SMALL, i'll give it that!

Alright, the micro will be bought for it's size. It's somewhat like the powerglove for the NES, or that really crazy looking black rumble pack you put on your chest that was made for fighting games on the SNES, it was supposed to let you feel the punches and kicks!!!1111!!11oneone. all it did was make me lose feeling in my chest.

People will buy because it's somthing else to have. you can brag to your friends that you've got a really small GBA. "Look guys! Aint it cool?" The smallness is what sells it. As for gameplay, the smallness really would ruin it. I mean, the GB gave you plenty of room for your hands and fingers. the GBC and pocket really cramped your hands up after awhile. This isnt much different, cept the screen is in the center of the unit. which makes this thing damn near impossible to carry, use, and hold.

It's a design that was meant more for novelty than anything else. Like the powerglove, this will be another really useless item developed solely for the purpose of sparking the intrest of someone that likes strange and new things.

Think of it this way, Things that are strange and new sell. which is probably one of the reasons for the revolution's controller design and the console's shape. It's strange, unusual, and something new to play with.

I know I want to try that nunchuk controller for First person shooters, and if it's half as good as they say it is, it's definitly worth buying..
it's really gunna suck because there will be virtually no ports to revolution, unless they make an alternate control setup.

LKM:

So. I bought a Micro. Alright, I'm a sucker for small shiny things. But still. I like it.

First of all, it really *is* pretty damn small. It's smaller than any of my cell phones. It's also shiny. And green. And pretty. But I digress.

It's not particularly comfortable to hold the micro, but to my own surprise, it didn't hurt even after almost an hour of Super Mario 3. I didn't really mind that you could trigger L and R by pushing the corners - my hands are too large to touch the corners, anyway. The screen is very small, but also very clear and bright. No problem there either.

I like it. Yeah, it costs too much. Yeah, it's probably too small to play comfortably for hours. But it's the perfect console to always keep in your pocket. Which is what I'll do.

The only thing I don't like is that you can't hook it up to the Cube. Otherwise, I would have bought four of them as controllers for Zelda and Crystal Chronicles.

Oh, and the european version only comes with one face plate and no way to get new ones. What's up with that?

Neko10:

he updated GBA SP's screen is now on par with the Game Boy Micro, at least in brightness and clarity. But it's not perfect -- the refresh rate is a tad slower than the classic GBA SP and Game Boy Micro screen, so there's an ever so subtle "blur" when objects move or the screen scrolls. The color saturation is also a little stronger -- reds are particularly more powerful on this screen than in GBA past. But the trade-off is well worth it, and the updated screen makes SP gaming far more enjoyable, both in low and high lit situations.

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