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How Much Does a Game Boy Advance Cost?

low costUsed Game Boy Advance: $30-$35average costUsed Game Boy Advance SP or Micro: $40-$60high costFactory-Sealed Game-Boy Advance, SP or Micro: $100-$300
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The first Game Boy Advance, often shortened to GBA, was released in the United States in June 2001. It used a 32-bit gaming system and was backward compatible with the original Game Boy and the Game Boy Color. The cartridges for the Game Boy Advance were slightly smaller than its predecessors. The Game Boy Advance games were also compatible with the Game Boy Advance SP (which was released in 2003) and the Game Boy Micro (which was released in 2005). Nintendo's current handheld console is the 3DS.

Typical costs:

  • A used Game Boy Advance purchased through an online store or a retail used video game outlet generally costs $30-$120, based on the condition, whether games and accessories are included, and whether the store or seller offers any kind of product guarantee.
  • Game Boy Advance units on online auction sites typically sell for $30-$40 for the console itself. Some Game Boy Advance units packaged with accessories and games can cost closer to $50-$60. But GBA systems sold through online auction sites often come with an "as is" caveat.
  • Game Boy Advance consoles sold through retro game stores typically costs $40-$130, depending on whether it is the original Advance, the SP version or the Micro version. Generally the SP and Micro models cost more than the original. For example, JJ Games[1] , sells GBA systems for $40-$55. Another retro gaming outlet, DK Oldies[2] sells GBA systems for $45-$130. Consoles sold through retro gaming stores, whether online or at brick-and-mortar locations, typically come with a limited-time guarantee of up to 150 days.
  • Game Boy Advance systems are available online through retailers such as Amazon, but are typically sold through third-party vendors. Some of the consoles are available "new in the box," and generally sell for $100-$300. Used GBA systems are typically sold for $40-$60, depending on whether games and accessories are also included.
What should be included:
  • Game Boy Advance consoles originally were packaged with the console itself and some instruction booklets. The Game Boy Advance SP also included a power cord for charging, but the original Advance ran on two AA batteries. The Game Boy Micro also included a power cord for charging the device.
Additional costs:
  • Game Boy Advance consoles can play Game Boy games, Game Boy Color games as well as Advance games. Most games sell for less than $5, but are typically used and include neither the box nor instructions. Some retro video game stores sell the games new, with the box and instructions included, for about the same price the items sold for originally. For example, DK Oldies sells Game Boy Advance games for $2-$50, with more popular series such as Pokémon and Super Mario costing more than less-popular games.
  • Game Boy Advance accessories, such as charging cords, GameCube connectors and game cases, typically cost less than $10 for used items. New items are harder to find, but often cost less than $20.
  • Some Game Boy Advance accessories can still be found at traditional retailers. For example, Walmart stocks a Game Boy Advance[3] magnifying screens for slightly less than $8.
  • Used game stores such as GameStop allow customers to trade in unwanted games for store credit on future purchases or cash. Typically, the store credit choice nets a higher return on trade-ins.
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