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In praise of the GBA SP, the greatest handheld of all time

The perfect portable

The GameBoy Advance was my first console. I used 8- and 16-bit consoles briefly at friend's houses, and I had free access to first a PS1 and later a Nintendo 64 owned by a university housemate, but I never owned a console to actually call my own until the GBA. Unlike many of my peers, I feel little nostalgia towards the SNES or Megadrive, while Mario, Zelda and the rest are simply games I might play rather than sights and sounds tattooed onto my soul. But if I hear the click of a GBA SP folding shut, I go weak at the knees.

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Alec Meer


Ancient co-founder of RPS. Long gone. Now mostly writes for rather than about video games.