Well, well, well...it would seem that Nintendo has finally done the right thing...
FOUR VERSIONS TOO LATE!
A few years ago, I bought Robocop on DVD. I was a perfectly happy camper until the Criterion Edition was released and I learned first-hand about the heartbreak that is "double-dip". This has sadly become commonplace in the world of DVDs, but now it has come to gaming systems.
As reported by Games Marketwatch.com,:
Nintendo announced this week that it will soon release an updated version of its Game Boy Advance portable console.
The new product, to be called the Game Boy Advance SP, will carry a retail price of $99.99. It has a clamshell folding design and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, as well as an illuminated screen.
"The new model is aimed at expanding the customer base for the Game Boy Advance by providing a more settled look and lower power consumption", said a Nintendo spokesman. He also added that Nintendo was hoping to attract older gamers with the new device.
So, FINALLY Nintendo releases a lit Gameboy. Finally they design a cool-looking and even stylish product...you have got to be fucking kidding me.
Gaming development cycles have been increasingly getting longer and with the still young age of the GBA, you KNOW that this new version, this "SP", was on the drawing board at the same time as the GBA. My question is, why the hell didn't they just release the SP in lieu of the current model? After YEARS of begging for some sort of lighting scheme, why didn't Nintendo listen to its fans and deal with it back with the Game Boy Pocket (yet another suspicious "double-dip" for the product)?
On paper, the SP is identical to the GBA in terms of processing power and ability. The changes include the new "look", the front light (the screen remains the same and requires a light source from the front rather than the back), and the new "multi-port" that it supposed to consolidate the systems connectivity (what it really means is that you'll likely have to pay $5 to $10 in order to get an adapter for HEADPHONES), and some suspicious rechargeable battery scheme. Oh, and it will cost about twenty dollars more (likely MRRP of $99).
This, my friends is a problem. It sends a foggy signal that our chums in Kyoto are tying to milk every dollar they can out of us so they can just try to do it again with every update and "revision".
Here's a solution, true-believers: if you have a GBA and you need a light, buy Nyko's Worm Light. It's about ten bucks and even when added to the current price of the system (about $70) you're going to be saving about ten bucks overall. There you go, a fine little handheld system, the light you so desperately desire, and enough green to get yourself a value meal for you and a chum. Aside from that, you can feel a little smug for not falling for this farce.
Release a better system and I'll buy it. Repackage the same damned thing, and I'll write columns like this.
Therefore Nintendo, as much as it truly pains me to do this, I present to you the first-ever Golden Finger. For your lack of regard for your fans in the obvious attempt to squeeze them for every dollar that you can, might I suggest that you take this little device and and cram it...with walnuts.