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Game Boy Micro Announced

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the it's-so-teeny! dept.

Portables (Games) 96

The Nintendo press conference this afternoon revealed the new Game Boy Advanced format: the Game boy Micro. The new handheld will play all GBA titles, and is only slightly larger than an iPod. From the article: "The sporty, silver metal Game Boy Micro measures a mere 4 inches wide, 2 inches tall and 0.7 inches deep, allowing it to sit comfortably alongside today's hippest technological gadgets. It weighs an astonishing 2.8 ounces, or about the weight of 80 paper clips. Yet Game Boy Micro has the same processing power and plays the same games as Game Boy Advance SP models, complete with standard face controls and gleaming shoulder and Start/Select buttons that literally shine." Photo available from the AP.

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Tiny goodness (4, Interesting)

M.C. Hampster (541262) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557303)


Very nice. Although, that screen is obviously tiny. It's about 2/3rds the width of the cartriadge. They did say it was the best screen they've put on a handheld though.

If it's cheap enough, I'll probably pick one up.

Re:Tiny goodness (2, Interesting)

vistic (556838) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557373)

Well they can't put a huge screen on a tiny device.

I think it certainly does look pretty cool though. It really is a radical new look for anything Nintendo... I don't think they've ever made anything metal before. Usually it was all plastic. This looks more like an accessory people carry around at all times, rather than just another kid's toy.

good job Nintendo.

Re:Tiny goodness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12558629)

"I don't think they've ever made anything metal before" ..except for the 80's when all of their handheld games were metal. Kids these days!

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

vistic (556838) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559281)

I have a Donkey Kong Game and Watch... it flips open and theres a screen on the top and the bottom. It's made of orange plastic... but it has a sticker on the outside that looks sort of metallic and reflective.

Which ones are you thinking of? Or are you talking about the Game and Watch series, and the one I have is an exception?

Hmmm... I remember having the Zelda wristwatch in 3rd grade... I wish I still had it... quite fun.

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

acxr is wasted (653126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12564106)

Waaaahhh... Someone stole my Zelda watch in the 3rd grade. Totally cool, it was. God help the culprit, if I ever find him.

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

spacepirate09 (867786) | more than 9 years ago | (#12562508)

The screen is actually the same size as current GBA screens. The Game Boy Micro is just a retooled GBA that looks a lot cooler. It also has rechargeable batteries.

Re:Tiny goodness (2, Informative)

Yorrike (322502) | more than 9 years ago | (#12564135)

Sorry, but you're wrong on the screen size. Currently, a GBA cartridge can fit comfortably inside the dimensions of a GBA or GBA SP screen. If you take a look at the micro pics, you'll see the screen is smaller than the width of the cartridge, and therefore, smaller than the current GBA's screen.

And the GBA SP has a rechargable battery, so that's nothing new.

Re:Tiny goodness (2, Insightful)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557469)

The price is going to be very important in determining if this will be successful or not. Very interesting to see Nintendo offering multiple levels of portable gaming: Micro, Gameboy, and DS.

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

yanos (633109) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557754)

I've seen the conference, and from what I understood it actualy is a GBA in a new form factor. So the screen should be the same as a regular GBA.

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

yanos (633109) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557946)

nevermind. The screen is in fact the same resolution of the gba, but quite smaller.

Re:Tiny goodness (2, Informative)

rsmith-mac (639075) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559582)

2" diagonal to be precise, so it's very small.

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

FCAdcock (531678) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558404)

Why would you want to buy one of these when the DS is just a few bucks more probably, and can play all of the same games plus the DS games.

The origional Gameboy came out when I was probably about 5 or 6, and I played the heck out of that thing with it's monochrome display, and loved it. It ate batteries like they were cheaper than dirt.

When the DS came out I bought one in the first week. The DS games so far are total crap (I mean you Star Wars III! You let me down big!), but the fact that I can plug in my GBA games and romp on them all day has made it worth the extra money.

I'm sure there will be good DS games that come out eventually, and when they do I'll be glad I have the DS that can play both.

(Just a rant, but Super Mario Bros. III for GBA is too freakin expensive. I payed $25.00 for one yesterday at a used shop. Doom II and Zelda: Link to the Past only cost 6 bucks each...)

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

M.C. Hampster (541262) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558521)


I already have a DS. This thing is a lot more portable than the DS. I could slide that thing in my pocket and take it with me for a quick game.

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

damsa (840364) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559395)

Maybe these are the same people that are waiting for the MicroDs. The DS although nice machines. Is rather large.

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

DavidLeblond (267211) | more than 9 years ago | (#12561632)

The micro DS would be good, unfortunately the screen would be probably about the size of the stylus tip making Wario Ware Touched extremely easy.

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559821)

Maybe size, price, and battery life. I'm guessing this thing will be about $50.

Re:Tiny goodness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12563377)

That's "paid", not "payed". Now go get layed.

Re:Tiny goodness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12567280)

"Why would you want to buy one of these when the DS is just a few bucks more probably, and can play all of the same games plus the DS games."

I'm assuming it's for people who *really* like their optometrist visits.

Re:Tiny goodness (1)

pnice (753704) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558742)

New for the Nintendo Gameboy Advance:

The Hunt: Rise of the Cartriadge!!

Too tiny? (1)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557339)

I was all ready to post how they're concentrating too hard on making the devices small, and they should spend more time working on design and layout and games.

Then I saw the picture of the little guy. /me want!

Going Out on a Limb Here... (2, Informative)

GTRacer (234395) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557351)

The people who think an SP is just too bulky and clamor for the Micro probably live in a standard Xbox controller, right?

Seriously, for me, the SP is about as small as I can stand handgrip-wise. I know this Micro returns to the GBA formfactor, but why? The SP seems to be the right balance of size, heft, and comfort. And screen visibility/legibility.

GTRacer
- What's in your wallet?

Amen! (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557424)

The SP is probably one of the most perfect pieces of production design I've ever held. It is beautiful and practical and the right size and everything. This micro looks like it's got DS's problem of buttons too close to the edge. Of course, there's nothing but edge to put them on.

Re:Amen! (1)

Destoo (530123) | more than 9 years ago | (#12562009)


My right shoulder button keeps jamming.

I know how to fix it temporarily but it keeps jamming after a while.
I think the metal rod in there is bent.

Anyone got a rod to sell?

Re:Amen! (1)

Bobsledboy (836872) | more than 9 years ago | (#12565894)

Anyone got a rod to sell? There are some things I'd never wished to hear, that my friend was one of them.

Re:Going Out on a Limb Here... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12557973)

I am a rock star, therefore I wear tight jeans. However, sometimes I need a break from the rocking. All of my problems have been solved.

-Jimmy Page

Re:Going Out on a Limb Here... (1)

Enrico Pulatzo (536675) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558095)

While I think the SP is quite good, I do find myself wishing it had bigger buttons and d-pad. That being said, the micro probably uses the same size or even smaller buttons, but it still looks beautiful.

Re:Going Out on a Limb Here... (1)

barawn (25691) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559331)

I know this Micro returns to the GBA formfactor, but why?

Geh! I hate the SP formfactor. It cramps your hands at an odd angle. Just hold a SP, and look at your wrists. Now hold a GBA, and look at your wrists. The GBA formfactor is much, much more natural for your hands. My mother-in-law, who's a Tetris addict with arthritis, can confirm this as well.

I've been hoping that they'd release another GBA with the original GBA formfactor, but with an improved screen and hopefully equivalent battery life to the original GBA. Man, that'd make me happy. Screen size is no big deal - just move it an inch or two closer and it looks exactly the same. Resolution is all that matters.

Re:Going Out on a Limb Here... (2, Informative)

IpalindromeI (515070) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559789)

At first I also thought the wrist position you needed to maintain for a good viewing angle on the SP was awkward. But then I realized that if you tilt the screen a bit more, it snaps softly into a position that transforms it from an acute angle into a slightly obtuse angle. This actually makes it easier to hold than the GBA, in my opinion, because you can position your wrists almost naturally.

In case my explanation is failing, here's an attempt at ASCII art to display the idea:

Crappy Good
\ <- screen \ <- screen
\_____ \
|
|

Re:Going Out on a Limb Here... (1)

Destoo (530123) | more than 9 years ago | (#12562052)

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!
(can't mod, posted in this discussion)

Thank you again for spotting that out. It will take a bit of getting used to this new position, but my wrists are happy.

now I just need to solve my right should button problem permanently... Keeps sticking, I think the rod is bent.

Re:Going Out on a Limb Here... (1)

supabeast! (84658) | more than 9 years ago | (#12560020)

I agree - the micro is just too damned small to be comfortable for adults, and kids will never stop losing them. It reminds me of those thumb-sized phones Nokia used to make, which were eventually dropped because they were too small for mainstream consumers.

Re:Going Out on a Limb Here... (1)

bynary (827120) | more than 9 years ago | (#12566029)

Have you held one yet? How do you know it's too small to be comfortable?

Re:Going Out on a Limb Here... (1)

Ghost_MH (677894) | more than 9 years ago | (#12562478)

I think you completely missed the point here. This is not a GameBoy for big time gamers...All of them already have their pockets filled with a DS and PSP. This is a pure vanity purchase...This is for the people that would rather use their money on a minuscule iPod mini rather than spend the few extra bucks on its bigger brother. That's really all their is to it...Something that'll fit inside your pocket next to your tiny MP3 player or in a purse.

Re:Going Out on a Limb Here... (2, Insightful)

FriedTurkey (761642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12566375)

Plus the SP covers the screen when you carry it around so it doesn't get scratched up.

Best gameboy (1, Troll)

mnmn (145599) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557355)

Never bought one, although I think I'll buy this one. It smacks of the original donkey kong nintendo devices.... just what people will buy for a quick game, not a game-console on the run (running fast games, running hot and shutting down after what 4 hours of play).

Now if this thing can do wireless multiplayer, and if I can play DOOM and quake on it, and maybe the atari2600 games, I'm all set.

Re:Best gameboy (2, Informative)

Dwedit (232252) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557441)

Doom is available, not quake. A set of emulated Atari 2600 games are also available.
You can buy a Majesco Wireless Link cable for GBA, it's not Wi-fi though.

Re:Best gameboy (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557487)

I don't know if this thing has the port on it for multiplayer. And besides, the wireless adapter requires a flat surface and the micro seems curved.

Re:Best gameboy (1)

Fred Or Alive (738779) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557600)

Never bought one, although I think I'll buy this one. It smacks of the original donkey kong nintendo devices.... just what people will buy for a quick game, not a game-console on the run (running fast games, running hot and shutting down after what 4 hours of play).



In which case get WarioWare, the very epitomie of a "quick game on the run". The GBA does have a fairly good library, although quite a bit of it is old SNES ports.



Now if this thing can do wireless multiplayer, and if I can play DOOM and quake on it, and maybe the atari2600 games, I'm all set.



Yes, with an adaptor (not sure if it's compatible with this new model), but not with GBA Doom (wired, cart per player multiplayer only AFAIK), and there isn't GBA Quake (not enough horsepower). Atari2600 games are probably availible via a flash cart, but I wouldn't know about them, I'm just a kid. ;-)



Quake (or perhaps Quake II) would be great on the DS or PSP with wireless multiplayer though, although you'd have to tweak the controls a bit. I hearby copyright, patent, bagseye and trademark that idea across every universe, including fictional ones.

Re:Best gameboy (1)

jkeyes (243984) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558076)

Actually Majesco released a device that uses wireless and can be put on the gamelink port so if you and your friend both have one then you can do wireless on any gamelink game. Although I haven't used it so I can't attest to the quality.

Re:Best gameboy (2, Interesting)

rebe01 (665657) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559909)

The largest official collection of Atari2600 games can be found in the Aspyr Activision Anthology [amazon.com] . It contains about 52 Atari 2600 games, some of which are prototypes that were never released. The cartridge also contains the box art and manual for every single game, and many of them are multiplayer. There is also a score board, which keeps track of all of your high scores, and you can also earn patches (like you used to be able to in real life) for getting certain high scores in the games. I own this collection, and i've spent more time with it than with any other GBA title out there.

Re:Best gameboy (0)

pnice (753704) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558649)

I think the DS most resembles my first Nintendo gaming experience. Good old Green House. Flip-open, dual screens...I remember begging my grandfather to get one for me and it was one of those specialty type stores (like Sharper Image) and it cost something like $100 bucks. I know it was expensive.

I actually found a picture of one on ebay.http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem &category=4315&item=8192367349&rd=1&ssPageName=WDV W [ebay.com]

Where is the key-ring? (1)

pretentiousPPC (618549) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557468)

Cute little guy is just about small enough to be placed on a keychain.

If the price is right I'll be picking one up.

Re:Where is the key-ring? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12557667)

They really SHOULD be making an old Game Boy nano (GameBoy classic/color only), as keychain... but put flash memory on it and a USB connection - download game files/roms to it)

A keychain that's also a real GB/GBC... That's sell like crazy, if only for the novelty of it.

Re:Where is the key-ring? (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 9 years ago | (#12566059)

Wouldn't even be hard, it's just Nintendo won't like the idea due to IP protection...

Not that it stopped anyone from making the NES-on-a-Chip...

So, anyone up to a GBC-on-a-chip?

Nintendo site dead. What year are we in? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12557476)

How can this still happen at product launches? It's pathetic that these companies can't forsee the increased hits they're going to receive, and plan in consequence. It makes them look so bad.

COME ON, get with it already!

front page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12557501)

Now this is news for nerds that should be hitting the front page...new portable gaming system that no one saw coming...

Micro announced??? (2, Interesting)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557525)

Who cares?
Electroplankton [nintendo.com] is being released stateside!

Re:Micro announced??? (1)

pat_trick (218868) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558759)

Wooo-hooo!

I played this in Japan when I was on vacation two weeks ago, and boy does it rock.

Re:Micro announced??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12559075)

you can poke, rub, and draw on the touch screen to stimulate odd aquatic creatures and create your own music.

umm... so has an anime sex game come out for the DS yet? i, uh, am asking for a friend of mine...

Re:Micro announced??? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12560158)

Tecmo's Team Ninja is working on a DS title. So in short: Yes.

Too Tiny! (2, Insightful)

ArielMT (757715) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557578)

This reminds me of the Sony Watchman and all the other micro TV sets when they hit the market en force. (I remember an episode of Home Improvement, I think it was, where something happened to the great room TV, and everyone tried watching football on a screen this small... With a magnifying glass, no less.)

If you don't need glasses yet, I'd wager that the eye strain from trying to play this thing will make you need a pair right quick.

Holster? (1)

FourStarGeneral (851478) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557618)

Yeah, it's small, but does it come with a belt clip/holster? How about a fanny-pack style case to carry the unit and games in?

Otherwise, what's the point of making it so small?

Re:Holster? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12557894)

It's small enough that a slight static buildup will keep it affixed to most rough surfaces.

Re:Holster? (1)

CoffeeJedi (90936) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558001)

How about a fanny-pack style case to carry the unit and games in?

yeah...... *crickets chirping*
and you'd... wear this in public? i seeeeeee.......
*snicker*
no no! it sounds like a good idea! uh, stylin! yeah.....

Re:Holster? (1)

pnice (753704) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558696)

...is this a joke? It's so small so it can fit in your pocket. Yeah, you knew that already.

Nice (2, Informative)

rAiNsT0rm (877553) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557687)

Now if it is priced low enough and the release a NES controller faceplate it's mine. Very nice design and idea, I just wish they could get the technology down to $49.99 because too many bought a GBA, then a GBA SP, now this. Or even a trade in system as before would be nice.

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12558765)

A lot of game stores like EB Games and GameStop have trade-in programs. Bring in a working GBA and get an SP for $59 instead of $79 or $79 instead of $99. I'd imagine they'll do something similar. No, it's not and official trade-in program from Nintendo but it is cheaper than paying full price.

SH

Re:Nice (1)

rAiNsT0rm (877553) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559349)

Absolutely, this is exactly what I was talking about. I should have worded it better, I didn't expect Nintendo to offer this, but I don't think EB would be able to move the original GBA's now so they may have no incentive.

Is it just me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12557950)

Or does that look very much the the old NES controller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Nescontroller.j pg [wikipedia.org]

Re:Is it just me (1)

706GL (172709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12560185)

Actualy it kinda reminded me of a "Game and Watch".

iPod Mini (5, Informative)

Ionizer7 (814098) | more than 9 years ago | (#12557963)

The submitter said it is slightly larger than an iPod, I believe it should say "slightly larger than the iPod Mini"

Re:iPod Mini (1)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558904)

Warning - do not eat Game Boy Micro.

Re:iPod Mini (1)

Rethcir (680121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12563631)

Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children should avoid prolonged exposure to Game Boy Micro. Caution: Game Boy Micro may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds. Game Boy Micro contains a liquid core, which if exposed due to rupture should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at. Do not use Game Boy Micro on concrete. Discontinue use of Game Boy Micro if any of the following occurs: * Itching * Vertigo * Dizziness * Tingling in extremities * Loss of balance or coordination * Slurred speech * Temporary blindness * Profuse Sweating or * Heart palpitations If Game Boy Micro begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head. Game Boy Micro may stick to certain types of skin. When not in use, Game Boy Micro should be returned to its special container and kept under refrigeration. Failure to do so relieves the makers of Game Boy Micro, Wacky Products Incorporated, and its parent company, Global Chemical Unlimited, of any and all liability. Ingredients of Game Boy Micro include an unknown glowing substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space. Game Boy Micro has been shipped to our troops in Saudi Arabia and is also being dropped by our warplanes on Iraq. Do not taunt Game Boy Micro. Game Boy Micro comes with a lifetime guarantee. (announcer) Game Boy Micro! Accept no substitutes!

Re:iPod Mini (1)

bynary (827120) | more than 9 years ago | (#12566082)

Except that was said in connection with the iPod Shuffle not the Mini. The Mini really isn't that small. This thing is not going to be microscopic, just small.

iPod Shuffle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12562232)

AFAIK the specs I read are 4"x2"x.8". Doesn't that make it slightly smaller than the iPod mini? So I believe it should say "slightly larger than the iPod Shuffle.

Re:iPod Shuffle (1)

Ghost_MH (677894) | more than 9 years ago | (#12562499)

That's about right...Though I hear it's closer to 4"x2"x0.7"...Yeah, I know, I'm splitting hairs there, but that's what I read.

It's not really new, is it? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12557998)

The article doesn't actually say anything about a new game format or anything. Are we to assume that this tiny thing is simply a new exterior for the same GBA cartridges?

I would say I'm not excited about it (and based on the appearance I'm NOT excited), but I suppose they upped the format with DS so they can't be expected to release a new cartridge system for the Game Boy line too. And after all, the original Game Boy cartridges lasted through the original, pocket, and color. GBA has already had the horizontal one, the SP, and now the Micro (and to a lesser degree the DS), so maybe the next design for a Game Boy that comes out will pack a new cartridge design too.

I know I'm going to end up buying one (for my coffee table display case with all iterations of Game Boy in it), but my hands get cramped enough on the SP that I can't imagine anything smaller or thinner than that. I'm glad they're going back to the horizontal design though, it might take some of the pain out of it.

Re:It's not really new, is it? (1)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558371)

The article doesn't actually say anything about a new game format or anything. Are we to assume that this tiny thing is simply a new exterior for the same GBA cartridges?

I think this line from the article sums it up pretty clearly: "Yet Game Boy Micro has the same processing power and plays the same games as Game Boy Advance SP models..."

Re:It's not really new, is it? (4, Informative)

barawn (25691) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559527)

but my hands get cramped enough on the SP that I can't imagine anything smaller or thinner than that.

GB Micro: 4" wide, 0.7" thick
GBA SP: 3.2" wide, ~0.9" thick

It's not smaller, as far as your hands are concerned. It's wider. A little thinner, but really not much (maybe not even, I'm not sure those numbers are the 'unfolded' numbers). Smaller than the original GBA's 5.7", but still wider than the GBA SP.

Just in case there was any question... (2, Interesting)

Txiasaeia (581598) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558089)

...from the press release: "Game Boy Micro represents the latest evolution in the image of the Game Boy Advance line, but it is not a successor to any current system."

All I have to say is THANK GOODNESS. I love my SP, and have no problems if other people want to buy this Micro, but I'm extremely glad that this isn't the GBA's successor. The entire reason I love my GBA SP is because of the clamshell design - my GB, GBC, and GBA all had their screens scratched to hell because of the open design.

Having said that, now that they're milking the GBA design for all it's worth & expanding the line with GBA v3, it's going to be a very long time before we get the GBA's successor, innit?

Re:Just in case there was any question... (1)

Minced (871651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558195)

I am just waiting for what Nintendo is developing for their true next portable...whatever it is...they won't disappoint I'm sure.

I donno about y'all (1, Flamebait)

Lally Singh (3427) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558436)

But I think it looks like complete ass.

Re:I donno about y'all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12562717)

I then submit, my friend, that you must have a strange-looking ass. ;-)

If only, (0)

Captain Rotundo (165816) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558443)

It had a hard disk and could play music. I usually am not a fan of the product that fills multiple roles, but that would be very nice :)

If wishes were fax0rs, call in the... (1)

Antisquark (872405) | more than 9 years ago | (#12568363)

That sounds like a fun project- create a "cartridge" for the SP that is actually a programmable music holder with built-in playback.
Instead of a game, it's a music repository with software interface through the SP.

Get to it!

why? (2, Insightful)

solidsnake5014 (850122) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558575)

Why is nintendo re-re-releasing the GBA? They have a brand new hand held out now and should be concentrating on it. Not bashing the GBA though its great, but seriously how stupid does Nintendo think the public is?

Re:why? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12558644)

On release of the PSOne:

Why is sony re-re-releasing the Playstation? They have a brand new console out now and should be concentrating on it. Not bashing the Playstation though its great, but seriously how stupid does Sony think the public is?

Re:why? (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559428)

I think Nintendo has people like me in mind. I'm not even remotely interested in a DS. I'd love to get a PSP, but that is out of my price range. I've been wanting a GBA for a long time, but the price is always too high, even for used ones on eBay. If they can come in with a price point of around $40, I'll buy one of these in a heartbeat.

Re:why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12559771)

...but seriously how stupid does Nintendo think the public is?

Judging by the 'I am surely gonna buy this'-post before this, I am thinking they know how stupid the public is.

Re:why? (2, Insightful)

elhedran (768858) | more than 9 years ago | (#12560111)

Its called accessing new parts of the market.

For instance, if I have a portable games machine, I want it to be portable. Frankly the DS is too big to fulfill this requirement. So was the first GBA.

This though, this would take up less room than a wallet or a set of keys. This you could pick up and take with you without feeling like you should be packing a backpack or something.

Hence, they are really going after the people who look at the other systems and say 'they are too big'. Its much the same as when Apple released the iPod mini. Didn't do anything the existing iPods didn't do, but was smaller.

Re:why? (1)

wot.narg (829093) | more than 9 years ago | (#12560643)

They call the DS a "third pillar".

Aka, its a diffrent line entirely, and they are planinng on keeping up the GB(A) and DS lines seperately.

DS-line will most likely be wierd innovative new concepts, and the GB(A) line will be your basic tried and true GB stuff.

Now the Revolution on the other hand... *pants*

Re:why? (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 9 years ago | (#12585939)

My guess is that making the Micro will be cheaper for Nintendo in the long run. Technology has advanced since the SP, smaller chips and screens have gotten cheaper (probably to the point where continuing to produce the old stuff is no longer cost-effective), and the Micro will take less material to produce and package overall.

It's the same reasons anybody re-releases a console.

Comparisons (2, Interesting)

pat_trick (218868) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558790)

The GBA Mirco is to the GBA / SP as the Gameboy Pocket is to the original Gameboy.

People will purchase the new one in spite of the original working just as well.

Re:Comparisons (1)

xombo (628858) | more than 9 years ago | (#12562417)

Remember the Advanced?

Re:Comparisons (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 9 years ago | (#12585954)

"People will purchase the new one in spite of the original working just as well."

Spoken like someone who's never actually played both a GB and a GBP. The GBP had a much better LCD display, with far sharper contrast and all but eliminating the blurring you'd see on the original units. Nintendo didn't hype this fact because it'd make their old hardware look too bad, but the GBP is much easier on the eyes.

Ok.. you are kidding right? (1)

AzraelKans (697974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559512)

Lets see, this is the "heir" of the gameboy? this lcd watch sized thing?

Thank you! next.

Cut to the chase Nintendo, wheres the new gameboy? the one with 3d support, mini dvd games and broadband connection?

Re:Ok.. you are kidding right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12563699)

Cut to the chase Nintendo, wheres the new gameboy? the one with 3d support, mini dvd games and broadband connection?

Right here [sony.com] .

Re:Ok.. you are kidding right? (1)

PhoenixFlare (319467) | more than 9 years ago | (#12565268)

God, does your idiocy ever end?

It says right in the press release - "Game Boy Micro represents the latest evolution in the image of the Game Boy Advance line, but it is not a successor to any current system."

Units! (3, Funny)

Ibiwan (763664) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559641)

When will they get this right? 80 paperclips? What is that in Library of Congress Index Cards?

Re:Units! (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 9 years ago | (#12563372)

Dunno, but it's about 16.7 square attoparsecs.

Re:Units! (1)

CrazyClimber (469251) | more than 9 years ago | (#12563460)

I hear it's also three apples high.

"Less space than a Nomad. No Wireless. Lame." (1)

BlueYoshi (670106) | more than 9 years ago | (#12559885)

It this citation appropiate?

Re:"Less space than a Nomad. No Wireless. Lame." (1)

elli2358 (848342) | more than 9 years ago | (#12564020)

Though 10 years older, the Sega Nomad is much bigger (4"x7"x2") so I can see how it has more space... but aside from wireless power ( about 35 seconds off batteries) it wasn't capable of wireless anything.

Wait... you're saying that something else has been named Nomad? Blasphemy!

Limited Screens for Limited Means (0, Troll)

xombo (628858) | more than 9 years ago | (#12562436)

Is this supposed to be the poor man's PSP?

Re:Limited Screens for Limited Means (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12563995)

No, it's supposed to be a smart man's PSP.

It's tiny. It's little. It's miniscule! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12564602)

And I thought my SwanCrystal [bandai-asia.com] was tiny.
77.5 x 127.7 x 17.5 mm ; 95g
3.05 x 5.03 x .67 in ; 3.35oz

Even the older (and slightly smaller) B&W Wonderswan:
74.3 x 121 x 17.5 mm ; 110g
2.93 x 4.76 x .67 in ; 3.88oz

It's even tinier than the Atari Lynx I've been playing recently; powered by the D-cell battery pack. :)
110 x 237 x 54 mm ; 1573.4g
4.33 x 9.33 2.13 in ; 3 pounds, 7.5 ounces.

It's not small. (2, Interesting)

bynary (827120) | more than 9 years ago | (#12566632)

Here's a size comparison photo of the GB Micro: GB Micro [ign.com] . It looks to be about the size of a NES controller, something I would hardly call uncomfortably small.
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