Poll: Don't kill the GBA

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Is there still a need for the GBA?

No, I'd rather have Nintendo concentrate on the DS
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36%
Yes, it's a very important brand for Nintendo and shouldn't be dropped
45
51%
I'm all about the PSP
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13%
 
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Post by Cornelius » Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:07 am

I think it's an important brand and I don't think they should abandon it entirely but I'm at a loss as to what they can do with it right now.

Well, besides competing with PS3 sales of course.

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Post by Dudley » Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:25 am

The GBA has a chance if they could make incredibly cheap carts (say £5 - £10, even if it's just back catalogue), keep the micro going at £20 and market it to kids.

Stick it in the supermarkets, stick em on the tills in game, just a cartridge in a case, tiny to no manual.

With its back catalogue it could be the machine that the Pokemon mini was meant to be.
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Post by yethboth » Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:02 pm

Nintendo should move on to concentrate in making games for the Nintendo DS to compete with the PSP.

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Post by Madge » Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:23 pm

Isn't the DS humping the PSP anyway?
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Post by Dudley » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:44 pm

You need a stronger word really. It's about 50mil to 23mil worldwide, although more than half that difference is the lead in Japan.
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Post by woody.cool » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:07 pm

Yes, it's a very important brand for Nintendo and shouldn't be dropped

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Post by pottyboy » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:29 pm

Both the GBA and DS are pretty good but thanks to the PSP (video playback, PS1 games etc) they're gathering dust in a drawer in my bedroom.
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Post by L i n k . » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:55 pm

Bring Back The Gameboy.
I Love My Gameboy Collection!


LONG LIVE THE GAMEBOY!

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Post by Nic Maminer » Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:03 pm

I Love my GBA !!!
(Have all versions of it- micro is so small and portable and can fit in shirt pocket on train!)
Since UK market took nose dive this year have bought more titles from USA - get good value for money and exclusive titles:
Warioware twisted @ £15 incl p&p
Castelvania double pack (more double packs available)
Tringo
Deal or no deal (Prefer to DS version!)
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Shame more multi packs were not released, such as Super Mario Advance 1-4, Sonic 1-3, Advance Wars 1 & 2... etc
.......Still waiting for "Sonic Geneis" and "Metal Slug 1"

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Post by woody.cool » Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:35 pm

I love my GBA SP and it comes with me everywhere I go (including work!)

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Post by The Last Ginja » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:43 am

I'm on the fence. Keep GBA slots in future DS revisions but there's no need to push the brand any more.

It's not like they still produce the SNES or NES any more.....

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Post by uglifruit » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:25 pm

I like the GBA. Obviously support will be dropped eventually - and the market had all but disappeared. How many of the NDS releases could have been GBA releases? Hmmm? Hmmm? Quite a few methinks. When the second screen is barely being used, and the touchscreen is there for the menus alone - then I think it could've been a GBA release. (Notwithstanding horsepower of the NDS) - but the NDS version will a) sell more b) make more. So realsitically publishers won't continue to support it.
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Post by CrookedMouth » Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:59 am

Dudley wrote:The GBA has a chance if they could make incredibly cheap carts (say £5 - £10, even if it's just back catalogue), keep the micro going at £20 and market it to kids.

Stick it in the supermarkets, stick em on the tills in game, just a cartridge in a case, tiny to no manual.

With its back catalogue it could be the machine that the Pokemon mini was meant to be.
This is exactly what Nintendo should do with the Gameboy. They could even sell them with a selection of games built in. Kids might like to collect them all, or something.
I'm glad that they went with a new name when they created the DS, but to drop the Gameboy name altogether would be folly.

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Post by GarryG » Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:46 am

Hmm, I went for 'No, I'd rather have Nintendo concentrate on the DS'.

I think there is some milage left in the 'GameBoyTM' name, but comercially, the DS is the hardware to concentrate on just now.

This seems to be opening up a previously untapped adult market (no not the magazines on the top shelf with the naughty pictures, market), that is stering things in an interesting direction, and it does have that extra cartridge port tucked away in the back.

So IMO DS is the way to go.

Having said that it won't make me get rid of my origonal big chunky game boy though ;)

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:59 am

GarryG wrote:This seems to be opening up a previously untapped adult market (no not the magazines on the top shelf with the naughty pictures, market)
I'm surprised we've not had loads of that given the touch screen...
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