If you've been dragging your feet on picking up Game Boy Advance goodies new at retail then you'd better get a move on. Nintendo believes the portable game system has one more holiday season left in it, and then presumably the GBA moves on to greener pastures.
"We think that Game Boy Advance certainly has at least one more holiday season left in it. For us, it continues to be a great stepping stone for five-, six-, seven-year-old consumers to have their first great handheld gaming experience and then transition right into DS," Fils-Aime told the Reuters Media Summit in New York.
Now that the Nintendo DS has taken Nintendo's portable gaming talent to a whole new level, the GBA itself looks a bit paltry in comparison (especially since the DS can play most every GBA game flawlessly). To be honest, I'm surprised the GBA hasn't been retired already, but I suppose the company wants to milk the system and its library for all its worth before moving on. There isn't really anything of compelling interest in development for the GBA aside from an RPG or two. I predict the final year of the GBA's life will be spent with a lot of kiddie-targeted quickie cash-in titles based on popular cartoons. What a sad end to such an entertaining little gadget.