The Game Boy Advance (abbreviated as GBA) is a 32-bit Nintendo portable system initially released in Japan on March 21, 2001. A part of the sixth generation of video games, the Game Boy Advance was noted as the final Game Boy iteration. A couple of redesigns were released including the Game Boy Advance SP and the Game Boy Micro. The Game Boy Advance received criticism, for not having a backlight, and that was one of the most requested additions from the consumers. Therefore, from the GBA SP and onwards, a backlight was an essential. It was succeeded by the Nintendo DS line. The Game Boy Advance systems quickly became Nintendo's best selling system of all time within a few years, accumulating a total of 81.41 million sales worldwide, including 43.49 million SP units and 2.42 million Micro units. In 2008, the Nintendo DS surpassed this and continued on its path of domination by managing to move a total of 130 million units worldwide. Like the Game Boy Light and the Game Boy Color, the Game Boy Advance requires two AA batteries. The Game Boy Advance is the last Nintendo handheld to require batteries and it is also the last Nintendo handheld to not have a clamshell design until the Game Boy Micro and the Nintendo 2DS.
In 2008, production and sales ended. The original model was discontinued in 2004, while the SP and Micro were discontinued in 2008.