Nintendo Everything: GBA
Okay, so I know that I teased that I’d be writing about a different game in the last column (which was posted five months ago, holy crap) but there’s a reason for that. Turns out that a game that’s essentially “Style Savvy but also a dating sim” isn’t all that unique when Nintendo ended up adding boyfriends to Style Savvy anyway. So instead I chose to write about one of my favourite Game Boy titles in celebration of the handheld’s 25th anniversary (which was three months ago, holy crap). Yep, that chunky handheld sure gave us plenty of timeless experiences like Link’s Awakening, Mole Mania, and Revenge of the Gator’s title screen, but today I want to focus on a lesser-known classic for Nintendo’s monochromatic machine, an early Japanese dungeon crawler called Cave Noire published by Konami way back in 1991.
The “GBA4iOS” app for iPhone allowed users to play Game Boy and Boy Boy Advance titles on their devices with little trouble. In fact, absolutely no jailbreaking was involved to get the thing working.
The emulator was available for several months, but has finally been taken down following a DMCA notice sent out by Nintendo.
On Twitter, the app’s creator wrote:
— Riley Testut (@rileytestut) May 13, 2014
Game Informer has put together a few graphs comparing Wii U and 3DS sales to Nintendo’s previous platforms. You can find them in the gallery above, and more information at the source link below.
Included in Nintendo’s latest financial results is up-to-date information regarding the company’s hardware sales. You’ll find sales for the last three generations of systems below.
Game Boy Advance Hardware Sales
Japan — 16.96 million units (20.8%)
The Americas — 41.64 million units (51.1%)
Other (Europe / PAL) — 22.91 million units (28.1%)
Overall — 81.51 million units
DS Hardware Sales
Japan — 32.99 million units (21.4%)
The Americas — 59.93 million units (38.9%)
Other (Europe / PAL) — 61.07 million units (39.7%)
Overall — 153.99 million units
3DS Hardware Sales
Japan — 15.89 million units (36.7%)
The Americas — 14.58 million units (33.6%)
Other (Europe / PAL) — 12.85 million units (29.7%)
Overall — 43.33 million units
GameCube Hardware Sales
Japan — 4.04 million units (18.6%)
The Americas — 12.94 million units (59.5%)
Other (Europe / PAL) — 4.77 million units (21.9%)
Overall — 21.74 million units
Wii Hardware Sales
Japan — 12.75 million units (12.6%)
The Americas — 48.46 million units (48%)
Other (Europe / PAL) — 39.85 million units (39.4%)
Overall — 101.06 million units
Wii U Hardware Sales
Japan — 1.81 million units (29.3%)
The Americas — 2.81 million units (45.5%)
Other (Europe / PAL) — 1.56 million units (25.2%)
Overall — 6.17 million units
Here’s a neat little fact about GBA Virtual Console games on Wii U. It seems that Nintendo has gone out of its way to include the original paper manuals in the re-releases. Pretty awesome!