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Despite releasing the DS in 2004, Nintendo wasn’t entirely done with the Game Boy Advance line. The GBA saw another redesign in the form of the Game Boy Micro. As the name implies, it was one of Nintendo’s smallest handhelds ever.

Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, who was executive VP of sales and marketing at the time, felt that the Game Boy Micro was a mistake. In his new book, he called the device a “nonstarter”, mentioning how GBA inventory was being cleared out in the US, the buttons were difficult to use, and the screen was too small. Ultimately though, Nintendo of America was “forced to launch the system.”

Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has opened up about Mother 3, and specifically how the title has never been made available in the west.

Reggie released his new book today, and the audio version contains a bonus interview with Geoff Keighley. At one point, Keighley asked if Nintendo felt it just wasn’t worth bringing over.

Reggie said in response:

Mother 3 originally came out for the Game Boy Advance, but only in Japan. Since then, fans in the west have been clamoring for an English release.

Shinichi Kameoka, the producer of Mother 3, recently shared his own thoughts as to why the game has never been localized. As part of a Q& with the Kit & Krysta Podcast, he said:

Following today’s leak regarding Nintendo Switch Online, Twitter user Mondo_Mega has come forward with a list of GBA games that have apparently been tested for the service.

A number of heavy hitters are here. You’ve got top releases from Nintendo like Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Metroid Fusion, Metroid Zero Mission, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Golden Sun, and Wario Land 4. Third-party games such as Astro Boy: Omega Factor, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and Mega Man Battle Network 2 were apparently tested as well.

Speculation about Game Boy and Game Boy Color games joining Nintendo Switch Online picked up last August. Fans were taken by surprise then the following month when N64 support was announced for the service instead as part of the new Expansion Pack tier. Months later, talk of Game Boy games on Switch Online is back in the news.

Out of nowhere, four files popped up today on 4chan. According to Twitter user trashbandatcoot, two of these are NSPs with a 7z archive that has loose NCAs. The 7z archive is called Hiyoko, which is a Game Boy emulator apparently made by NERD – Nintendo’s team that has worked on other classic platforms for Switch Online. There’s also a GBA emulator called Sloop.

New data from the UK has ranked all of the mainline Pokemon games going back to the Game Boy based on how big their launches were in terms of sales.

It’s actually Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, a pair of 3DS titles, that topped the list. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are right behind at #2. We just saw the release of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl on Switch, which come in at #5.

Here’s a look at the full list:

Twenty years after the project was scrapped, Elland: The Crystal Wars – a Dune title for the Game Boy Advance – is now making a return.

Work started on the title back in 2001. Unfortunately, the project was ultimately cancelled, and it never saw an official release. But John Roo and his business The Retro Room Games has now managed to secure rights to the unfinished game and intends to release it officially. It will ship as a proper GBA game, “complete with a case and manual and other goodies.”

Japanese magazine Famitsu recently conducted an online survey pertaining to the Ace Attorney series, with fans asked to vote on topics like the best characters and cases. This comes in celebration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary. A total of 1,394 responses were recorded.

Below are the notable excerpts from the survey:

GamesIndustry has shared some interesting data pertaining to the Metroid series in the UK. Along with the best-selling entries in the series by units, we’re also able to see the best-selling titles in terms of revenue.

In terms of units, Metroid Prime is the best-selling Metroid title in the UK at the moment. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption wins out regarding revenue. You’ll notice that Metroid Dread has already overtaken several games and is in the top ten despite being on the market for just a few days – and that’s without digital downloads being factored in.

Below are the full results:

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Rumor has it that Nintendo Switch Online will soon be adding Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles, but GBA will be left out.

The speculation ties in with a 2019 datamine in which four emulators were uncovered within the official NES Switch app. One of these, which goes by the name “Hiyoko”, is thought to be for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.

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