Gaming has become one of the most important activities in everyday life for most of the contemporary people. It features in the agenda of almost all the youth. Of late, gaming has attained serious attraction from people of all ages and is now not just a juvenile fashion. People from all walks of life also now prefer gaming to watching television shows. And with the advancement of technology, as we have already seen, the sizes of all the electronic devices have been slaughtered. The gaming consoles, which once looked like the tower of your computer systems and which were situated inside the house, are now fitting into the hands of many ebullient youths. So, this is the perfect part of the panorama for the little Game Boys to play a cameo and to show their mettle. Now, Nintendo is one very illustrious company which features as the prime producer of gaming consoles along with the other champion manufacturers in the form of Sony and Microsoft. We are right now going to discuss about one of Nintendo’s excellent and also best selling gaming console, The Nintendo Game Boy Micro.
The X Factor is here!
From quite a time, we were dreaming of a gaming console that would differ from the norms and that which has a special characteristic that makes it a very unique console. Well, we were very happy to see the almost dream-come-true console. Everything we dreamt of a handheld console was there in this Nintendo Game Boy Micro Console, except for the fact that the edges are not that curvy in reality. It is sleek, stylish, portable and most importantly, landscape oriented. This is more important because landscape oriented devices always get the better off their portrait oriented counterparts when it comes to gaming. Imagine playing games on the latter, is it not kind of disquieting? Wowing at the design for some unknown feeling it creates when you take in your hands, we were still slightly disappointed at the same time, to see a smaller screen.
But, nonetheless, as we must accept the reality at the end of the day, we feel that you have got an almost perfectly designed console. It looks pretty stylish and is also not too big (4.0 x o.7 x 2.0 inches), hence its design supports portability. Let us now look further to find more details regarding its design. As usual, the screen takes the centre position and the controls lay surrounding it. On the left, we have the directional keypad, just like in most of the handheld gaming consoles. On the right are the A and B buttons, whose importance will be explained by any exuberant young player, even before you complete your question. Below the screen are the Select and the Start buttons. Another important feature here is that the faceplates of the device are removable and customisable and hence are praised by people because, they allow for personalization. Now, this means that regarding the buttons and the display, everything seems simple, normal and quite common. But still, the way they are arranged and put up makes it impressive for even a very stubborn pessimist.
The 2.0 inch TFT active matrix colour LCD is used in Game Boy Micro for display. It can produce as many as 32000 colours in all. This makes it ideal for almost all the latest games in the market. The games look all the more realistic when they are played. Since the device is landscape oriented and then the screen takes the centre position, the console is pretty much ideal for playing. You will feel prosperous this way. Now, even though the screen is slightly smaller than usual, we believe that Nintendo has given importance to the buttons this time around. User interface is also very essential and hence the screen is shrunk to just 2.0 inches. But even then, an average gamer would have expected a slightly bigger screen so that he could have had a good visual spectacle. But nonetheless, it is really a commendable effort put in by Nintendo in trying to adjust the available space and also in providing a very good and solid display mechanism. This very backlit screen of the Game Boy Micro is commended well and also received positive critiques for being superior to that of the original Game Boy Advance SP, which is a later model from Nintendo, and it also has been praised for its good visibility. The screen is very uniformly lit, and also the brightness is made adjustable due to the presence of a fine dot pitch. This smaller dot pitch is also accounted for the improvement of the sharpness of the Game Boy Micro’s display.
Processor: It is Really Sharp!
Now the Game Boy Micro handheld gaming console has got an impressive new processor designed by Sharp, which means that the device runs at lightning quick pace. In general, the Game Boy players do not come with a very fast processor because most of the games they feature require modest graphics and processing system. But this time around, the tables have turned and the 32-bit 16.8 MHz ARM processor (ARM7TDMI) is a really fast processor that makes the Game Boy Micro a very good player and manager of games, and more importantly, it also avoids the little problems, like hanging or delay, that frustrate you. You don’t want your Game Boy to cause problems while you are amidst a game. Do you?
With a built in 32Kb cache memory and 256KB WRAM, you can expect the device to perform really quick. The WRAM is a very fast version of RAM and it helps in the dynamic storage of data in the form of bits. This dynamic storage is important in the field if gaming and the magnitude 256KB simply means that the device is really advanced in terms of technology.
This is the only thing you will find to the left of the screen. The four way directional joystick is of great importance. It has two functions. One is helping you regarding the directions inside the game as you can manipulate your subjects in the game with the help of the joystick only. Another thing is that it helps you navigate through the menu and the other different items in it. But, one disappointing thing is that this joystick is only four way but not five way when it comes to directions. Most of the contemporary joysticks are five way directional, which means that they have an additional feature, which makes it easy for you to select the options by just the press of the centre button. But here, you need to use other button for the purpose of selection. Although this may sound like it is a petty issue, some pro gamers are very particular about this.
In order to make things more personal here, the Game Boy Micro comes with a headphone jack, which is often not seen in many other Game Boys. The Headphone jack is at the bottom of the device and any 3.5 mm headphones can be connected to it comfortably. Most of the times, if not every time, this option gives you better and more personal gaming experience and also it takes you to your own world of gaming without having to disturb your neighbours.
There are no specific games provided along with the Game Boy Micro, either built in or separately since the device is not provided with sufficient in built memory. This version of the Game Boy only supports the cartridge type inputs for gaming. There are lots of and also a great variety of games available in the market in the form of these cartridges. You should buy them separately as there is none given to you along with the Game Boy.
Customisation: Dress Your Game Boy
The Nintendo Game Boy Micro comes with a variety of faceplates that are available in the form of different designs and colours. These faceplates can be changed at any time by the user themselves in no time. The designs, silver with black, Ammonite, Ladybug, and black with silver, Flame and Camouflage faceplates are available in the market and they are also pretty colourful. The 20th anniversary edition faceplate was also released of late. These colours make your player a very interesting one and the designs are a feast to the eyes. Hence, the customisation option really has helped in boosting the sales of this player.
Since this is a very new player and also since it is a revitalised version of the previous hit model from Nintendo, it is natural for anyone to expect that the Nintendo Game Boy Micro performs really well. Let us look at the performance details of this player so as to find out whether or not the beauty is on the inside as well.
For you to experience the best of gaming you also need to have a solid audio mechanism on your Game Boy and that is what you can see on the Game Boy Micro. The speakers are revamped and redesigned so that the new ones are able to give out excellent sounds, which is, at the end of the day, all you need when you are on top of your gaming. On the device, these speakers are put in a very unique and new position which helps in giving some really good sounds. But, in order to experience or test the optimum sound experience, you need to connect your headphones. When we did that, we have found that the sounds were really good and they were nicely complementing the games and hence making the games more lively and energetic. We also recommend you to purchase good quality headphones so that you will have a great feel while playing.
As we have already seen, the screen is a great one and its display is very lucid and good. This is what any pro gamer would dream of. Some of the LCDs in the market are not sufficiently good and they create a few problems while playing and this really annoys any loyal gamer. The re-modeled screen also has a better dot pitch and hence better pixilation. This means that the subjects inside the game are clearly visible and are also distinct. This is really vital for any Game Boy player. And since the processor is also a pretty good one, you will be quite happy to see that there are no errors while playing. Hence, it can be said that the video performance is excellent from the Game Boy Micro.
Considering the array of graphically appealing games that are coming out of late into the market, it is quite necessary for your Game Boy to have a very solid graphics acceleration system. Fortunately, The Nintendo Game Boy Micro has got one such system and this makes your games run at a very good pace. Most if the games you play today need some graphics acceleration and the graphics chip of the Game Boy Micro has enough power to drive even the highest end games in the market.
As usual, there is a 460 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery inside the device. This is one of the better batteries you will find in the market. It takes just about 2.5 hours for complete charging and then the battery life is about 10 hours on an average. An external power adapter is also provided for the charging purpose.
The Nintendo Game Boy Micro is warranted against damage for a period of one year from the original date of purchase.
As we have come to the end of our journey, we can conclude that the Game Boy Micro is one of the best handheld game consoles available in the market. And it also focuses only on gaming and is so far successful in doing so. Its design is really captivating and its features are somewhat less in number but still, they proved their mettle in the end. The performance aspects also reached the expectations. Most importantly, the device is not highly priced and hence any enthusiastic gamer can afford to buy this one. It is really a commendable effort put in by Nintendo in providing a very good Game Boy for a moderate cost.
Nintendo Game Boy Micro – Product Specification Details
|Model Name||Game Boy Micro|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||4.0 x o.7 x 2.0 inches|
|Display||2.0 inch transflective screen|
|Display Colour Support||32k colours|
|Display Features||TFT LCD|
|Available Enclosure Colours and Designs||Silver with Black, Ammonite, Ladybug,
black with silver, Flame and Camouflage
|Sound||Stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone plug|
|Controls||Analogue joystick, built in triggers and action buttons|
|CPU||Sharp 32-bit 16.8 MHz ARM processor (ARM7TDMI)|
|External Connectors||Headphone jack only|
|Battery||Rechargeable – Lithium ion|
|Capacity||460 mAh – 10 hours|
|Package Particulars||Nintendo Game Boy Micro Console, AC Adapter,
one lithium ion battery, instruction manuals (Quick
Start Guide and Tips and Tricks booklet)
|Manufacture Warranty||One year limited warranty|