Unleashed prior to Nintendo's Gameboy DS, Gameboy Advance and Gameboy Micro are two of the newest handheld video game consoles made by Nintendo. The Advance and the Micro have different looks and styles, but they both play the same game cartridges, have the same buttons and are small enough to fit in your pocket.
- Decide which console you want to buy. The Gameboy Advance has a backlit LCD and a stylish flip screen, and comes in eight colors: Onyx, Flame, Platinum, Cobalt, Graphite, Pearl Blue and Pearl Pink. The Gameboy Micro is thinner, perfect for a back pocket, and its backlit screen is slightly brighter than the Gameboy Advance's, making it better for indoor use. It can also be customized with one of four customizable faceplates. Both consoles run on a rechargable lithium battery, though the Micro runs for six to ten hours, and the Advance can run for as long as 18 hours without a recharge. On the road, the Gameboy Advance also takes AA batteries, making it a better choice for car trips.
- Buy a Gameboy online. An increasingly popular option, there are multiple places online where you can purchase both Gameboys. Most electronics stores, such as Best Buy or Circuit City, as well as their respective websites, will sell the consoles. New Gameboy Micros cost $89.99, and the fancier 20th Anniversary Edition costs $99.99. A new Gameboy Advance costs about $79.99.
- Buy at the Brick-and-Mortar store. Most electronics stores sell Gameboys. Because the most recent model in the series is the Gameboy DS, not every store will have the older Gameboy Advance or Gameboy Micro. Before making the trip, call ahead to ensure they have the console you want to buy.
- Buy a used Gameboy. Gamestop.com and Gamestop B&M locations, which specialize in selling used games and equipment, will rarely be out of stock of Gameboys because they are a popular trade-in. Buying a used Gameboy means the console might have some dings and scratches, but the games will play perfectly. Be sure to check every store's return policy to make sure that you can get a refund should your Gameboy not work correctly.
- Bid for a Gameboy on an online auction. Ebay.com and Overstock.com both have whole sections devoted to selling video games and electronic equipment, and you can often find a good deal on both new and used Gameboys.