As I mentioned in my previous entry, I just purchased a Gameboy Advanced SP. As I also noted, I knew I wouldn't have much time to play with it until this semester was over. Well, I've found time; whether I'm riding the bus to campus or waiting for something to compile, I'm finding time to play. The device is so unbelievably amazing. Not only is it five ounces and tiny, but the sound and display are brilliant. The battery life is the best I've ever seen in any device. Ever. I'm more than halfway through Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 and have also been playing Mario Kart: Super Circuit — I haven't recharged the battery once. Ridiculous. Speaking of Mario Kart, I cannot get over how faithful this revision is to the original N64 title. I haven't been able to play it much because of this damn 8-bit computer I'm designing for Digital Design, but from what I can tell it's going to be one of my all-time favorites, if only because it so closely mirrors its big brother.
I denied myself any type of console system while in college because I knew that my propensity to get wrapped up in competition and/or beating the game would deter me from school. It was a smart move, but one that I regret. Either way, this Gameboy should hold me over for a while as there are 488 titles available for it, not to mention the fact that it can play original Gameboy games. I still have my Tetris — greatest game of all time — cartridge from 1991 when the Gameboy first came out.