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WARNING: PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THE PRECAUTIONS BOOKLET INCLUDED
WITH THIS PRODUCT BEFORE USING YOUR NINTENDO
GAME PAK OR ACCESSORY. THIS BOOKLET CONTAINS IMPORTANT SAFETY
Important Safety Information:
Read The Following Warnings Before You Or Your Child Play Video Games
Introduction to the Game Boy Advance SP Video Game System
List of Components
Charging the Game Boy Advance SP Battery Pack
Using the Game Boy Advance SP Video Game System
Control Pad - Game play control.
2. Screen Light On/Off Switch - Turns the screen light ON or OFF.
3. Recharge Indicator LED (POWER) - Lights orange during the recharge
process when using the Game Boy Advance SP AC Adapter. When the
recharge process is complete, this LED turns OFF.
4. Power Indicator LED (POWER) - Indicates battery life. Green color will
change to red when battery charge becomes low. When LED becomes red,
save your game and recharge the battery to prevent game data loss.
5. Color LCD Screen - 2.9" Highly reflective Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD
screen. To protect the LCD from damage, always fold up the Game
Boy Advance SP when not in use.
6. A Button - Game play control.
7. B Button - Game play control.
8. Power Switch (OFF - ON) - Slide switch towards the screen to turn power
ON. (Note: Always insert a Game Pak before turning power on.)
9. Speaker - For output of mono sound.
10. Start - Game Play control.
11. Select - Game play control.
12. Game Pak Slot - For loading a Game Pak.
13. Battery Cover - Remove cover to replace rechargeable battery pack.
14. Wrist Strap Attachment - For attachment of a wrist strap.
15. External Extension Connector 1 (EXT. 1) - Allows connection to other
Game Boy systems or Game Boy or Game Boy Advance accessories. May
require a cable. See Sections 8 and 9 for more information.
16. External Extension Connector 2 (EXT. 2) - Allows connection of
Game Boy Advance SP AC Adapter (included) or Headphone Adapter
(sold separately, visit our on-line store at www.nintendo.com or call
1-800-255 3700). See Sections 4 and 10 for more information.
17. R Button - Game play control.
18. Accessory Slots - Allows for attachment of Game Boy Advance accessories.
19. L Button - Game play control.
20. Volume Adjust (VOLUME) - Adjusts volume. Slide towards screen to
21. DC Connector Plug - Connects to External Extension Connecter 2 for
recharging the battery pack or when using household current.
22. AC Connector Prongs - Retractable prongs for use in a standard 120-volt
household electrical outlet.
WARNING - Seizures
WARNING - Repetitive Motion Injuries
WARNING - Battery Leakage
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� Some people (about 1 in 4000) may have seizures or blackouts triggered by
light flashes or patterns, such as while watching TV or playing video games,
even if they have never had a seizure before.
� Anyone who has had a seizure, loss of awareness, or other symptom linked
to an epileptic condition should consult a doctor before playing a video game.
� Parents should watch when their children play video games. Stop playing
and consult a doctor if you or your child have any of the following symptoms:
Convulsions Eye or muscle twitching Loss of awareness
Altered vision Involuntary movements Disorientation
� To reduce the likelihood of a seizure when playing video games:
1. Sit or stand as far from the screen as possible.
2. Play video games on the smallest available television screen.
3. Do not play if you are tired or need sleep.
4. Play in a well-lit room.
5. Take a 10 to 15 minute break every hour.
Playing video games can make your muscles, joints or skin hurt after a few
hours. Follow these instructions to avoid problems such as Tendinitis, Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome or skin irritation:
� Take a 10 to 15 minute break every hour, even if you don't think you need it.
� If your hands, wrists or arms become tired or sore while playing, stop and
rest them for several hours before playing again.
� If you continue to have sore hands, wrists or arms during or after play, stop
playing and see a doctor.
The Game Boy Advance SP contains a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack.
Leakage of ingredients contained within the battery pack, or the combustion
products of the ingredients, can cause personal injury as well as damage to
your Game Boy. If battery leakage occurs, avoid contact with skin. If contact
occurs, immediately wash thoroughly with soap and water. If liquid leaking from
a battery pack comes into contact with your eyes, immediately flush thoroughly
with water and seek medical attention.
To avoid battery leakage:
� Do not expose battery to excessive physical shock or vibration.
� Do not disassemble, attempt to repair or deform the battery.
� Do not dispose of batteries in a fire.
� Do not touch the terminals of the battery, or cause a short between the
terminals with a metal object.
Do not remove the rechargeable battery pack from the Game Boy
Advance SP unless it needs to be replaced.
Do not use any battery other than the Game Boy Advance SP rechargeable
battery pack. A replacement battery may be ordered through
site at www.nintendo.com or call customer service at 1-800-255-3700.
When recharging the battery pack, only use the Game Boy Advance SP
AC Adapter included with this system.
When disposing of the battery pack, follow appropriate local guidelines and
regulations. For information on battery disposal contact your local solid waste
13. Battery Cover
21. DC Connecter Plug
22. AC Adapter Prongs
14. Wrist Strap Attachment
15. External Extension
16. External Extension
17. R Button
19. L Button
20. Volume Adjust
2. Screen Light
5. Color LCD
6. A Button
7. B Button
8. Power Switch
10. Start Button
11. Select Button
12. Game Pak Slot
Thank you for purchasing the Nintendo
Advance SP video game
system. The Game Boy Advance SP is a folding pocket size color video game
system that features:
� 2.9" Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) color liquid crystal reflective display.
� Up to 32,000 simultaneous colors.
� 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory.
� Self-contained LCD screen light.
� Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery pack. Provides about 18 hours of
continuous game play (with the screen light off).
� Compact folding design.
� Compatibility with Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance
NOTE: This is a latex-free product.
Please read both the following instructions and the separate Precautions
Booklet before setup or use of the Game Boy Advance SP. If, after reading all
the instructions, you still have questions, please visit our customer service area
at www.nintendo.com or call 1-800-255-3700.
Do not use the Game Boy Advance SP AC Adapter during a lightning
storm. There may be a risk of electric shock from lightning.
Before you use your Game Boy Advance SP for the first time, or after you have
not used it for a long time, you must charge the rechargeable battery pack.
(For optimal battery pack life, do not let the battery pack remain
completely discharged for long periods of time.)
The rechargeable battery pack can be recharged approximately 500 times, but
performance may decrease after repeated recharges, depending on usage
conditions such as temperature. Battery life may also decrease over time. After
500 recharges, battery life may become only 70% of the battery life when new.
It takes approximately three hours to recharge the battery. (The actual recharge
time varies depending on how much battery life you have left.) When the Power
Indicator LED becomes red, save your game and recharge the battery to
prevent game data loss. You can play games while recharging the battery, but
the recharge time is longer when you do so.
IMPORTANT: The Game Boy Advance SP AC Adapter is only for use with
the Game Boy Advance SP portable video game system. It is not
compatible with the original Game Boy, Game Boy pocket, Game Boy
Color or original Game Boy Advance.
When you are finished playing, always turn your system OFF, and unplug
the AC Adapter (if you are using it) from both the wall socket and Game
Boy Advance SP. Do not wrap the AC Adapter cord around the Game Boy
1. Insert the AC Adapter's DC
Connecter Plug into External
Extension Connector 2 on the
Game Boy Advance SP
IMPORTANT: Be sure the DC
Connector Plug is facing in the
correct direction before inserting
into EXT 2 to avoid damaging the
DC Connector Plug and/or the
External Extension Connector.
2. Swing the prongs out of the AC
Adapter (Illustration 2) and insert
into a standard 120-volt AC wall
outlet. Be sure that the prongs
are fully inserted into the outlet.
The Recharge Indicator LED will
light up (Illustration 3).You can play
games while charging, however it
will take longer to recharge the
battery. The LED will turn OFF
when the battery is fully charged.
3. When fully charged, remove the
AC Adapter from the wall outlet
and fold the prongs back into the
housing. Remove the DC Connector Plug from External Extension Connector 2.
When disconnecting any plugs from the Game Boy Advance SP or wall
outlet, carefully pull by the plug itself rather than by the cord.
1. Insert a Game Pak into the Game Pak Slot on
the underside of the Game Boy Advance SP
CAUTION: Always check the Game Pak edge
connector for foreign material before inserting
the Game Pak into the Game Boy Advance SP.
2. Turn on the power by pushing the Power
Switch towards the screen (Illustration 5).
NOTE: The LCD screen light will come on
when you first turn the power on. To turn the
light off, press the Screen Light Switch.
3. The screen will display the Game Boy logo,
and then change to the display for the game
that you are playing. Be sure to read the
Game Pak instruction booklet for the game
you are playing.
� For best color under bright light conditions, turn the screen light OFF
(longer battery life).
� For best color under low light conditions, turn the screen light ON
(shorter battery life).
4. To remove the Game Pak after
playing, first turn the power OFF
by sliding the Power Switch
towards the front, then slide the
Game Pak out of the Game Pak
Slot (Illustrations 6 and 7).
5. When finished playing, fold the
Game Boy Advance SP closed to
protect the display screen.
Note: The power does not
automatically turn off when the
system is folded closed.
size for Type 1,
2 and 3 games.
size for Type 4
There are four types of Game Paks that will work with the Game Boy Advance SP:
Type 1. Original Game Boy Game Paks which work with both the Game Boy
Advance and Game Boy Color (using4-10colors, see Section 7) and with the
original Game Boy and Game Boy pocket systems (using 4 shades of gray).
Type 2. Dual mode Game Boy Game Paks which will work with both the
Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color (using up to 56 colors out of a palette
of 32,000) and with the original Game Boy and Game Boy pocket systems
(using 4 shades of gray).
Type 3. Full color games (using up to 56 colors out of a pallet of 32,000) that
will work only on Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance.
Type 4. Special full color (32,000 colors maximum) wide screen games that
will work only on the Game Boy Advance and the Game Boy Advance SP.
NOTE: You can switch the screen size for Type 1, 2 and 3 games from normal
to wide screen mode by pressing the L and R buttons. (This may make some of
the images distorted or hard to see.)
A few older Game Boy games may not function properly on the Game Boy
Advance SP, causing display or sound problems.
About Game Boy Game Paks