GBA-GDC

by Billy Berghammer - March 22, 2000, 8:28 pm PST
Source: IGN Pocket

GBA info coming out of the GDC?

More to be known about the GBA...real soon! Nintendo will be holding a GDC for the GBA on April 10th! Unfortunately it's only open to "official Game Boy developers". Boooooo! Oh well, I'm sure we will be finding out a whole lot of juicy things about our next handheld jem! And maybe a little more about how it will interact with the Dolphin. Here's the biz...

On April 10, 2000, Nintendo will hold the Game Boy Advance Game Developers Conference 2000, a by-invite only forum where official Game Boy developers find out once and for all what the Game Boy Advance is all about. The conference will be a one-day workshop held in Seattle, and will only be open to active, official Game Boy developers.

Nintendo is currently sending fliers to Game Boy developers announcing the forum and what to expect at the conference. According to Nintendo, everything will be revealed – the Game Boy Advance network capabilities, the optional digital camera peripheral, as well as disclosing information on its Internet connectivity, which will include its chat and email capabilities. Developers may be privy to how the system will interface with the next-generation Nintendo console, the Dolphin.

And while it's been rumored before, the Nintendo document officially reveals that the Game Boy Advance will feature the full Game Boy Color chipset on the circuitboard to insure 100% backward compatibility. Also documented on this flier: developers will find out about the new stereo digital PCM soundchip and its capabilities and extra RAM, as well as learn about the extra action buttons and "an LCD screen with better contrast than the Game Boy Color."

Also interesting on this document is Nintendo's emphasis on the Game Boy Advance's capability of 32,000 simultaneous on-screen colors, since the company previously announced the system would mostly be capable of only a little more than 500 colors at the same time. It's possible that programmers have already discovered a mode much like the one on the Game Boy Color that enables up to 2,000 colors at once.

Developers can also expect to see technology demos like the Yoshi Story demo reported to be completed by NCL.

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