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Satoru Iwata Wanted Game Boy Advance SP To Feature Sleep Mode

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed that he wanted the Game Boy Advanced SP to include sleep mode functionality. Because the device sports a clamshell design, Iwata insisted that the feature was a necessity. The GBA SP’s successor, Nintendo DS, was the very first portable game system to have a sleep function, according to Iwata. The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U GamePad also feature sleep mode functionality.

“The GBA SP was also a clam-shell design, so I pretty adamantly demanded of the hardware team that it went into sleep mode when it was closed. ‘This feature is absolutely essential!’ I said,” explained Iwata.

“However, at that time, they told me that as it would take re-working the chip so it could be turned on and off it would take a year to do it, so I had to reluctantly withdraw my request. Nevertheless, I did tell them that they had to make sure the next system they designed would be able to go into sleep mode.”

33 thoughts on “Satoru Iwata Wanted Game Boy Advance SP To Feature Sleep Mode”

    1. You are probably an stupid casual that know nintendo only for wii and ds uf you dont care about this crucial information for every true gamer.
      Gamers like you are the one who killed nintendo by giving them money for stupid casual kiddy games instrad of demanding a true hardcore experience as smash bros melee or zelda II the adventure of link…you make me sick casual faggots

      1. Calling us children? I’d like to talk to your mother about your grammar please. And “faggots”? Seriously, we still have people saying that word?

        1. All GB devices are now considered a legacy since its retired and GBA SP is Nintendo’s first clamshell design, rechargable battery and with backlight settings (I know there’s a GB Light with that feature but not I’m talkig about with brightness settings). Too bad it didnt have a headphone jack built in for some reason. XP But yeah, the SP is what motivated the clamshell design for future Nintendo handhelds for compact carrying and probably the last one that doesnt have a hinge flaw like the DSLite/3DS had.

          And luckily, I still have the cobalt blue SP on me with Super Mario Bros. Deluxe.

    1. Link to the past and minish cap did, but they were activated via menus and the internal chip stayed on the whole time

    2. How do you know if mother 3 has never beem release outside jap… Oh wait you play throught emulators or flashcards didnt you? Oooo thats call piracy and its a crime. Stupid asshole fagot casual gamer that decide to pirate good games you are the scum that is ruining the industry hope you get anus’ cancer

        1. Yes or wait and not play it being an stupid pirate isnt the solution while you pirate i write personal letters to mr iwata to make him bring eeuu and europe xenoblade, pandoras tower and the last story. Fuck off if you acctually do something useful you could have this game located but nooooooooo i prefer to be a pirate and to sucl my mothers dick, yes because your mom have dick bigger than yours, i love to screw her anal while wank her big dick man your mommys dick is so amazing!

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  2. People may hate this kind of news, but I actually like this kind-of fun facts… they make you think how different would a system be.

  3. Of all the features the DS introduced, sleep mode was genuinely the best. The fact that I know I can pick up my 3DS and be playing my game of, in this case Fantasy Life, within a second at any moment is a beautiful thing

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