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.”
Useless president, canceling an astoundingly useful feature because of greediness to rush it out to the masses
It’s silly to hold back something for a year because of one silly feature that wasn’t integral.
Well your extremely late Iwata, GBA SP is like ancient as of now.
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
kill yourself if you hate casual gamers and like getting nasty at people
How old are you? Kill yourself what a pathetic argument
Exactly, can never understand how parents teach their children to grow up to become retards who cyberbully “kill yourself”
Fuck off poser
you are afucking retard how think the wiiu servive 2018 like the wii did
kill your self the wiu has failed deal with it i am not a loser like you
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?
“Ancient” or legendary you mean. lol
How’s the SP legendary? It’s a neat upgrade, sure, but not legendary
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.
Wait, one minor corrections….the first clamshell was this (and why I say first is cause the only thing that predates it is a half clamshell laptop):
And that is likely what the motivation was Gunpei first design.
But all said the Gameboy SP was a major step forward.
Oh. I forgot about that one. lol Anyway, SP was a very special portable system to me before DS Lite. :)
In the ancient Mayan temples of whatever year was the first Gameboy SP recovered…. Such a background…
Some games did have a sleep mode though. Mother 3 is the one that comes to mind.
Link to the past and minish cap did, but they were activated via menus and the internal chip stayed on the whole time
metroid zero mission and fusion had it too
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
What other way are we supposed to play Mother 3 if it hasn’t even been released in US? Learn Japanese?
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!
The Wii U how ever has a hibernation mode in which I can collect updates. How ever it dues not have a sleep mode
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And what an essential feature it was. ^_^ No sarcasm.
That’s actually pretty cool. I wonder if it would have been considered “ahead of its time”.
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.
A system would be*
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