Console colors mean a lot to some gamers. While home consoles get a little fun splash of color every now and again, handheld systems have really been known for being bold and brash, especially the ones from the 90s. The Game Boy Advance came in its iconic purple for instance; quite the oddball choice. But, an even brighter eye-catcher nearly came about: Lemon Yellow.
Developer Jeff is quite the man with the plan. He describes himself as a “developer, prototyping specialist, hardware enthusiast, video game conservationist/preservationist” and “graphic design artist”. He regularly posts his findings of prototype systems and peripherals over on his Twitter account.
And that’s exactly how the world is now seeing the unreleased Lemon Yellow-colored Game Boy Advance.
Prototype Nintendo Gameboy Advanced in unreleased Lemon Yellow!
This system went with the IS CGB/AGB Emulator kit ver.1 and works as an controller unit for the device.
More photos & a teardown coming soon of this unique rarity including its emulator box so stay tuned!
— Developer Jeff ?? (@OfficialDevJeff) January 22, 2021
That weird looking dongle that’s protruding from the back of the unit is actually the connector to the dev kit that Jeff mentions in the above tweet. He also managed to snap some shots of the GBA paired with that very unit:
Prototype Gameboy Advanced Development Kit
"IS CGB/AGB Emulator Box Ver.01"
With a prototype Nintendo Gameboy Advanced system in unreleased Lemon Yellow!
More pictures and teardown to come!
Any questions comments or concerns please drop them below.
— Developer Jeff ?? (@OfficialDevJeff) January 23, 2021
While this isn’t the prettiest way to see a GBA, it does give us a neat behind-the-scenes look at what it would have been like to be a developer in the late 90s and early 2000s creating games for the Game Boy Advance.
Of course, we’ll never know why Nintendo regulated this brightly-colored GBA to being for developers only, but at least we get a chance to see what it looked like. And, it’s not as though Nintendo has never given yellow fans a treat since. Did seeing this lemonade stand of a GBA remind you of another particular system?
Looks like sometimes the past really does meet the present! Yes, the Nintendo Switch Lite was introduced to the world in this bright yellow variant about two years ago. While this color scheme is a noticeably lighter shade compared to the unreleased GBA, it still wouldn’t be surprising if Nintendo’s hardware designers for the Lite were at least inspired by the old handheld.
Would you have bought a yellow GBA if it were released? Sound off below.