Game Boy Advance

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a 32-bit handheld game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo as the successor to the Game Boy Color. The GBA is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles.

1st Logo (August 24, 2000; March 21, 2001-November 7, 2008)

Visuals: There is the same "GAME BOY" text as before flying in rainbow colors letter-by-letter (a la Nickelodeon Movies) from the bottom right corner of the screen. A sparkle goes across the words.


  • When a cartridge is inserted, the Nintendo logo appears below it in pink.
  • If the cartridge isn't all the way in or is corrupted, the Nintendo logo is a mess of pixels.
  • When holding Start+Select while the startup plays, the Nintendo logo would fade out and a pinging sound effect is heard. As this triggers game transferal mode, the Game Boy logo remains until a button is pressed, which would cause the Nintendo logo to fade in briefly before the screen disappears.
  • A special WarioWare: Twisted! variant exists where the letters jump higher than normal. This was used for the souvenir of the same name as usual as it's unlockable when you complete all games in the Spindex.

Technique: 2D sprite animation.

Audio: A harp-like sound when the text flies, and the "bling" sound in higher notes when the twinkle appears.

Audio Variants:

  • A variant exists where the harp-like sound is replaced with additional notes, and the bling sound is heard like in the Game Boy logo. This was used for the SpaceWorld 2000 and Debug BIOS for a short time.
  • The special WarioWare: Twisted! variant has the sound of Wario driving his car and crashing in, and we hear Wario say "Yeah!" like in the WarioWare games.


  • Seen on a Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DS Lite.
  • It is also seen on Game Boy Advance games when played on the Game Boy Player add-on for the Nintendo GameCube, and on the Wii U or 3DS's Virtual Console as well.

2nd Logo (June 15-July 30, 2004)

Visuals: It's a rough recreation of the last logo. It also takes place on a black background.

Variant: Sometimes, "Nintendo" is removed.

Technique: 2D sprite animation.

Audio: A group of Japanese kids saying "Nintendo!"

Availability: Seen on prototype Nintendo DS firmware.

Game Boy Color
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
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