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Pelican's Game Boy Advance Accessories
July 18, 2001

 

Wacky Pak
Wet Suit
Ear Blasters
Light Shield Advance
Power Grip Advance
Cool Look Survival Kit

Wacky Pak
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SRP: $9.99

wackypak.jpg (18775 bytes)Pelican’s Wacky Pak is the best carrying case for the GBA we’ve seen from a third party manufacturer. The Wacky Pak is made of burly nylon that we haven’t been able to bust. It’s a lot like a miniature backpack. There is a main flap which sports a small pocket and the ubiquitous bungee-holder that is so popular on backpacks these days. The flap clips closed with a plastic clasp. Under the flap is the main compartment to hold your GBA. The pocket for the GBA unit is nice and roomy, so it will fit many bulky accessories, such as a light and charger. There is also a mesh pocket in front of the main storage compartment, which is the perfect place to keep your games. The Wacky Pak is finished out with some nice little extras. A keyring holder hangs from the mesh pocket inside, ready to keep all your most important items together. On the back of the carrying case is a belt clip and a hiking clip, useful for attaching the Wacky Pak either to your person or your backpack. So far our Wacky Pak has kept us nicely together. It should also be noted that this carrying case will work just fine with your GBC, although the colors won’t necessarily match.

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Wet Suit
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SRP: $9.99

wetsuit.jpg (24101 bytes)If you plan on taking your GBA or GBC to the beach or pool this summer, you’ll need a little protection. The Wet Suit from Pelican is a good solution. The carrying case features water resistant materials, a belt clip, a hiking clip, and two pockets. The main pocket is completely enclosed, via a zipper, and heavily padded. The second is an external mesh pocket with an elastic closure. The Wet Suit does work to keep splashes, rain, and debris out of your GBA or GBC, but it won’t protect from a complete dunking (trust us on that one). The thickness of the material also helps protect your unit if it is dropped. Overall, this is a well-made and burly carrying case. It is a great choice for those active pocket gamers out there, but doesn’t have enough pockets to make it absolutely ideal for hauling your games and accessories around.

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Ear Blasters
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SRP: $9.99

earblasters.jpg (15128 bytes)The ear clip headphones are popular these days, and who can fault them? They snugly secure to your ears and they don’t mess up your suave hairdo. Pelican brings us Ear Blasters, ear clip headphones made specifically for the GBA. Since the GBA supports better sound than the GBC did, you’ll want to take full advantage of it. And, what good is a high-quality set of headphones if you can’t take them with you? You’ll be able to happily fit your Ear Blasters in your Wacky Pak to take them with you wherever. The ear clip design means they store in a very small space. The headphones are very comfortable and lightweight, although some people will just not jive with the ear clip design regardless of what manufacturer made them. Still, we love them, and recommend them wholeheartedly. They just look so cool. The sound is very good, too. They get nice and loud with no distortion, and the stereo effects of the GBA games are really accented using headphones of any kind. If you’re in the market for a new set of headphones to go with your GBA, check these out.

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Light Shield Advance
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SRP: $9.99

lightshield.jpg (22297 bytes)The GBA has a major weakness: the screen is dark. That’s not news to anybody who has picked up a unit and tried to play in low light. For some reason, Nintendo decided to opt out of the backlit screen. Such is life, and we must cope. The Light Shield Advance is not a bad way to do so. The light is designed to function as both a shield for your GBA screen and to illuminate your gameplay without causing reflection. Indeed, it folds very nicely over your GBA, making it by far the easiest light to store with your unit and protecting your GBA screen from grubby fingerprints or scratches. The lighting quality is a bit of a stickier issue. The Light Shield Advance works great in dark conditions. If you’re playing under the covers at night, or on the bus after dark, it makes the screen easily visible. However, if there is other ambient lighting, the Light Shield Advance doesn’t fill in very well. It’s almost as if you can’t tell the light is on when there is other light. That’s frustrating because I often find myself playing in a lighted room, but not quite being able to see the screen as well as I’d like to. Given the choice, I will turn out all the lights in the room and play with only the Light Shield Advance, rather than try to angle my unit just right under the closest lamp. I wish the Light Shield Advance did a better job filling in when playing with ambient light. Still, after checking out the cream of the crop lights for the GBA, the Light Shield Advance could be my favorite. The easy storage and shield function put it over the top, and you’ll find yourself fighting with the other lights out there, too. As with most of the GBA lights, the Light Shield Advance also features a pass-through port for multiplayer gaming and an on-off switch so you can conserve batteries in optimal conditions.

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Power Grip Advance
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SRP: $14.99

powergrip.jpg (13730 bytes)With the launch of the Game Boy Advance came a whole slew of accessories. There are such a variety of these accessories it becomes a task just to figure out what you will benefit from using. One accessory that actually saves you money is a rechargeable battery pack. A battery pack eliminates the need to buy batteries for your GBA ever again. The Power Grip Advance is not just a power pack, but it is also enhances comfort. Click for more…

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Cool Look Survival Kit
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Get things rolling in a big way with Pelican’s Cool Look Survival Kit for GBA. The kit comes with the Wacky Pak, a Light Shield Advance, and a multiplayer link cable. This is everything you really need to have a great time with you GBA. The Wacky Pak and Light Shield Advance are standouts in their respective categories, a great carrying case and a great light. The multiplayer link cable is one of those accessories that hurts to buy on its own. Sure, you want to play multiplayer, but who wants to just buy a cable when you could buy a light or a new game? Now you don’t have to. The Cool Look Survival Kit is a must-have accessory for any GBA player. Get thee to your local video game store now.

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Shawn Rider

 

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