The history of computing has seen the machines getting more powerful while at the same time getting smaller. Think back to the original room- or warehouse-sized supercomputers, and then realize that most households have computer that dwarf those behemoths in power and performance. It's the same with video games, with the handheld devices of today in many ways surpassing the consoles of yesterday.Case in point is the GameBoy Advance. The GBA uses what's called sprite-based technology. Sprites are, very basically, graphical elements that are two-dimensional and are integrated into a larger scene. The effect is that the graphics are surprisingly good for something you can fit in your pocket, and the hardware is actually superior to the Super NES. The GBA has an uncommonly large number of Super NES-style role playing games (RPGs). Older gamers also enjoy this now-classic device due to the number of GBA games that were first introduced on the systems they played in the '80s and early '90s, including Donkey Kong, Metroid, and Super Mario Brothers. Since nostalgia becomes a motivating factor in many purchases, the presence of these older GBA games is a plus for a certain demographic.Naturally, there are a number of standout original GBA games as well. These games include titles familiar to longtime Nintendo fans, like Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cup, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. There are also games in other genres, including sports games, fighting games, and GBA versions of games released for the Nintendo consoles.