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…
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