K1 GBA - Game Boy Advance Clone Featuring TV Out, SD Card Loading, Retro Emulation & Much More

K1-GBA-Game-Boy-Advance-Clone-Featuring-TV-Out-SD-Card-Loading-Retro-Emulation-And-Much-MoreWhile many retro gamers will argue that the Game Boy Advance is the greatest handheld of all time, others believe the system could do with an overhaul. The K1 GBA is a product of this belief - a Game Boy Advance clone which can load games from SD card, emulate a handful of retro gaming systems and output the action to a TV.

This new arrival from Hong Kong is set to put an end to the countless Game Boy Advance clones out there by stepping away from lackluster software emulation. Instead the K1 GBA features the system on a chip hardware solution which promises near perfect compatibility with the Game Boy Advance library, also holding the ability to connect up with an official system for multiplayer action.

The real power behind the K1 GBA lies within the system's bundled flash cartridge, the K-Card. This Game Boy Advance flash card not only allows you to load Game Boy Advance games from an SD card, but also NES, PC-Engine / Turbografx 16, Master System, Game Gear, Game Boy, and Game Boy Color ROMs.

But the K1 GBA's most appealing feature has to be the addition of TV Out. The supplied cable will have you casting aside your clunky Nintendo Gamecube and Game Boy Player Adapter, allowing you to enjoy the handheld action full-screen without the need of additional hardware.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well the K1 GBA is a readily available clone from Hong Kong which will set you back just $69.99. But enough talk, how about we take a look at this unofficial Game Boy Advance system in action.

Guided tour of the K1 GBA

Link: K1 GBA Official Website

Last Updated ( 29 July 2012 )  


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(Link to this comment) chocklo 2012-07-29 20:05
It certainly looks the business! If only they'd squeezed it into the original GBA shell...

I might give this one a go. Cheers for the heads-up Cauterize :D
(Link to this comment) JoeMD 2012-07-30 06:18
The only thing that would make this more perfect for me would be if it would emulate Mega Drive games. The face that it does GG, GBA, GBC and MS games is a big pull though. I might wait until a few more user reviews pop up, but this might be going on my X-Mas list! Will RC be doing a review?
(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2012-07-30 12:19
"Sounds too good to be true, right?"

Not really, if you actually bother to read the product description. Hardware emulation does not make it more accurate than a software emulator, although reading the specs it does seem like they have gone further than the average HK clone maker to ensure compatibility.

"But the K1 GBA's most appealing feature has to be the addition of TV Out. The supplied cable will have you casting aside your clunky Nintendo Gamecube and Game Boy Player Adapter,"

Casting aside a unit that does wonderfully crisp 480p component for a crappy composite only HK bootleg, um, no I don't think so. Even if you can't find the expensive Gamecube component cables you're still going to get much better quality out of the GBA player using a SCART lead.
(Link to this comment) 260z 2012-08-11 22:53
i would'nt bother at the moment - I just received my two units - Whilst the units themselves seem fine - Little thin on the plastic but not a problem, the screen is crisp and very bright and clear - I have a problem with the d pad. It's not responsive. When you press the button there is a click as if it has made contact underneath but it does'nt move the characters on screen you have to push even harder for it to actually make any contact at all :( It means Mario Kart is pretty much useless. I can upload a video to youtube if anyone would like to see what i mean. it looks like a design floor as I bought two units and both are the same. Just emailed them now to see how i go about returning them as there is seriously no point :( Shame really as the screen is a thing of joy compared to my SP's

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