reviews\ Sep 2, 2002 at 8:00 pm

gbaSKIN - GBA - Review

Ever wanted to have an American Flag-covered Game Boy Advance?  How about one that features characters from the popular anime series, Dirty Pair?  Or perhaps you’re looking for one that resembles the SNES controller.  Whatever your style is, your dreams can finally be a reality, thanks to gbaMOD, the makers of gbaSKIN.  gbaSKIN is a thin paper cover for Game Boy Advance.  There are over 60 different designs, with more being added all the time!  If none of the designs offered are what you’re looking for, you can visit the company’s Web site and post a request in their Skin Design Request Forum.

Sonic is one of the many designs offered
by gbaMOD.

If you’re concerned about covering your Game Boy with a gooey sticker that’s going to cause more trouble than it’s worth, I understand.  I used the SNES stickers that came in Nintendo Power Magazine several years ago, and my controllers have not felt the same since.  gbaSKIN is different.  The skins are not very sticky at all, so while they do adhere to your system, they won’t leave a gooey residue if you decide to take them off.  In fact, the gbaSKINs are intended to be applied and reapplied at your leisure.

I’ll bet you can figure out which game
inspired this skin!

As I said before, these skins are very thin.  Most controller/system skins have a hard feel, and some of them tend to add bulk to the grip.  Even a little bulk can be a pain when you’re used to playing with a certain size.  That’s not a problem here though.  The gbaSKINs add absolutely no grip to the system, and will not hinder your gameplay experience in any way.

This is one of the skins I received for
review.  Very nice, isn’t it?

The price is right, too.  Each gbaSKIN retails for a measly $4 – but after purchasing three of them, you can get additional skins for only three dollars.  If that doesn’t have “stocking stuffer” written all over it, then I don’t know what does!

I can still hear the theme from
Super Mario Bros. in my head…

A full list of the gbaSKINs can be found at


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