But it really shouldnt matter about a new version, no one has to buy it, it isnt like they are missing out on any games or anything.
Well, technically, you are. When you can't see the game unless you're sitting on the fucking sun, you're pretty much missing out.
My problem is Nintendo fucked up, and they KNOW they fucked up. There were tons of complaints regarding the lighting problem. Sure, previous systems weren't backlit either, but the GBA's screen is also much more reflective than them too. Hence, game lights wouldn't help. I should know, as I tried three difference brands, all with the same result. Imagine taking a picture of the GBA in Photoshop, and adding a huge Lens Flare filter.
So not even two years (the average release for any new system is 4-5 years) later, they come out with a backlit system. And it costs not a whole lot more than the original GBA. So if they could make a handheld with backlighting without forcing the consumer to spend a whole lot, WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST FUCKING DO SO FROM THE BEGINNING?
Imagine it like this: Say the original Gamecube wouldn't work properly with certain TVs, causing the picture to look rather shitty. Now, instead of an adapter, or a recall service, Nintendo releases a new Gamecube a year and a half later without that problem for $50 more. You want a Gamecube that allows you to see your games properly? You need to dish out $300 to buy a whole new system.
Sure, you don't NEED the new Gamecube, but it's very irritating having problems with the system. But more importantly, wouldn't you feel the least bit cheated for being a loyal consumer, and supporting Nintendo's GBA at the start? I know I do. I wish I had kown that 2 years later, they'd release a better handheld. I could have saved myself $80, and my eyes from being strained.