Got an email from the UK Maxim website saying that Nintendo is developing and testing a backlit version of the GBA with battery life of about 9 hours but aiming for 12.
They mentioned that it was in developement b/c third party companies were making kits.
Well the past few months with my GBA with the Afterburner have been great. I've spent more time on it and can acutally play Castlevania with the Afterburner. If Nintendo can come out with a competitive or better product I might buy another one. I have a lot of debris in mine. Nintendo might offer an upgrade to exisiting users...whether that's free or not (i.e. a kit) or just a discount on the newer GBA...who knows