The R and L buttons are still there. As for the X and Y buttons, those were on two of three possible model choices Nintendo was working on for the GBA 2. The first was a standard two button GBA featuring a backlit screen, which we got as the GBA SP. The second was a standard GBA backlit model with four buttons instead of two, which is what you are talking about. The third was a four button upgrade to the GBA that would have exclusive games not playable on the original GBA, but they probably figured it was still too early in the GBA's life to do that yet.Originally posted by James Boba Fettfield
So they decided to lose the X and Y buttons. I'm not sure if the R and L buttons are there or not. But anyway, did they decide that maybe adding the X and Y buttons would detract in some way, perhaps noting that the previous GBA was able to successfully emulate Super Nintendo games without those X and Y buttons.
Knowing Nintendo, at least one (if not both) of the other models are also in the works for some future release. The upgraded four button GBA will no doubt eventually evolve into what will become GBA's successor.