Game Boy Advance Video
Media typeVideo recording media
Capacity32MB & 64MB
Developed byMajesco Entertainment
UsageHome video, feature films
Released2004
Discontinued2007

Game Boy Advance Video was a format for putting full color, full-motion videos onto Game Boy Advance ROM cartridges. These videos were playable using the Game Boy Advance system's screen and sound hardware. The cartridges were manufactured by Majesco Entertainment and licensed exclusively to Nintendo, except for the Pokémon Game Boy Advance Video cartridges, which were published by Nintendo. Most cartridges were developed by DC Studios, Inc.,[1] except for the few labelled "Movie Pak" which were developed by 4Kids Entertainment's subsidiary 4Kids Technology, Inc.[2] The video cartridges are colored white for easy identification and are sold as Game Boy Advance Video Paks. The Game Boy Advance Video game paks offer the same 240×160 resolution as standard Game Boy Advance games, except for the Shrek and Shark Tale pack, which is at 112p.[3]

History

The product was originally announced as GBA-TV in 2003.[4] Game Boy Advance Video Paks first became available in North America in May 2004. In June 2004, Majesco had expanded its Game Boy Advance Video licenses into other categories. They had also expanded the library to include shows from Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network, and Funimation, in addition to the existing 4Kids cartridges. In November 2004, Majesco started to sell GBA Video Paks featuring several Disney Channel animated series, including Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Kim Possible, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, and The Proud Family. In November 2005, Majesco began to sell GBA Video Paks featuring full-length animated films from DreamWorks Animation including Shrek 2 and Shark Tale.[5] A special GBA Video Pak containing the films Shrek and Shark Tale combined into one cartridge was released in 2006.[6]

Copy protection

Game Boy Advance Video Paks are viewable only on Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DS Lite systems, as the owners of copyright in the television shows requested that Majesco prevent people from using the GameCube's Game Boy Player accessory to play and record the shows onto VHS tapes or DVDs. However, the low resolution and mono sound would result in a low-quality video output on a TV regardless. Unlike Sony's PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox video game consoles, the Nintendo GameCube cannot output Macrovision gain-control copy distortion signals.[citation needed] The GBA Video Paks perform a check when inserted into the Game Boy Player, using the same logo authentication method used by Game Boy Advance games that support controller rumble, and will freeze with the message "Not compatible with Game Boy Player" if they detect the Game Boy Player in use.

Disadvantages

Because of the low capacity of Game Boy Advance cartridges (normally ranging from 4 to 32 MB, though the video cartridges can reach sizes of 64 MB) and the length of the video content (generally feature-length movies and episodes), GBA Video Paks are heavily compressed, with visual artifacts marring nearly every frame. The image quality has a similar appearance to early Cinepak compression, and the "quilting" and color bleeding effect found in other compressed video formats is also present. The opening theme for Pokémon is also slightly shortened. Also, in cases where certain videos are available both as a 45-minute two-part episodes or a 22-minute edited version, the 22-minute version is used. The proprietary codec created by DC Studios is described in detail in the Majesco patents.[7]

Additional information

Game Boy Advance Video Paks were the feature prize in Vol. 183 of Nintendo Power Magazine, as part of its players poll sweepstakes, in which five grand prize winners would receive a Game Boy Advance SP and twenty GBA Video Paks. Most GBA Video Paks cost US$9.95 and feature 40 to 45 minutes of video content. GBA Video Movie Paks cost US$19.99 and feature up to a 90-minute movie.

Some GBA Video Movie Paks came packaged with headphones.

List of published titles

The following titles and episodes were released in the Game Boy Advance Video:[8]

Feature-length movies

Three feature-length movies and two compilations were released:

All movies are rated PG by the MPA. Individual movie cartridges retain the full credits sequence with music, while on compilations, credits are text only and accelerated.

Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network Collection
Title Runtime Episodes
Show Title
Volume 1 44:00 Ed, Edd 'n Eddy "Stop, Look and Ed"
Courage the Cowardly Dog "Magic Tree of Nowhere"
Johnny Bravo "The Perfect Gift"
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy "Crawling Niceness"
Volume 2 44:00 Codename: Kids Next Door "Operation T.U.R.N.I.P."
Courage the Cowardly Dog "Courage the Fly"
Johnny Bravo "Balloon Platoon"
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy "Mandy the Merciless"
Limited 44:00 Ed, Edd 'n Eddy Key to My Ed"
Courage the Cowardly Dog "The Queen of the Black Puddle"
Codename: Kids Next Door "Operation M.I.N.I.G.O.L.F."
Dexter's Laboratory "Big Sister"
Platinum 44:00 Codename: Kids Next Door "Operation T.O.M.M.Y."
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy "A Grim Surprise"
Courage the Cowardly Dog "Cowboy Courage"
Ed, Edd 'n Eddy "The Luck of the Ed"
Premium 44:00 Dexter's Laboratory "Double Trouble"
Courage the Cowardly Dog "The Shadow of Courage"
Johnny Bravo "Cookie Crisis"
Ed, Edd 'n Eddy "A Glass of Warm Ed"
Special 44:00 Ed, Edd 'n Eddy "Oath to an Ed"
Johnny Bravo "Beach Blanket Bravo"
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy "Billy and the Bully"
Dexter's Laboratory "Dexter's Rival"
Codename: Kids Next Door
Title Runtime Episodes
Volume 1 44:00 "Operation R.E.P.O.R.T."
"Operation N.O.-P.O.W.U.H."
"Operation B.R.I.E.F."
"Operation D.O.G.F.I.G.H.T."


Disney Channel

Disney Channel Collection
Title Runtime Episodes
Show Title
Volume 1 44:00 Lilo & Stitch "Slushy"
Kim Possible "Ron the Man"
Volume 2 44:00 Lilo & Stitch "Poxy"
Kim Possible "Rufus in Show"
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers "To The Moon Mr. Whiskers"
The Proud Family
Title Runtime Episodes
Volume 1 44:00 "Twins to Teens"
"Tween Town"


Nickelodeon

Nicktoons Collection
Title Runtime Episodes
Show Title Number
Volume 1 45:02 SpongeBob SquarePants "Pizza Delivery" 5a
The Fairly OddParents "The Big Problem" 1a
All Grown Up! "Chuckie's In Love" 6
Volume 2 45:02 SpongeBob SquarePants "Nature Pants" 9a
SpongeBob SquarePants "Opposite Day" 9b
Rocket Power "The Big Air Dare" 19a
The Fairly OddParents "Odd Ball" 36b
Volume 3 45:02 SpongeBob SquarePants "Squeaky Boots" 8b
The Fairly OddParents "Tim Visible" 12a
Danny Phantom "Attack of the Killer Garage Sale" 4

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius

All Grown Up!

Dora the Explorer

The Fairly OddParents Volume 1

The Fairly OddParents Volume 2

SpongeBob SquarePants (season 1)
Title Total
runtime
Episodes
Title No. Runtime
Volume 1 44:00 "Bubblestand" 2a 11:05
"Ripped Pants" 2b 11:05
"Jellyfishing" 3a 11:05
"Plankton!" 3b 11:05
Volume 2 44:00 "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy" 6a 11:05
"Pickles" 6b 11:05
"Hall Monitor" 7a 11:05
"Jellyfish Jam" 7b 11:05
Volume 3 44:00 "Texas" 18a 11:05
"Walking Small" 18b 11:05
"Hooky" 20a 11:05
"Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy II" 20b 11:05

Pokémon

Pokémon
Title Total
Runtime
Episodes
Title Runtime
Volume 1 41:29 "A Hot Water Battle" 20:43
"For Ho-Oh The Bells Toll!" 20:46
Volume 2 41:31 "Playing with Fire" 20:48
"Johto Photo Finish" 20:43
Volume 3 42:35 "Pokémon, I Choose You!" 21:17
"Here Comes the Squirtle Squad" 21:18
Volume 4 43:13 "Beach Blank-Out Blastoise" 22:06
"Go West, Young Meowth" 21:07
Reference: [9]

Volumes 1 and 2 consist of episodes from Pokémon: Master Quest, with one exception: "A Hot Water Battle" is from Pokémon: Johto League Champions.
Volumes 3 and 4 consist of episodes from Pokémon: Indigo League.

Others

Dragon Ball GT Volume 1

Sonic X Volume 1

Strawberry Shortcake: Summertime Adventure Special Edition

Strawberry Shortcake Volume 1

Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Volume 1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 1

Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 1

Cancelled titles

The following Game Boy Advance Video titles were planned but never saw a public release.

Sonic X vol. 2

[10]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vol. 2

[11]

Yu-Gi-Oh! vol. 2

[11]

In addition, a title containing episodes of Kirby: Right Back At Ya! were planned, but what the episodes would've been are unknown.[citation needed]

See also

References

  1. ^ GBA Video by DC Studios - IGN, 6 May 2004, retrieved 2020-06-27
  2. ^ "Cartoons Come To Nintendo's Game Boy Advance As 4Kids Entertainment Launches GBA-TV" (PDF). 4kidsentertainment.com. May 13, 2003. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 14, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Cole, Michael (2004-04-28). "Hip Interactive Brings GBA Video to Canada". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/TanookiKuribo/status/1258062423719886849/photo/3[bare URL]
  5. ^ "Shrek Set for GBA Video - IGN". 25 July 2005.
  6. ^ "Game Boy Advance Video: Shrek / Shark Tale for Game Boy Advance - GameFAQs".
  7. ^ "Search Patents - Justia Patents Search". patents.justia.com. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  8. ^ "Nintendo GBA Video". Archived from the original on March 11, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "Serebii.net GBA Video Listings".
  10. ^ "Game Boy Advance Video: Sonic X - Volume 2 – Release Details". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  11. ^ a b Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Game Boy Advance Video - The Worst Video Format!? - MMZ". YouTube.