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

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]


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.


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]

GBA Video Movie Pak vol. 1[edit]

GBA Video Movie Pak vol. 2[edit]

GBA Video Movie Pak vol. 3[edit]

GBA Video Movie Pak 2-Movies-In-1![edit]

GBA Video Movie Pak 2-Movies-In-1! Vol. 2[edit]

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius vol. 1[edit]

  • "Brobot"
  • "The Big Pinch"
  • "Granny Baby"
  • "Time is Money"

All Grown Up! vol. 1[edit]

  • "Susie Sings the Blues"
  • "Coup de Ville"

Cartoon Network Collection vol. 1[edit]

Cartoon Network Collection vol. 2[edit]

Cartoon Network Collection Limited Edition[edit]

Cartoon Network Collection Platinum Edition[edit]

Cartoon Network Collection Premium Edition[edit]

Cartoon Network Collection Special Edition[edit]

Codename: Kids Next Door vol. 1[edit]

  • "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 Collection vol. 1[edit]

Disney Channel Collection vol. 2[edit]

Dora the Explorer vol. 1[edit]

  • "3 Little Piggies"
  • "The Big River"

Dragon Ball GT vol. 1[edit]

  • "A Grand Problem"
  • "Pan's Gambit"

The Fairly OddParents vol. 1[edit]

  • "Foul Balled"
  • "The Boy Who Would Be Queen"
  • "The Information Stupor Highway"

The Fairly OddParents vol. 2[edit]

  • "Father Time"
  • "Apartnership"
  • "Ruled Out"
  • "That's Life"

Nicktoons Collection vol. 1[edit]

Nicktoons Collection vol. 2[edit]

Nicktoons Collection vol. 3[edit]

Pokémon vol. 1[9][edit]

  • "For Ho Oh The Bells Toll"
  • "A Hot Water Battle"

Pokémon vol. 2[9][edit]

  • "Playing with Fire"
  • "Johto Photo Finish"

Pokémon vol. 3[9][edit]

Pokémon vol. 4[9][edit]

  • "Beach Blank-Out Blastoise"
  • "Go West Young Meowth"

The Proud Family vol. 1[edit]

  • "Twins to Teens"
  • "Tween Town"

Sonic X vol. 1[edit]

  • "Chaos Control Freaks"
  • "Sonic to the Rescue"

SpongeBob SquarePants vol. 1[edit]

  • "Bubblestand"
  • "Ripped Pants"
  • "Jellyfishing"
  • "Plankton!"

SpongeBob SquarePants vol. 2[edit]

  • "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy"
  • "Pickles"
  • "Hall Monitor"
  • "Jellyfish Jam"

SpongeBob SquarePants vol. 3[edit]

  • "Walking Small"
  • "Texas"
  • "Hooky"
  • "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy II"

Strawberry Shortcake vol. 1[edit]

  • "Meet Strawberry Shortcake"
  • "Spring for Strawberry Shortcake"

Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! vol. 1[edit]

  • "Depths of Fear"
  • "Planetoid Q"

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vol. 1[edit]

  • "Things Change"
  • "A Better Mousetrap"

Yu-Gi-Oh! vol. 1[edit]

  • "Friends Until the End Part 3"
  • "Friends Until the End Part 4"

Cancelled titles

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

Sonic X vol. 2


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vol. 2


Yu-Gi-Oh! vol. 2


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

See also


  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). 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. ^[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". Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 11, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b c d " 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.