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Children's Video Game Review:    Gameboy Advance Video: SpongeBob Squarepants Volume 1 (for GameBoy Advance)

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For Nintendo GameBoy Advance

By Nintendo

Released: 2004

Reviewed: September 2004

Our Recommended Age: 7-up

Our Rating:  A




Buy: Game Boy Advance Video: SpongeBob SquarePants, Vol. 1















The GameBoy Advance is an Edutaining Kids Recommended product (with the SP edition featuring significant improvements to warrant its purchase). It's a fantastic portable gaming platform. 


GameBoy Advance Videos are now available for the platform. Kids can't interact with them, but for owners of the GameBoy Advance, these videos can bring welcome relief when families with young children are traveling—whether it's to the grocery store or to another city. Families can also take the videos along on trips to the doctor's office or any situation that requires kids  waiting patiently. The videos feature episodes of popular TV series in full color. Of course, the screen is only approximately 1.5 by 2.5 inches big, and the sound quality is not fantastic. However, kids love the videos. If big brother or sister already owns a GBA, many families will want to purchase at least one GBA Video for their preschoolers. Older kids might enjoy the videos as well, but usually don't enjoy watching them again and again. Preschoolers, however, are notorious for watching the same videos over and over. 


GameBoy Advance Video: SpongeBob Squarepants Volume 1 features 4 full Spongebob episodes: Bubblestand, Ripped Pants, Jellyfishing, and Plankton. Whether it's a contest to see who is the most talented at blowing bubbles, or a hilarious (and unintentional) case of ripped pants, these episodes are sure to delight young SpongeBob fans. One of our testers was delighted that some of her absolute favorite episodes were included in this volume. The series is zany and fun, and there's no contesting Spongebob's popularity. The four episodes contained in Volume 1 are superb.


This product runs 44 minutes total, and features the ability to pause the movie, control brightness, move to the previous or next chapter (using the Left and Right buttons), as well as fast forward and rewind capabilities. Parents are able to lock the directional pad control so that kids are unable to fast forward or rewind the movie.


Many children are attracted to the VideoNow unit, but if you already own a GameBoy Advance, these videos make more sense. The sound is superior, and the screen is larger. If it comes down to a choice between purchasing a VideoNow or a GameBoy Advance, keep in mind that the GameBoy Advance can do a lot more than just play videos. We recommend the GBA system.


Also available: Game Boy Advance Video: SpongeBob SquarePants, Vol. 2




  • Excellent for passing time on car trips and situations when young children have to wait.
  • Four full episodes with chaptering, fast forward and rewind, and pause features.





  • A tad pricey
  • Sound quality is not perfect, although young children are unlikely to notice.


Our Rating:



[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Game Boy Advance Video: SpongeBob SquarePants, Vol. 1]




Reviewed January 2005







See Also:

Our SpongeBob Squarepants article





Edutaining Kids Recommendation:

If you are purchasing a GameBoy Advance, consider the GameBoy Advance SP—its lit screen and rechargeable batteries are important and valuable features.   

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