Nintendo to Offer Pokémon Episodes on GBA

Handheld gaming units are no longer just for shooting aliens and rescuing damsels from giant monkeys. On June 21, Nintendo will launch a series Pokémon episodes under the new Game Boy Advance Video brand. The shows will be available on standard game cartridges that hold 45 minutes of full-color video and audio.

Now in its sixth season, the ever-popular Pokémon animated television series has seen more than 300 installments produced. The first Game Boy Advance Video offerings will consist of two "Video paks," one containing the episodes “Playing with Fire!” and “Johto Photo Finish,” and the other “A Hot Water Bottle” and “For Ho-Oh The Bells Toll!” Each pak will retail for the suggested price of $19.99.

George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior VP of marketing and corporate communications comments, “Pokémon is part of the first step in revolutionizing the nature of portable video entertainment, with eventual reach targeting all demographics.”

Pokémon, published by Nintendo, joins previously announced animation titles published by Majesco based on Nickelodeon, 4Kids Entertainment and Cartoon Network original programs. Initial releases will include top-rated shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Oddparents, Dora the Explorer and Codename: Kids Next Door, as well as franchise favorites like All Grown Up!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Strawberry Shortcake and Sonic X. Typically, two to four full episodes of an animated series will be included on each Video pak.

Pokémon: Advanced airs Saturdays on Kids’ WB! at 10 a.m.