Do you remember those Gameboy video cartridges from back in the day? They were pretty much a gimmick, but Movie-Paks were a cool piece of tech that allowed Nintendo to release full-length movies and shows on a game cartridge so consumers could watch them on their Gameboys at home. There were a decent number of movies released. Titles included Shrek, SpongeBob, Jimmy Neutron, and Pokémon. Of course, after the early 2000s, Nintendo stopped releasing these as the market saturated with ways to watch movies portably that weren’t in 280p resolution.
Bob Wulff, the prominent tech/gaming YouTuber, Nintendo enthusiast, and half of the Wulff brothers, recently decided that this is a trend that shouldn’t be left in the past. In a recent video, he documented how he took the blockbuster movie Tenet and transcribed it onto five Game Boy Advance Movie-Pak cartridges so that we can all enjoy the movie “as God intended.”
He’s been set on this project since early last year – in the midst of the pandemic – when director Christopher Nolan lamented the closing of movie theaters, stating that the film was best enjoyed on the big screen. It appears Wulff had been considering this idea for some time, and Nolan’s comments provided just the right amount of irony to prompt the video.
I’ve been a Wulff Den subscriber for about two years, so I just saw it as another one of Bob’s innovative projects, but the video has gained quite a bit of traction in the last week. At the time of writing (14 March) the video has over 300,000 views and has been reported on by a handful of high-profile sites including Kotaku, The Verge, and Mashable.
It’s great to see Bob getting some recognition for this project, I just hope Christopher Nolan sees it. Like many of the videos on the Wulff Den YouTube channel, this will likely inspire many others to do similar projects. In fact, it may not be long before we see a wave of big budget movies on the Gameboy Advance. One twitter user already put the original Tenet video onto a Movie-Pak cartridge, creating, essentially, Gameboy Inception.
What movies would you put on a Gameboy Advance for fun? Let us know in the comments below!