Gaming Movies That Only Got a GBA Game Tie In?

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I know this is a bit random but does anyone know of any movies or TV shows with tie-in games that were made only for the GBA?

I only know of 2:

Ballistic: Ecks Vs Sever (I think everyone knows this one.)
A Sound of Thunder (Low budget sci-fi cheese. I think I'm the only person who actually liked that film!)

At first, I thought Samurai Deeper Kyo was another but I later found there was a Playstation game too.

So, any others?
 

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Tricky one.
Normally the portable versions, often made by a completely different company, are so radically different (and occasionally actually good to the almost pure shovelware of such properties on home consoles and PCs of the day), and might even vary between systems that I tend to consider them individually or separately from their home console brethren which tend to be much of a muchness*. For instance the pirates of the caribbean dead man's chest game for the GBA is surprisingly good, the DS one was a cheap and cheerful and largely inoffensive tie in game. As the GBA overlapped with the GBC some of the same applies there too where you get the "we really know this hardware and can make it sing" situation.
PC gaming was also "dead" or at the very least "dying" for much of the GBA (people that played PC games did not believe it and were playing good stuff but it was the narrative of many in the gaming press) and not like today, also plenty of things got truly abysmal want to be flash games for the PC if they were Disney related.

*occasionally the xbox or GC would get a later release slightly tweaked port of the PS2 effort but it was rarely a SNES Capcom Aladdin vs megadrive/genesis Virgin Aladdin situation.

Are we ignoring anime and mainland Europe comic books are part of this as there were a few cartoons and comics in Germany, France, the Netherlands and I think even Denmark at times*? Fortunately most of those were even tighter budget junk (can't really sell Titeuf outside of French and maybe Italian speaking areas) or just edutainment, the usual breakout of Asterix I don't want to consider as that gets more complex than street fighter sequels at times. Equally a few might have been region exclusives -- Monsters, Inc. PS2 only hit NA (for good reason) but the GBA and GBC versions made it everywhere. Likewise plenty of things got flash games (every kid's TV/film company wanted a flash games portal back when) and likely some j2me phone things, plus whatever was going on in Japanese phones of the day.

*Pixeline i Pixieland, one of the long running Pixeline franchise, is arguably the last new GBA game dumped (there is some contention on the timings here, not to mention the undumped Shrek whole films have since been dumped -- https://mgba.io/2015/10/20/dumping-the-undumped/ ) and was a Denmark exclusive.

I don't know where you are heading with this -- if you are trying to correlate what got what for some kind of business analysis then OK, if you are looking for games I am back on them being so radically different.

Crawfish Interactive, the ones that did the first Ecks vs Sever game you mentioned, did a fair line in tie in games.

Do I get to count Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend in this? It was not based on a film that I know of... actually might have to do a thread on that one.

Ozzy & Drix got a GBA entry. Though I suppose this was a cartoon more than the film (Osmosis Jones was the film, Ozzy & Drix was the cartoon followup for it). No other games I know of and a token search cared to show.

Spy Muppets: License to Croak was not based on a film and had a PC entry of the same name. Otherwise was only GBA.

The Haunted Mansion I probably should note in my quest to continue making people aware of unreleased GBA games, though there are far better unreleased GBA games you can play.

Gumby vs. the Astrobots was the only game as far as I know featuring a clay animation character more popular in the US.

Animaniacs: Lights, Camera, Action had a DS version as well but I will note it as part of this. Happened some time after the TV show was cancelled too (I think it syndicated fairly well).

Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded got a GBA entry and nothing else.
Speaking of disney there will probably be a bunch of live action 2000s TV shows that got games here and maybe did not warrant a home console offering -- something like That's so Raven.

Justice League: Injustice for All was a GBA exclusive and seemingly based on the animated TV show of the era.

Going a bit off track then Star Wars: The New Droid Army. Standalone GBA game with no equivalents on anything else. There are plenty of GBA games that tell essentially the same story but are different games (Lord of the rings GBA entries vs their PS2 counterparts are very different but will be a play along at home/remember the high points from the films) but that was a sort of interquel.

The Powerpuff Girls: HIM and Seek was a GBA entry, though there are plenty of other things based on the franchise for other things.

While I am in the weeds The Wild Thornberrys got a few things.

Staying in the weeds The Three Stooges was something of a port of the Amiga game (though NES or Apple II will be the more remembered versions outside places where the Amiga was popular), though a PS1 version hit around the same time. I have not properly compared all the different versions out there though.

Lost in the weeds now so Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King. There was another game in the franchise for the home consoles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds) but this was GBA and only GBA.

Back to cartoons Mucha Lucha! Mascaritas of the Lost Code was the only game that the franchise got, and was nasty cash in games at their height of awfulness.

Brother Bear apparently saw the usual junk PC version but was on the GBA, phones of the day and not a lot else. Spy Kids later got a DS game but I think was also PC and GBA.

I am going to start drifting back into games that were standalone stories on the GBA so I will leave it there for now.

How much of all this I would suggest you go back and play today... very little actually. The Lord of the Rings games mentioned in passing are well worth a look, though read what they are about beforehand as they are not all the same style, and maybe pick up some nice saves, cheats and hacks. Bruce Lee if only to compare to something like Ninja Cop/Ninja 5 0 and most other things will probably come with a "if you are a fan of the franchise then maybe" preface.
 
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The Haunted Mansion I probably should note in my quest to continue making people aware of unreleased GBA games, though there are far better unreleased GBA games you can play.

Maybe make a small list and description of the ones that are worth looking at, if you have not already? I'm mostly familiar with Broken Circle and Motocross Challenge... the password saving in the last one made lose my interest.
 
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Maybe make a small list and description of the ones that are worth looking at, if you have not already? I'm mostly familiar with Broken Circle and Motocross Challenge... the password saving in the last one made lose my interest.

We had a conversation a few years back which covered some of it
https://gbatemp.net/threads/comprehensive-hosting-site-list-of-leaked-unreleased-games.342235/
It is not a name, paragraph on background and quality thing like I imagine you are looking for (thinking https://gbatemp.net/threads/card-games-on-the-ds-a-discussion-of-things.332152/ but for unreleased GBA games). Best I can offer there is if anything came up on https://gbatemp.net/threads/links-to-various-gbatemp-features-over-the-years.352851/ then yeah. Looking at it though most of those will be mentions in passing rather than the focus of a given thread.
 
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Hehe. A GBA Thread.

Well, as far as "Movie Tie ins" go, look no further (and perhaps start learning german)..

This good old site: http://planetgameboy.de/spiele.html reviewed dozens of games.
(Actually... you might want to sort the game by score... the badder, the more likely it was a movie tie in game)

They especially dreaded Movie Tie in games (but were always impressed when a game like the aforementioned EvS came out good), and reviewed dozens of them.
If anything this might be a good point to start.

Otherwise ?

Scrounging Release Sites that list all 2k something games and picking out the ones that fall inbetween the GBA's release and the DS's (because the DS got quite a few "enchanced" gba tie-ins...)
 
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