Game Boy Advance SP - Sound Problems

Important Note: Due to the higher quality sound system design used on the Game Boy Advance SP, some older games may have sound problems when played on the system. This is more of an aesthetic problem, and the game will still be fully playable. This may also occur when some older Game Boy games are played on the Game Boy Color.


  1. Make sure you are using only licensed accessories with your system. Unlicensed products are not fully compatible with Nintendo systems, and may not work correctly.
  2. Check to make sure the power light is on. If the light is not coming on, try our Power/battery charging troubleshooting.
  3. Try increasing the volume by adjusting the volume slider.
  4. If you are using the Headphone Adapter, remove the Headphone Adapter and see if the sound functions properly through the built-in speaker. If it does, try re-inserting the Headphone Adapter or using a different pair of headphones. If possible, try another Headphone Adapter.
  5. If the problem is occuring with only one game, please use our Game Pak troubleshooting section.

If the above information did not help resolve the problem, then your system will need to be repaired or replaced. Please click here to find out what options are available for repair or replacement of your product.