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The History of Gaming Cartoons

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the i-owned-captain-n-comics dept.

Television 71

1up.com has a feature up delving into the History of Video Game Cartoons, from the quirky Q-Bert to the much maligned Captain N. From the article: "Memories, however, can be problematic. Even when they're good, they can still suck pretty bad. Take, for example, your first ride on a two-wheeler bike. You experienced a short thrill of speed and independence, and then took a nasty spill, tore the seat of your pants to reveal your underwear to your childhood crush, and then likely started crying like a little girl." So true, so true.

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Jonny Quest Rules! (0, Offtopic)

Spock the Baptist (455355) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209243)

Nuff Said...

Needs an addendum? (1)

TyfStar (747185) | more than 9 years ago | (#12212154)

The article does leave quite a bit lacking. Maybe there should be a followup article about

A) Cartoons that go into the digital world, like the new Johnny Quest, and maybe Teen Titans.

B) Cartoons based off of games... not just video games. Yu-Gi-Oh should at least have an honerable mention there.

C) Live shows based off of games. I was looking for the live-person Super Mario Bros in there.. and it actually took me a while to realize it wasnt' a cartoon. It always felt like one.

Anything else someone was looking for in that article but never saw?

Just one letter (3, Funny)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209262)

"You experienced a short thrill of speed and independence, and then took a nasty pill, tore the seat of your pants to reveal your underwear to your childhood crush, and then likely started crying like a little girl."

It's amazing how much one letter can make a difference.

Re:Just one letter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12209820)

damn - i dont want *any* of the chems you're taking if they tear through the seat of your pants. instant explosive diarrhea pills are they?

Saturday "Starcade" bah. (3, Informative)

GTarrant (726871) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209288)

Perhaps it shows my age, but if I recall, it was the Saturday Supercade. I even have the theme music somewhere. (Yes it's supercade time, let's have some supercade fun fun fun!)

Starcade was a completely different show, which if I recall was more a game-show type.

T.

Re:Saturday "Starcade" bah. (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209734)

Yep, Starcade for a time was hosted by Geoff Edwards, who was at least twice the age of every contestant on the show. The contestants played a variety of arcade games for a ridiculously short amount of time in an effort to get the highest score possible. The format worked well enough for games like Galaga, but having only 30 seconds of gameplay made the oft-featured Dragon's Lair seem pointless.

Re:Saturday "Starcade" bah. (0, Offtopic)

Luigi30 (656867) | more than 9 years ago | (#12210354)

In the all-Dragon's Lair special, they had [b]60[/b] seconds. That's "special".

I concur (1)

JimTheta (115513) | more than 9 years ago | (#12211236)

That was the first thing that came to mind when I got to that page: "It's Supercade, idiots!" How can you do enough research to get screenshots but not get the title right?

1983? (2, Interesting)

vistic (556838) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209306)

I think the Pac-Man cartoon is my first memory ever I can recall of watching *any* TV program.

Re:1983? (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12211110)

Out of the list, the only one that I can remember watching is Pac-Man (perhaps because many of those listed are from the 90s) and I only watched that one sparingly.

Overall, not a very impressive list. Almost as impessive as movies made from video games :)

(BTW, the parent is far from offtopic, Mods)

Not me!!!! (4, Funny)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209331)

then likely started crying like a little girl

Bah, when I was 6 I fell off my bike and immediately started crying like a grown man.

A short-lived recent one (3, Interesting)

cgenman (325138) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209403)

Game over [gameover.tv] . Far above par for a show about videogames.

The reviewer failed to point out the best part of Captain N: he could pause time. Yes, by pressing start on that controller of his, Captain N could pause the world around him. He could run to the bus on time, he could pause (though not rewind) live TV, and he could take the super mega weapon of death from the bad guy's hand. Thus the controller was Captain N's Voltron Sword, rendering entire episodes (and arguably, the series) pointless.

Re:A short-lived recent one (0, Offtopic)

Fred Or Alive (738779) | more than 9 years ago | (#12210601)

He'd be screwed if he ever came up against PVRman then. That fucker can rewind time!

Re:A short-lived recent one (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 9 years ago | (#12214862)

Game over. Far above par for a show about videogames.

That's like being, to blatantly steal a line from John Flansburgh, being the tallest midget.

The best show about video games so far, unfortunately, is Starcade, the old arcade game show they used to air, long ago, on TBS.

Re:A short-lived recent one (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#12220123)

Thus the controller was Captain N's Voltron Sword, rendering entire episodes (and arguably, the series) pointless.

Perhaps he only got one Pause per t seconds, and he had to save it for those moments when he really needed it.

Re:A short-lived recent one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12223225)

IIRC, the top of the controller had a series of lights that represented "power". Using his Zapper, pressing the A-Button (Super Jump), the D-Pad (Short distance teleport), and Start (Freeze time), all consumed energy. There were a few times when he found himself without sufficient energy to perform some of those actions.

The pause feature only lasted a few seconds as well.

tonight's Futurama (2, Insightful)

eamonman (567383) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209423)

One of my favorite episodes! The 80's cartoon parody what if episode. Watch it right now.

Re:tonight's Futurama (1)

BTWR (540147) | more than 9 years ago | (#12210145)

Increase Speed!
Drop down!
Reverse direction!

This could be any of my Saturdays (1)

FoxWing (796255) | more than 9 years ago | (#12213998)

Alright. Its saturday night. I have no date, a 2 litre bottle of shasta and my all rush mix tape. Lets rock!

Fav VG Cartoon (2, Interesting)

FalleStar (847778) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209490)

I'd have to say hands down my favorite video game cartoon series was the Super Mario ones. I used to watch those all the time as a kid, luckly I snagged the DVD that had something like 6-9 episodes on it. Ahh... good times.

Re:Fav VG Cartoon (1, Interesting)

fishmasta (827305) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209537)

Is it the full show or just the cartoon part?

Re:Fav VG Cartoon (1)

FalleStar (847778) | more than 9 years ago | (#12220967)

It's just a DVD I bought from Babbages, it's not the Super Mario Brothers Super Show (the one that actually had the parts with real people acting) the episodes are from the Super Mario Brothers series. Which is sort of unfortunate since I do prefer the Super Show, but oh well any kind of memorabilia like this deserves a spot on my DVD rack. If you're interested in it here's the link [amazon.com]

There's another DVD, but I haven't seen that around yet, I'll have to keep a watch out for it I guess.

pssh (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12209503)

what about gaming cartoons not released in america? mahoujin guru guru is the most hilarious EVAR

Re:pssh (1)

cyrax777 (633996) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209759)

best rpg parody ever

What was the Nick show? (2)

djdanlib (732853) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209593)

What was that Nickelodeon game show, where you had to play video games? There were a few good games on that show... and that Mikey on the sidewalk game!

Re:What was the Nick show? (3, Informative)

bmorton (170477) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209735)

That was Nick Arcade, and if you look hard enough, you'll find that they still air the reruns.

-B

Re:What was the Nick show? (1)

Mike Rubits (818811) | more than 9 years ago | (#12210449)

It's mostly on that Nick Games and Sports channel. Which is mostly all the "retro" shows.

Re:What was the Nick show? (1)

svallarian (43156) | more than 9 years ago | (#12237678)

and now you can buy a ps2 eyetoy and play the same games at home.

how cool is that?

I rode a dirtbike before a bicycle (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209596)

Let me tell you something, you need to balance, just not hit the accelerator.

But its good to have a 22 year old memory.

Oh reminds me of my other dirt bike story. I saw starwars, and thought you didn't need a trail to go through the woods. In fact I thought you could go full speed through the woods since I saw my friends disappear into them(they found a trail). So I'm plowing through full tilt, about 20 feet into the forest, a monkey vine snags my neck, and the bike falls on my leg. The not so fun part is that bike engines are hot and it left this burn scar for 6-8 years afterwards on my knee. So I know how kids are influenced by movies. I wasn't like,"Oh Starwars, let me go try this out." I was thinking,"Man, it seems like everyone can drive full speed through the woods."

Re:I rode a dirtbike before a bicycle (1)

jea6 (117959) | more than 9 years ago | (#12214625)

Similar, not so Star-Wars related experience. I flipped over the handlebars and landed with my right calf on the exhaust. I had heard that the best remedy for 1st/2nd degree burns (after a potato) is alcohol. So I got back on the bike, drove to a nearby farm and proceeded to compress alcohol-soaked gauze on the two wounds. That hurt like heck but the wounds scarred real nice.

ReBoot (4, Interesting)

Tirlas (872505) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209600)

ReBoot has always taken a place in my heart. It motivated me to become a CS major, and gave me an interest in graphics. MainFrame came out with two-movies continuing from season 3 which were later released as epis 1-8 of season 4. I wish they would at least finish that season. Further there was an Imax movie where Herr Doktor explored Hexidecimal's mind... at least from what I've read.

Re:ReBoot (1)

thebudgie (810919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12210711)

I loved this when they showed it on ITV when I was a kid. I always wondered what happened to it after the second series...

Re:ReBoot (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 9 years ago | (#12214760)

> I loved this when they showed it on ITV when I was a kid. I always wondered what happened to it
> after the second series...

The third season will blow you away. If you like Reboot, you owe it to yourself to watch it. It is the only season to have been released on DVD, so you can get easily from Amazon or elsewhere.

Chris Mattern

Re:ReBoot (1)

thebudgie (810919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12216826)

Noooo why did you have to let me know about this. I was quite happy in my ignorance. Now I'm gonna have to spend money. And I see a 4th season too. AAAAAaaaaaaaahhhh!!!

Re:ReBoot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12220043)

Reboot seson III has been out of print for a long time now. Nobody has it in stock, not even amazon.

Re:ReBoot (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 9 years ago | (#12221673)

Hmm. It does appear to be out of print. Amazon claims they can still special order it, though. If worse comes to worst, you should be able to score a copy on eBay.

Chris Mattern

Re:ReBoot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12253047)

I loved this when they showed it on ITV when I was a kid.

You watched reboot when you were a kid? What are you, like seventeen years old now? Do your mommy and daddy know that you read slashdot?

Re:ReBoot (1)

RevKa (738601) | more than 9 years ago | (#12214411)

As I recall.. ReBoot's story played out to a close on Cartoon Network, some years later. They pressed (what I thought were) the edges of the world that ReBoot had made. Acknowledgment, and actual travel through the internet. to a kid, this was great stuff.

I wonder what the game creators ever saw thoose (3, Interesting)

Ailure (853833) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209644)

Becuse after all, there is so many errors in thoose old TV series compared to the Video games. Cavemen in SMW? Real world in SMB3? And when did Link live together with Zelda?

Of course, I loved this shows as kid. Becuse it had my favorite charachter, thought you realise how bad they are when youre older... and now you're used with having Charles Martinet as the offical Mario voice.

Do the Mario song is still a classic, becuse it's bad in a funny way.

That's Mickey Mouse! *mental bsod* (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#12220176)

and now you're used with having Charles Martinet as the offical Mario voice.

That really bugged me when Super Mario 64 came out. I was so used to the voice of Mario from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World series (which incidentally wasn't Capt. Lou Albano, who played Mario in both the live-action and cel-animated segments in SMB Super Show) that I had a brief petit mal after hearing "It's-a-me, Mario! ... Hello!" in a voice that clearly wasn't what I thought of as Mario's.

Others (1)

M3wThr33 (310489) | more than 9 years ago | (#12209679)

I really like Bomberman Jetters. I wish they'd find a way to bring it over here. There can never be enough Bomberman.

Bah! (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 9 years ago | (#12210018)

" tore the seat of your pants to reveal your underwear to your childhood crush, and then likely started crying like a little girl."

Serves you right for trying to show off your mad bicycling skillz to her to begin with. You should have suffered your crush in silence like the rest of us! That way, you'd be starting down the road to becoming a bona fide stalker!

Really, would you rather have this embarassing memory, or leave recordings on her answering machine of you breathing deeply?

Fridays on the Super Mario Super Show! (2, Interesting)

BTWR (540147) | more than 9 years ago | (#12210140)

My friends and I always looked forward to fridays, cuz we could see The Legend of Zelda episodes that day!

Re:Fridays on the Super Mario Super Show! (1)

DeVryGuy23 (869999) | more than 9 years ago | (#12211562)

"Well Excuuuuuuuuse me, princess!" -- Link, every 5 seconds on the damned show

Re:Fridays on the Super Mario Super Show! (1)

IntergalacticWalrus (720648) | more than 9 years ago | (#12215069)

Luckily, thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can experience this annoyance again, in even worse format:
www.wellexcusemeprincess.com

Re:Fridays on the Super Mario Super Show! (1)

Momoru (837801) | more than 9 years ago | (#12213756)

Ah the Super Mario Super Show...my favorite show as a kid. If anyone has an mp3 of both of the opening title raps i'd love it.

Re:Fridays on the Super Mario Super Show! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12227640)

I have that, although I can't send them to you since I don't have your e-mail address... Drop me a note at interordi[at]interordi[dot]com and I'll hook you up!

Re:Fridays on the Super Mario Super Show! (1)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12213775)

Those were, and thankfully still are, totally and completely for awesome.

Re:Fridays on the Super Mario Super Show! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12215099)

Arguably the best 15 minutes of TV a week any pre-teen could watch in those days. The rest of the show was utter drek by comparison.

And to this day I'm *still* waiting for a full-length Legend of Zelda TV show (hasn't it been about *5* Zelda sequels since?!?!?).

Missed Games (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12210595)

Can anyone think of any games that were missed? I seem to remember cartoons based on Wing Commander and Mortal Kombat that showed on USA.

Re:Missed Games (1)

Ailure (853833) | more than 9 years ago | (#12217943)

Not a cartoon, but there was a Wing Commander movie. Then, the Wing Commander game was a movie/game hybrid in itself.

Re:Missed Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12222108)

I could have sworn there was a carton of Wing Commander on USA. It was set around the pilots during their training days.

Re:Missed Games (1)

Captain Fallout (704318) | more than 9 years ago | (#12223230)

There was a Wing Commander Academy cartoon that aired on USA. Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, Thomas Wilson and Dana Delany all voiced characters.

Re:Missed Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12232171)

There definitely was a Wing Commander Academy cartoon - you can search for it, it's currently legally available as download *somewhere*. But it was only ~13 episodes, so maybe it wasn't seen as important enough.

Re:Missed Games (1)

basscomm (122302) | more than 9 years ago | (#12219626)

They forgot the Battletoads Cartoon [retrojunk.com] .

Re:Missed Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12219647)

Ya there was a Mortal Combat cartoon that aired just a halfhour before the Street Fighter cartoon then like a hour latter there was the Wing Commander cartoon. They all aired on the USA network at the same time. I also remember they had this crazy bit were this bad guy who appeared in all the cartoons one sat morning (Savage Dragon comic was another cartoon at the time). It end with the Wing Cammander cartoon. It was some crazy shit man.

You young whippersnappers (3, Funny)

the_skywise (189793) | more than 9 years ago | (#12210775)

Try going back and watching Star Trek: The Animated Series. I had fond memories of seeing that in my jammies on Saturday morning with a bowl of cereal. Life just didn't get any better.

Then I watched a few episodes recently. Oooh boy. There are actually some decent stories but the production values are just...blech...

(On a side note, anyone seen the Flash Gordon animation series by Filmation floating around on the net? I've been wanting to see that again, but I can't turn it up anywhere)

Now Space Academy... THERE was s show...

They forgot... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12210831)

Remember Video Power, the proto-G4 video games show? In their first season they had a cartoon called "Power Team", which was a Captain N knockoff starring Acclaim characters. A cop from NARC, the dude from Wizards & Warriors, Kwirk (a tomato), a basketball player from Arch-Rivals, and Bigfoot (yes, the truck) would team up to fight Mr. Big, also from NARC.

It was fucked up.

They also forgot about Dragon Warrior, the briefly translated RPG cartoon that, because of Akira Toriyama, looked a lot like Dragon Ball. I remember seeing it once or twice, and I remember it being pretty freaking cool.

Re:They forgot... (1)

CoffeeJedi (90936) | more than 9 years ago | (#12212630)

wow! i thought i was the only one who remembered that show! i could never remember the name though

i used to watch it for the "real" game segments (as a kid that's deleriously cool), but man, what a weird-ass cartoon

Re:They forgot... (1)

xalres (668363) | more than 9 years ago | (#12217426)

I think it was called The Power Team, and it would be at the beginning and the end of a weird game show segment called Video Power.

All I remember about it was Mr. Big was trying to blast the characters back to their game worlds using some kind of magic cartridge thingy.

OIC gaming cartoons, not gaming comic strips... (1)

krinsh (94283) | more than 9 years ago | (#12212136)

That would be much larger than 7+ pageviews.

Two Wheeled What? (1)

Tordek (863609) | more than 9 years ago | (#12213121)

Such an archaic device? What for? Inefficient transportation under unprotected sunlight?
No way, I'm keeping my car, and my childhood hasn't seen me fall.

QBert (1)

Taulin (569009) | more than 9 years ago | (#12213614)

Just the other day I mentioned the QBert cartoon during a session of WoW, but no one had any idea what I was talking about. Also, I thought Lou did a great job as Mario. What else are you going to do after your fake manager position in wrestling falls flat?

I love good memories (1)

xshariq (841571) | more than 9 years ago | (#12213949)

If I'm not incorrect they had a cartoon show about one of my favorite games: "Sonic The Hedgehog", I remember the show was pretty..good even though I was probably still 8-10 at the time, I think the way they make cartoon shows off of video games or the other way around is kind of dumb because they dont have the same feel to them because well, you can't play with the character! Although, I like those videos before games! For example, Halo/Halo2 :)

"Maligned?" (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 9 years ago | (#12214105)

People malign Captain N? They must have no childhood sense of wonder left in their poor, shriveled hearts.

Rob

Missing series (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12214496)

Capcom: MegaMan NT Warrior: Axess, Street Fighter II/II V/Alpha/Alpha 2 (the Japanese versions, not the cheapo DIC hack), Power Stone, Vampire Hunter/Darkstalkers (Geneon version), Viewtiful Joe
Sega: Sakura Wars, Sakura Wars 2, Panzer Dragoon
Square Enix: Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals, Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Final
Sony: Parapper the Rapper, PoPoLoCrois, Wild Arms
Fantasy: Unlimited, Dragon Quest/Warrior, Chrono Trigger
Namco: Tekken: The Motion Picture, Xenosaga: The Animation
Others: Pia Carrot 1/2/2 DX, Psychic Force, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown, Power Dolls

Corrected version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12214599)

Capcom: MegaMan NT Warrior: Axess, Rockman EXE Stream, Street Fighter II/II V/Alpha/Alpha 2 (the Japanese versions, not the cheapo DIC hack), Power Stone, Vampire Hunter/Darkstalkers (Geneon version), Viewtiful Joe
Konami: Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Twin Bee Paradise, Zone of the Enders: Dolores/Idolo
Namco: Tekken: The Motion Picture, Xenosaga: The Animation
Sega: Sakura Wars, Sakura Wars 2, Panzer Dragoon
Sony: Parapper the Rapper, PoPoLoCrois, Wild Arms
Square Enix: Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals, Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Final
Fantasy: Unlimited, Dragon Quest/Warrior, Chrono Trigger
Others: Pia Carrot 1/2/2 DX, Psychic Force, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown, Power Dolls, Ragnarok the Animation

Re:Corrected version (1)

FusionDragon2099 (799857) | more than 9 years ago | (#12230324)

Megaman:NT Warrior Axess and Rockman EXE Stream are essentially the same series. Except for the former getting butchered in dubbing.

Re:Missing series (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12230126)

I have also heard rumors about a Fire Emblem Anime. Too bad it would be even more obscure to most readers then the Fire Emblem games...

Someone else remembers Earthworm Jim?! (3, Interesting)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 9 years ago | (#12214978)

It was *great*! Fully the equal of Freakazoid and sometimes even up to (dare I say it??) Tick quality. In a perfect world these would have been on shelves in DVD format two years ago.

Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12224231)

I Was a little girl you Insensitive clod!
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