Captain N: The Game Master

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Captain N: The Game Master
Captain N - The Game Master - 01.jpg
Want a video game cartoon that's nothing but a terrible Nintendo commercial? This is the cartoon for you!
Genre: Action
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 9, 1989 – October 26, 1991
Network(s): NBC
Distributed by: DIC Animation City
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 34

Captain N: The Game Master is an American-Canadian animated television series that aired on television from 1989 to 1991 as part of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup on NBC. The show was produced by DIC Animation City and incorporated elements from many of the most popular video games of the time from the Japanese company Nintendo.


Kevin, a teenage gamer, his friends, and his dog Duke are brought to another universe to defeat the evil Mother Brain with the help of video game characters.

Bad Qualities

  1. The designs of Mega Man, Pit, and Simon Belmont were changed for some reason, making them unrecognizable, especially Simon.
    • Mega Man is green in the cartoon, which is especially egregious because he still has the "Blue Bomber" nickname in this series. The reason why he is colored green was due to the animators having a poor quality image of him.
  2. Despite featuring Mother Brain from Metroid as the main antagonist, Samus Aran doesn't even appear in the series, nor is mentioned by anyone.
  3. Mega Man's voice acting is horrendous. He sounds like he's a daily smoker.
  4. The villains are corny and very ugly.
  5. When Captain N gets teleported to Videoland (which is a terrible name by the way), he turns into a hideous green CGI monster for a brief moment, which could scare young viewers.
  6. The whole show is a shameless promotion for Nintendo games. This becomes extremely obvious when a living Game Boy gets introduced and becomes part of the main cast.
  7. The animation, while acceptable for DIC standards, is not very good and pretty bland looking.
    • The animation got to a complete nosedive in season 3, which due to budget cuts, forced DiC to move to another animation studio. The animation looks unpolished and the character designs became more simple.
  8. As said in BQ #5, the name of the town is stupid, unoriginal, and uninspired.
  9. Captain N, along with some other characters, are bland.
  10. Some of the characters in the show have annoying verbal tics: Pit would randomly insert "-icus" into his sentences, and Mega Man would insert "mega" into his sentences.
  11. Strangely, Pit is named "Kid Icarus" in this series. This is like calling Link "Zelda" or calling Samus "Metroid".

Good Qualities

  1. The voice acting (except for Mega Man and Game Boy) is passable.
  2. The designs for the characters look decent.
  3. The Legend of Zelda characters that appeared in a few episodes are passable. For example, Link is A LOT more tolerable here than he was in The Legend of Zelda (TV Series).


  • Captain N: The Game Master received mixed reviews on IMDB.


  • Ian James Corlett, who provided the voice of Dr. Wily, would go on to voice Mega Man in the 1994 cartoon of the same name by Ruby-Spears.





4 months ago
Score 3
Captain N is not such a mega-Game Master-icus guy!

Miss Kago

2 months ago
Score 2
I-I don't have words, It was hell of cringe.

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