Captain N Wiki
For the title character, see Kevin Keene.
VGM-CN Title Card

Captain N: The Game Master is a cartoon series and comic book series depicting two different versions of the same basic story: a war between good and evil in the universe of Videoland.


The origins of Captain N: The Game Master can be traced to two separate sources:

Cartoon Series[]

The cartoon series was produced by DiC Entertainment and ran on NBC from 1989 to 1992.

Each episode (but perhaps not every Season 3 episode) was prefaced with a teaser before the opening during the NBC run and the YTV syndicated run. These teasers were narrated by a character and gave a short preview of the episode. They are highly sought-after, since they have not been seen in the United States since the NBC run and in Canada since the YTV syndicated run.

Basic Overview[]

The series' title character is Kevin Keene, a teenager who is brought from Earth to a universe known as Videoland, where video game characters are real, in fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. He joins with others as the N Team to fight the Forces of Chaos, led by the evil Mother Brain, and restore freedom to Videoland.

The tone of the series is mostly comical and consists of jokes, visual gags, and slapstick humor (reportedly at the requests of the studio and network, according to Season 1 writer Jeffrey Scott). Character development usually takes a back seat to action and humor. However, there are some dramatic moments throughout the series. There is plenty of video game-like action.

Each season was animated by a different animation studio (two South Korean and one Japanese), resulting in an inconsistent appearance between seasons. The difference between between Season 3 and the rest of the series is the most drastic - the animation in Seasons 1 and 2 is average (with different fans each preferring the slightly different appearances), and the animation in Season 3 is of a very low quality. There are numerous animation errors throughout the series. See the individual episode articles for lists of these.

The music in the series consists of a mix of DiC stock music (which also appears in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!), perhaps some original music exclusive to the series, and NES video game music (likely re-recorded). In addition, most Season 1 episodes feature cover versions of popular songs (mostly from the 1980s), Season 2 episodes feature original songs (sometimes parodies of popular songs), and most Season 3 episodes did not feature songs at all. See the individual episode articles for lists of identified music.

The voice cast is primarily Canadian. While the voice acting is competent and generally fits the character designs, the character voices of Simon Belmont, Mega Man, and Kid Icarus are generally regarded as being unsuited to the original video game characters.

Season Characteristics[]

Season 1[]

  • All thirteen episodes of Season 1 were written by Jeffrey Scott, who was hired for the job after Jim Henson convinced Phyllis Tucker-Vinson of the strength of his writing in his Muppet Babies scripts.
  • Season 1 was animated by Dongyang Animation, a South Korean studio, with assistance from Sei Young Animation, also of Korea.
  • Season 1 was the only season not paired with a Mario cartoon.
  • Season 1 was the only season in a normal half-hour block.
  • Season 1 had unique drawings in its commercial bumpers during its NBC run.
  • Season 1's intro is one minute long.
  • In Season 1's Opening Intro,the Live action shot of Kevin's house was actually an older recycled Stock Footage from an 80's Nes Commercial Ad

Season 2[]

  • The thirteen episodes of Season 2 were written/cowritten by nine writers.
  • Jeffrey Scott left the show, with Dorothy Middleton replacing him as the head writer.
  • Season 2 episodes were paired with The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 in a one-hour block, sandwiched between two Mario episodes.
  • As a result of this, Season 2 episodes were spread over two half-hour blocks.
  • Season 2 had generic commercial bumpers during its NBC run.
  • Furthermore, interesting enough, the Season 2 Commercial Bumpers which had a generic Grinning Cartoon Character who spoked in a high pitched voiced (Which these Commercial Bumpers were dubbed by fans as the Perpetual Grinning Man) announcing the Commercial Bumpers were Animated by klasky csupo with Music Provived by Mark Mothersbaugh,which this team of Animators and Music Composers would later go on to do the Animation and Music for the Popular Nicklodeon series "Rugrats" which came out a year later after Captain N and the Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3. Furthermore,Mark Mothersbaugh also composed the theme song to the New Super Mario World Tv series,which came out the same year as Rugrats in 1991.
  • Season 2's intro is thirty seconds long.
  • Season 2 was animated by Spectrum Animation, a Japanese studio.

Season 3[]

  • The seven episodes of Season 3 were written/cowritten by six writers.
  • The cancellation of this series was noticeable for viewers of these episodes due to the poor quality of the animation whereas the previous 2 seasons had competent animation quality, some character re-designs such as Mother Brain's season 1 and 2 design being re-designed, the season only getting 7 episodes rather than 13 which the previous 2 seasons had, poor voice acting occasional or throughout the 3rd season whereas the previous 2 seasons had competent voice acting. Each episode in all 3 seasons had lots of animation and episode continuity errors as well as character-personality inconsistencies but season 3 probably had the most in all of the season's episodes, which became another reason why the cancellation of this series was noticeable for viewers of these episodes. The reason why the show was cancelled after season 3 was because...
  • Season 3 episodes were paired with The New Super Mario World episodes in a half-hour block, the Captain N episode airing second.
  • Season 3 episodes were half of the length of Season 1 and Season 2 episodes.
  • Season 3 had unique drawings in its commercial bumpers during its NBC run. in addition,the Season 3 commercial Bumpers had both the Super Mario World and Captain N characters announcing the commercial breaks recorded by they're respective voice actors.
  • Furthermore, weird and funny enough, the NBC Commercial Bumper Breaks for the original NBC version run closing breaks for Yo Yogi incorrectly refer to the 3rd season as Captain N and Super Mario Bros 4. (Weird ain't but however,ironically enough,the Japanese version of the Super Mario World SNES game was called Super Mario Bros 4 in japan,so this may not have been a mis-typo error afterall which could be possible that NBC did some research.
  • Season 3's intro is thirty seconds long.
  • Korean animation studio Plus One Animation, an offshoot of Saerom Animation, animated Season 3, due to NBC cutting budget costs on cartoons. As a result, the animation was lower quality and certain character features were absent. Spectrum Animation, the animators of Season 2, became storyboard artists.
  • Furthermore, as a result of NBC's reduced Budget for they're 1991 Saturday Morning Lineup,Season 3 ended up being the shortest season in any existance of Animation history with only 7 new episodes,and because of this,this also forced NBC to make 10 min shorter abridged versions of previous season 1 and season 2 episodes to air as Filler to splice between the next Super Mario World episodes,for example,a shorter 10 min abridged version of the Season 2 episode "Invasion of the Paper Peddler" aired as filler during the Super Mario World Episode "Party Line" to fill up the extra time space. Even Worst,sometimes 2 Super Mario World Episodes would air with no Captain N episode at all.
  • Also interesting and funny enough,during the production of season 3,Kevin (Captain N),Mario,Luigi and Yoshi appeared in an NBC Comics Crossover special called "NBC Saturday Morning Comics" published by Harvey Comics which was a Promo Comic Book special released in Toys R Us stores in 1991 to promote NBC's 1991 Saturday Morning lineup that year which featured comic book stories/storylines loosely based on several episodes of NBC's upcoming 1991 Saturday Morning lineup cartoons including captain n and the New Super Mario World,Wish Kid,Pro Stars,Space Cats and Yo! Yogi.


The N Team[]

  1. Kevin Keene (Captain N)
  2. Princess Lana
  3. Simon Belmont
  4. Mega Man
  5. Kid Icarus
  6. Duke
  7. Gameboy

The Forces of Chaos[]

  1. Mother Brain
  2. King Hippo
  3. Eggplant Wizard
  4. Dr. Wily

Minor Characters[]

See: list of Captain N: The Game Master characters


Main article: List of Captain N: The Game Master episodes

It is generally regarded that there are 34 unique episodes of the series - plus some variants (see individual episode articles for specifics) and filler.



  1. Andy Heyward (Executive Producer, Seasons 1-3)
  2. Michael Maliani (Producer, Season 1; Supervising Producer, Season 2)
  3. Robby London (Coordinating Producer, Seasons 1-3)
  4. Winnie Chaffee (Production Executive, Seasons 1 and 2)
  5. John O'Sullivan Francis, Jr. (Supervising Associate Producer, Season 1)
  6. Kenneth T. Ito (Production Coordinator, Season 1; Associate Producer, Seasons 2 and 3)
  7. Thierry P. Laurin (Executive In Charge of Post Production, Seasons 1-3)
  8. Brian A. Miller (Production Supervisor, Season 2; Executive In Charge of Production, Season 3)
  9. Trace Ellis (Production Staff, Seasons 2 and 3)
  10. Chris Hammond (Production Staff, Seasons 2 and 3)
  11. Brian McGowan (Production Staff, Season 2)
  12. Vickie Yeo (Production Staff, Season 2)
  13. Fifun A. Amini (Post Production Coordinator, Season 2)
  14. John Grusd (Producer, Season 3)
  15. Stacey Gallishaw (Production Supervisor, Season 3)
  16. Kurt Weldon (Production Coordinator, Season 3)
  17. Joshua Lou Friedman (Production Staff, Season 3)
  18. Maria C. Mercado (Post Production Coordinator, Season 3)
  19. Jamie Edlin (Producer, live-action sequence)


  1. Michael Maliani (Director, Season 1)
  2. Chuck Patton (Director, Season 2)
  3. Marsha Goodman (Voice Director, Season 1)
  4. Greg Morton (Voice Director, Seasons 1 and 2)
  5. Stu Rosen (Voice Director, Season 1)
  6. John Grusd (Director, Season 3)
  7. Madeline Bascom (Voice Director, Season 3)
  8. Kit Hudson (Director, live-action sequence)

Story Editors[]

  1. Jeffrey Scott (Season 1)
  2. Dorothy Middleton (Seasons 2 and 3)

Talent Coordinators[]

  1. Josanne B. Lovick (Seasons 1 and 2)
  2. Doug Parker (Seasons 1 and 2)
  3. Wendi Laski (Season 2)
  4. Marian Sloan (Season 2)
  5. Randall Wade (Season 2)
  6. J.W.N. Hicks (Season 3)


Voice Cast[]
  1. Garry Chalk (Seasons 1-3)
  2. Ian James Corlett (Seasons 1 and 3)
  3. Mike Donovan (Seasons 1-3)
  4. Doc Harris (Seasons 1-3)
  5. Matt Hill (Seasons 1-3)
  6. Alessandro Juliani (Seasons 1-3)
  7. Andrew Kavadas (Seasons 1-3)
  8. Doug Parker (Season 1-3)
  9. Venus Terzo (Seasons 1-3)
  10. Tomm Wright (Seasons 1-3)
  11. Levi Stubbs Jr. (Seasons 1-3)
  12. Jonathan Potts (Season 2)
  13. Cynthia Preston (Season 2)
  14. Frank Welker (Season 2)
  15. Anthony Holland (Season 3)
Additional Voices[]
  1. Long John Baldry (Seasons 1-3)
  2. Don Brown (Seasons 1 and 2)
  3. Tony Dakota (Season 1)
  4. Angela Gann (Season 1)
  5. Anthony Holland (Seasons 1 and 2)
  6. Campbell Lane (Season 1)
  7. Lelani Marrell (Season 1)
  8. Pauline Newstone (Season 1)
  9. Mark Weatherly (Seasons 1-3)
  10. Len Carlson (Season 2)
  11. Babs Chula (Seasons 2 and 3)
  12. Ian James Corlett (Seasons 2 and 3)
  13. Violet Crumble (Season 2)
  14. Marcie Goldberg (Season 2)
  15. Lee Jeffrey (Season 2)
  16. Al Jorden (Season 2)
  17. Annabelle Kershew (Season 2)
  18. Colin Meachum (Season 2)
  19. Shane Meier (Season 2)
  20. Alvin Sanders (Season 2)
  21. Kurt Weldon (Season 2)
  22. Suzanne E. Balcom (Season 3)
  23. Chris Gaze (Season 3)
  24. Blu Mankuma (Season 3)
  25. Scott McNeil (Season 3)
Live-Action Sequence[]
  1. Dorian Barag - "Kevin"
  2. Louie From Critters of the Cinema - "Duke-the-Dog"


  1. Minoru Terao (Seasons 1-3)
  2. Noriko Norvell (Seasons 1 and 2)
  3. Rumio Satoh (Season 1)
  4. Kazuko Yamamoto (Seasons 1 and 2)
  5. Kazuko Smith (Season 3)
  6. Minnie Sm Kim (Season 3)
  7. Jung Ran Son (Season 3)
  8. Joseph C. Cho (Season 3)


  1. Kurt Conner (Storyboard Supervisor, Season 1)
  2. Ryan A. Anthony (Season 1)
  3. Tim Burgard (Seasons 1 and 2)
  4. Armando Carrillo (Season 1)
  5. Romero Francisco (Season 1)
  6. Adrian G. Gonzales (Season 1)
  7. Tom Nesbitt (Seasons 1 and 2)
  8. Brad Rader (Season 1)
  9. Michael Swanigan (Seasons 1 and 2)
  10. Glen Hill (Season 1)
  11. Robert Souza (Season 1)
  12. Budd Lewis (Seasons 1 and 2)
  13. Michael D. Diederich (Season 2)
  14. Robert L. Dranko (Season 2)
  15. William T. Hurtz (Season 2)
  16. Steven Dean Moore (Season 2)
  17. Steven Burpo (Storyboard Clean-Up, Season 2)
  18. Ken Harsha (Storyboard Clean-Up, Season 2)
  19. Linda Rowley Blue (Storyboard Supervisor, Season 3)
  20. Romeo Lopez (Storyboard Cleanup, Season 3)
  21. Rodolfo Messina (Storyboard Cleanup, Season 3)
  22. William Reed (Storyboard Slugging, Season 3)
  23. Vincent Davis (Storyboard Slugging, Season 3)


Character Design[]
  1. Marcelo Vignali (Season 1)
  2. Edward D. Lee (Season 1; Character Supervisor (Season 2))
  3. Fil Barlow (Seasons 1 and 2)
  4. Michael D. Diederich (Season 1)
  5. Micheal Goguen (Season 1)
  6. Joe Barruso (Season 2)
  7. E. Michael Mitchell (Season 2)
  8. Maureen Trueblood (Season 2)
  9. Jiunn Yu (Season 2)
  10. Sandy Kopitopoulos (Season 3)
  11. Stephen Burpo (Season 3)
  12. Donn Greer (Season 3)
  13. Charlie Steve Zambillas (Season 3)
Background Design[]
  1. "Fingers" Felix (Season 1)
  2. C.G. Chavez (Season 1)
  3. Ray Shenusay (Season 1)
  4. Steve Olds (Season 1)
  5. Gary Montalbano (Seasons 1 and 2)
  6. Sean Platter (Seasons 1 and 2)
  7. Russell Chong (Season 1)
  8. Alex Stevens (Season 1)
  9. Drew Graybeal (Season 2)
  10. Steve Olds (Season 2)
  11. Warren Manser (Season 3)
  12. Amado Sangalang (Season 3)
  13. Vladimir Spasojevic (Season 3)
  14. Gil Hung (Season 3)
Prop Design[]
  1. Steve Swaja (Seasons 1 and 2)
  2. Gil Hung (Season 2)
  3. Larry Nelson (Seasons 2 and 3)
  4. Wayne Schulk (Season 3)
Color Design[]
  1. Allyn Conley (Seasons 1 and 2)
  2. Derdad Aghamalian (Seasons 1 and 2)
  3. Sharon Huth (Season 1)
  4. Suzette Darling (Season 2)
  5. "Puppy" Hutchins (Season 2)
  6. Alison Gefre (Season 3)
  7. Kathy Gilmore (Season 3)

Color Backgrounds[]

  1. Ann Guenther (Season 1)
  2. Hector Martinez-Yelsa (Seasons 1 and 2)
  3. Richard Ziehler-Martin (Seasons 1 and 2)
  4. Timothy Barnes (Season 2)
  5. Brooks Campbell (Season 2)
  6. Tim Flattery (Season 2)
  7. Bari Green (Season 2)
  8. Tim Maloney (Season 2)
  9. Joan Igawa (Season 3)
  10. Stephen Lee (Season 3)
  11. Teri Shikasho (Season 3)

Lip Assignments[]

  1. Sandi Hathcock (Seasons 1-3)
  2. William Kent Holaday (Season 1)
  3. Jeff Hall (Season 1)


  1. Haim Saban (Music, Season 1)
  2. Shuki Levy (Music, Season 1)
  3. Andrew Dimitroff (Music Supervisor, Season 1)
  4. Barron Abramovitch (Engineered and Mixed By, Season 1)
  5. Michael Tavera (Orchestration and Arrangement, Season 1; Music, Seasons 2 and 3)
  6. Joanne Miller (Music Supervisor, Seasons 2 and 3)


Dialogue Editors[]
  1. Richard Bruce Elliott (Season 1)
  2. Gregory K. Bowron (Season 1)
  3. Elvida Abella (Season 1)
  4. Michelle Rochester (Season 1)
  5. Richard S. Gannon (Season 1; Supervising Editor, Seasons 2 and 3)
  6. Theresa M. Gilroy (Seasons 1 and 2)
  7. Robert T. Gillis (Season 1)
  8. Heather C. Elliott (Seasons 1-3)
  9. Ron Fedele (Seasons 1 and 2)
  10. Donald P. Zappala (Seasons 2 and 3)
  11. Robert O'Brien (Season 2)
  12. Peter Tomaszewicz (Seasons 2 and 3)
  13. Lida Saskova (Season 3)
Format Editors[]
  1. Lars Floden (Season 1)
  2. William P. Magee (Season 1)
  3. Mark A. McNally (Seasons 2 and 3)
  4. Susan Odjakjian (Seasons 2 and 3)
  5. Warren Taylor (Season 2)
  6. Mel Ashkenas (Season 3)
  7. Jill Goularte (Season 3)
Music Editors[]
  1. Stuart Goetz (Season 1; Supervising Music Editor, Season 2)
  2. Gregory K. Bowron (Season 2)
  3. Danielle J. Johnson (Season 2)
  4. John Mortarotti (Season 3)
Film Editors[]
  1. Gregory K. Bowron (Seasons 2 and 3)
  2. Richard Bruce Elliott (Seasons 2 and 3)
  3. Allan Gelbart (Seasons 2 and 3)

Video Tape Supervisors[]

  1. Phil R. Defibaugh (Season 1)
  2. Elvida Abella (Season 1)
  3. Mario Di Mambro (Season 2)
  4. Dennis Graham (Seasons 2 and 3)
  5. Tonda Lark (Season 3)
  6. Fifun A. Amini (Season 3)
  7. Gerri Kessler (Season 3)

Sound Effects[]

  1. Bill Koepnick (Season 2)
  2. Paca Thomas (Season 3)


  1. Ellen Levy (Creative Consultant, Season 1)
  2. Lori Crawford (Script Supervisor, Seasons 1-3)
  3. Mark A. McNally (Track Reader, Season 1)
  4. Michael J. Cowan (Supervising Sound Engineer, Seasons 1-3)
  5. Jim Hodson (Re-Recording Engineer, Seasons 1 and 2)
  6. Stu Rosen (Casting, Season 2)
  7. Maureen Trueblood (Lip Models, Season 3)
  8. Ray Leonard (Re-Recording Engineer, Season 3)
  9. Winnie Chaffee (Overseas Consultant, Season 3)
  10. Larry Cariou (Overseas Supervisor, Season 3)
  11. Andy Heyward (Creative Supervisor, Season 3)


  1. Dawn Jackson (assistant to Winnie Chaffee, Season 1)
  2. Stacey Gallishaw (assistant to Winnie Chaffee, Season 1)
  3. Steve Gold (Production Assistant, Season 1)
  4. Jose Gonzalez (Production Assistant, Season 1)
  5. Irene Toporzysek (Production Assistant, Seasons 1-3)
  6. Anne Mathisen (Recording Assistant, Seasons 1 and 2)
  7. Don Parker (Recording Assistant, Season 1)
  8. Daniela Spiwak (Recording Assistant, Season 1)
  9. Mark McCorkle (Recording Assistant, Season 1)
  10. Gary K. Ushino (Recording Assistant, Season 1)
  11. Robert Schooley (Recording Assistant, Season 1)
  12. John Tirpak (Recording Assistant, Season 1)
  13. Peter Harvey (Recording Assistant, Season 1)
  14. Victor Villegas (Recording Assistant, Season 1)
  15. William A. Ruiz (assistant to Lori Crawford, Seasons 1-3)
  16. George Robinson (assistant to Lori Crawford, Season 1)
  17. Kimberly R. Cronin (assistant to Thierry P. Laurin, Seasons 1 and 2)
  18. Donald P. Zappala (Assistant Editor, Season 1)
  19. Karen Rosenbloom (Assistant Editor, Season 1)
  20. Firooz Adelamini (Post Production Assistant, Season 1)
  21. Nye Tucker (Post Production Assistant, Season 1)
  22. Grant Leavins (Production Assistant, Season 2)
  23. Danielle Ferraro (Production Assistant, Season 2)
  24. Alvin Sanders (Recording Assistant, Season 2)
  25. Eben F. Eldridge (assistant to Lori Crawford, Seasons 2 and 3)
  26. Quentin Kniola (assistant to Lori Crawford, Season 2)
  27. Trudy Alexander (Assistant Editor, Seasons 2 and 3)
  28. Kris Gilpin (Assistant Editor, Seasons 2 and 3)
  29. Judy Sampson-Brown (assistant to Joanne Miller, Seasons 2 and 3)
  30. Melissa Gentry (assistant to Joanne Miller, Seasons 2 and 3)
  31. Patrick Amschler (Production Assistant, Season 3)
  32. Amanda Ruhland (Production Assistant, Season 3)
  33. Shirley McGregor (Recording Assistant, Season 3)
  34. Kimberly R. Francis (assistant to Thierry P. Laurin, Season 3)


  1. Zound FX (Sound Effects By, Season 1)
  2. I Square Communications (Live Action Main Title Designed & Produced By)
  3. Saban Productions (Produced In Association With, Season 1)
  4. Dong Yang Animation (Animation, Season 1, uncredited)
  5. Spectrum Animation Studio (Captain N Overseas Animation, Season 2; Storyboards, Season 3)
  6. Canvas, Inc. (Opening Titles, Season 3)
  7. Sae Rom Plus One Productions (Animation, Season 3)
  8. DiC Entertainment (Logos Season 1 2 And 3)


The Family Channel[]

Seasons 1 and 2 were syndicated on The Family Channel as part of its Fun Town line-up in the 1991-1993 seasons, when Season 3 was airing on NBC.

There were at least two unique teasers that aired before the opening.

The commercial bumpers referenced Captain N, but they were spoken by generic cartoon characters.

In addition, Captain N footage was used in at least two "10x10 Giveaway" commercials involving Super Nintendo consoles.


The series was syndicated on YTV in Canada from 1992 to 1993.

Episodes were time-compressed, but not to the extents that the Family Channel and VGM airings were.

The NBC episode teasers were included.

The cover songs were included.

The commercial breaks were not in the same place as on NBC.

USA Network[]

The series was syndicated on USA Network's "Cartoon Express" on Sunday mornings from 1993 to 1994. When airing, all of the episodes used the Season 1 intro and closing credits, and the songs were taken out and replaced with the "Mega Move" instrumental as in the VGM airings. Episodes were time-compressed to fit the schedule, and bumpers were narrated by Keith Olbermann.

Captain N & The Video Game Masters[]

Main article: Captain N & The Video Game Masters

The series, along with The Legend of Zelda, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, and The New Super Mario World, was syndicated in a weekday package called Captain N & The Video Game Masters. It ran from September of 1992 to August of 1993. This syndication package is commonly referred to as VGM in the Captain N fandom.

  • VGM opened with its own unique 30-second intro, which was immediately followed by a commercial bumper. Upon return from break, the relevent series' opening would play.
  • The commercial bumpers referenced Captain N, but they were spoken by a generic narrator.
  • The Season 1 songs were removed and replaced with an instrumental version of the song from "The Feud of Faxanadu".
  • At least once, an alternate version of "Quest for the Potion of Power" was played. It used the same soundtrack as the 2-part version that aired as filler in Season 3. This version was also released on VHS, along with the normal version.
  • Both "The Feud of Faxanadu" and the alternate version of "Quest for the Potion of Power" strangely aired with the Season 3 opening, while most other episodes used the Season 2 intro.
  • When Season 3 episodes and The New Super Mario World episodes aired, both had their series title cards cut out.

Reception and Legacy[]

No Internet feedback on Captain N: The Game Master dating from the time of its original broadcast has yet been discovered.

However, it is safe to say that people viewed the series either before or after playing the NES games that the series was loosely based on. Some people enjoyed the series until playing the games. Other people enjoyed the series despite its inaccuracies. Still other people always hated the series. Therefore, it can be concluded that the series had (and continues to have) a mixed reaction from viewers.

Compliments generally include the overall concept and the character of Captain N himself. Criticisms include numerous game inaccuracies, mischaracterizations of video game characters, sloppy animation, and imbecilic writing.

Regarding marketing Nintendo games, it could be presumed that viewers of the series, whether they were fans of the series or not, got introduced to Nintendo games and stayed with the games and characters. Considering all of the games in the Mega Man, Castlevania, Metroid, Dragon Warrior, and Final Fantasy series alone, the amount of money that the series made (and continues to make) for the video game industry becomes incalculable. From this perspective, Captain N: The Game Master is a definite success.

The series could also have been a boost to the music industry, exposing new fans to the songs of Bob Seger, Billy Idol, Creedence Clearwater Revival, James Brown, Kenny Loggins, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and The Cars.

The Captain N version of Mega Man made a surprise appearance in the 2015 Archie Comics, along with several of his other incarnations (including the Bad Box Art Mega Man and the Ruby-Spears Mega Man).

Comic series[]

A comic series was produced by Valiant Comics, and published between May and September 1990. Third party characters were not included, and there was more original content not related to NES games.

Super Smash Bros.[]

Since the end of Captain N, several of the characters have since appeared in the Super Smash Bros. series. Samus Aran, Link, and Donkey Kong have appeared since the first game, however the playable Donkey Kong is the grandson of the one seen in the cartoon, with Zelda appearing in the next game, Super Smash Bros. Melee. Pit made his debut in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mega Man debuted in Super Smash Bros. 4 in 2014, and Simon Belmont made his debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in 2018.

External Links[]