I recently discussed which PlayStation games I’d like to see fit for TV, but you know what? This is not my real heart, because although I am a huge fan of Sony, my real heart belongs to Nintendo. That company has had its fair share of TV shows, in particular Pokemon (Check out our list of the 12 best Pokemon from the original series, by the way), but also a number of other offerings.
I count eight, actually. Because while there have been other Nintendo-adjacent cartoons over the years, like Cool double dragon And the mega manI don’t consider them pure Nintendo appears, as those characters have appeared on other platforms. And no, Sonic doesn’t count either, because even though it’s now on Nintendo platforms, if you’re an old-school principal from the ’90s like me, you’ll know that Sega and Nintendo were old arch rivals.
So no. Voice cartoons will not Be on this list. But did you know? I take back what I said earlier mega manBecause while the blue bomber already had its own show, it was also on another Nintendo specific TV show as well. Speaking of this topic…
8. Captain N: The Game Master (1989-1991)
I will give Captain N: Master of the Game This (and only this): Without it, we probably wouldn’t have gotten the great Sega Genesis title, Kid chameleonThe premise of that game is very similar to this previous show: a teen is plunged into a video game and has to save the day.
In this show, the teen in question has to face Nintendo villains like Mother Brain from metroid (Who looks legit like Audrey II from little horror store), King Hippo of punch out!!, And the wizard of eggplant from Kid Icarus. But, fear not, because Captain N with help from Simon Belmont CastlevaniaMega Man from his honorary series, Hole from Kid Icarusand Princess Lana who, eh, Captain N: Master of the Game.
You can’t make these characters any less Like their video game counterparts if you try, though. You mentioned it by Mother Brain, but Simon Belmont is a sweet boy, Mega Man looks like he smokes three packs a day, and Kid Icarus has an annoying tendency to add an “icus” at the end of every sentence. Sure, the show has a cult following, but that’s mostly due to its faults, as Captain N isn’t as bad as Powerglove. It’s just as bad as its bad. This is not good.
7- Donkey Kong Country (1997-2000)
Donkey Kong Country It is one of the first TV series created entirely by computer, and guess what. Shows. The premise is simple: there is a magical wish-granting coconut, and Donkey Kong protects said coconut…that’s it.
It’s all about that thin story that puts this show pretty low on this list. First, let’s talk about the songs, because yes, there are songs on this show, and they’re just not good. Like, at all. Then, there’s the repetitive nature of each episode of King Ki Rol trying to get the magical coconut, always losing it. This barely holds up for a series debut, let alone 40 episodes.
number, Donkey Kong Country Not fun in any way. And while we’ll see DK again in the upcoming Mario movie (isn’t it weird, by the way, that Donkey Kong is in Super Mario Bros.?), this early gaffe is a good indication of what not To do with everyone’s favorite monkey in the red tie.
6- Super Saturday Match (1983-1984)
Well, I kind of break my own rule from the introduction here, because Saturday Super Included NON-Nintendo franchises such as impasse!And the o*bertAnd the Frogger The animation clips, but I feel I should include them here because it also features Donkey Kong (voiced by Soupy Sales!), Mario (voiced by Peter Cullen!), and Donkey Kong Jr. (Voice by Frank Welker!).
Honestly, maybe the Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. cartoons were. She’s probably the best, although she’s not very good either. Saturday Super Old and feel it. Anime is just as ubiquitous as the early 80’s cartoon, and the games are so old, you feel like you’re watching ancient history, which is kind of you. It’s by no means terrible, but it’s also not incredibly convincing either. decent.
5. The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)
Give Mario II credit to the animation – at least I stayed very loyal to the source material. Super Mario Bros. 3 Adventures Featured sounds from the game, items from the game, and Koopalings from the game. In many ways, it was superior to the first Mario cartoon, Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
But, it was also missing a key aspect, which was that it didn’t have live action clips. Sure, this shouldn’t matter in our best Nintendo ranking Feebut it is, because the living working parts of Super Mario Bros. Super Show! It’s probably ingrained in the head of every Nintendo fan who’s already watched the show. (Seriously, ask anyone what they remember most from that series — anime or live-action clips — and I’m pretty sure they’ll tell you the live-action parts.) Plus, I don’t like the voice of Mario in this cartoon. No Captain Lou Albano, no Bueno.
4. Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989)
Swing your arms from side to side. Come on, let’s do Mario! The first Super Mario TV show is truly magical. Cartoons chronicling the adventures of the game Super Mario Bros.2, between live clips starring Captain Lou Albano as Mario and Danny Wells as Luigi. High level art!
In addition, every Friday, we also have episodes of the legend of zelda, which wasn’t good, but at least gave Link one of his most ridiculous phrases ever, “Well, excuse me, princess.” Mario’s show wasn’t perfect, but it was superior to Mario 3 The cartoon because it has live clips, and it got the job done, so that’s all that matters.
3. Super Mario World (1991)
Although it also doesn’t have live clips, I feel like it Super Mario World They are the best Mario cartoons, and here’s why – they’re the only ones that feel truly unique. Taking place in a prehistoric atmosphere, toggle Yoshi with a toad in the main menu, Super Mario World looks like Flintstones (Fleentstones?!) It took place in the Mushroom Kingdom, and it really works.
Now, admittedly, anime isn’t something I write about at home, but I find these stories more engaging than other Super Mario cartoons, which is why they make it to the top of this list.
2. Kirby: Back in Hey! (2002-2006)
Works for 100 loops (!), Kirby: Right back in ya! He is crazy to me because the protagonist does not speak. Instead, all the other characters, most notably King Dedede, do all the talking and telling jokes about Kirby, and it’s surprisingly a show about the pink puffball that sucks just about everything and sucks its power, is fun for a good number of episodes, and still works.
But she did and Kirby: Right back in ya! It was a ridiculous, fun show, and there’s not much to say about it. I loved the series back then for its action and humor, and I still enjoy it today. It holds up.
1. Pokémon (1997-)
I mean, come on now. It should be number one Pokemon, the correct? Whether it’s the original anime, or the current generation, each Pokemon anime series has brought something unique to the table with a wide variety of pocket monsters and their stories.
Not only that, but Pokemon has spawned many great movies from the famous series. The plots are simple but effective, and all the soap operas were involved in one way or another. no doubt Pokemon It’s the best Nintendo cartoon series ever released, and it’s not even close.
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