Captain N: The Game Master

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Captain N: The Game Master is an animated children's television show produced by DIC Entertainment about a teenage boy who gets sucked into his television and enters the world of Nintendo Entertainment System video games. The show ran from 1989-09-09 to 1991-10-26 and lasted for three seasons totaling 34 episodes. It was also turned into a comic book.

I watched this show when it was on television and, as a kid obsessed with Nintendo, I really loved it despite its flaws. Because I was too young to really pay attention to TV listings, I never really knew when it was on, so I only saw a handful of episodes. In my late 20s, I watched the first season and found that it did not age well at all.



  • The idea of living in a universe where various video game worlds are real, and you can warp between them, is a really interesting concept.
  • Levi Stubbs does a great job voice-acting Mother Brain.
  • The game incorporates various sound effects and music from actual video games, which was pretty awesome.


  • Over all, the show is pretty cheaply made. Many of the characters are poorly drawn, the animation is jagged, and the plots are terribly contrived.
  • Several of the characters are drawn incorrectly (Mother Brain doesn't have a face, King Hippo doesn't have cyan skin, Mega Man is the wrong color, etc.).
  • Despite having dozens of games to draw inspiration from, the show's designers often created new monsters and environments for each episode which had nothing to do with any video game.


  • The show was targeted toward young children, but it's so painfully childish, it becomes nearly unwatchable as an adult.