If you were born between 1975 and 1985, there’s no doubt Captain N: The Game Master once stood as the foundation of your Saturday morning cartoon and cereal orgy. Coming into creation at the end of a very long and dark period for television animation, this cheaply animated, glorified Nintendo commercial kept a nation of kids glued to their sets, if only for the chance to see their favorite characters as more than just fuzzy blobs of pixels. On this installment — which echoes some of our Movie Month episodes of the past — we sat down to talk about Captain N’s first episode, “Kevin in Videoland,” which is only a quick Google search away. But since you’re nice, I’ll embed it below:
- 2:13 | The pre-90’s TV animation Dark Age
- 9:40 | “Kevin in Videoland” discussion
- 38:19 | Closing Music: Kid Icarus “Title” (Hip Tanaka, from the Hikari Shinwa: Palutena no Kagami / Metroid Arranged Cassette)
- Buddy Boy, the proto-Captain N
- A confused Jeffrey Scott tries to remember all of those Captain N episodes he wrote in an afternoon
- One of many overwrought Captain N reviews – About a decade ago, some guy named Marc Moore began to write preposterously thorough reviews of Captain N on the newsgroup rec.arts.animation. I’ve linked to one for your viewing pleasure — collect them all! Or don’t.
I’ve also noticed we’ve recently received a ton of a reviews on iTunes, which bumped us up into the “New and Notable” section of Games & Hobbies podcasts — thanks to anyone who contributed. If you haven’t, please consider taking a few minutes to leave your own review. We’d really love for more people to hear about the show, and this is the best way to do it outside of buying a Retronauts blimp.