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Captain N: The Game Master is a cartoon show produced by DIC Entertainment that had 34 episodes and featured many games from the NES and Game Boy, like Mega Man, Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania, Kid Icarus, Donkey Kong, Tetris, and others, in which the characters interact together in Videoland. Mega Man is one the main characters, but only three episodes features him and other Mega Man characters, telling stories from the first three Mega Man games, but with some differences.
Comics from Captain N: The Game Master were made, but only with Nintendo characters. Characters from third parties like Capcom and Konami don't appear in the comics. However, before being canceled, the final issue of the Captain N comic series had promised an appearance by Mega Man and Dr. Wily.
Episodes featuring Mega Man
Only four episodes featured Mega Man games:
Episode 5: Mega Trouble for Megaland
The second of a two-part episode, in which after an Olympic Games style competition between Captain N and his crew and Mother Brain and her crew, Mother Brain and her minions imprison the heroes into the realm of the Mega Man games. While Kid Icarus and Simon Belmont go into the realm of the Kid Icarus game to fight Medusa and recover three mystical treasures Mother Brain won in the first part of the two-part episode, the rest of the group (Captain N, Princess Lana, Duke and Mega Man) must fight their way through Cut Man's level, in order to get to Dr. Wily.
The episode lampshades the difficulty of the original Mega Man game via a plot point where the crew are initially slaughtered by the Big Eye robot when they first meet the robot. Also, the episode shows the other five Robot Masters (Guts Man, Elec Man, Fire Man, Ice Man, and Bomb Man) as subordinates to Cut Man, as they serve as mini-bosses guarding Cut Man's lair.
Episode 13: Happy Birthday, Mega Man
A spotlight episode for Mega Man, as well as the second appearance of Dr. Light and the first and only full appearance of Mega Girl. The N Team throws Mega Man a surprise birthday party, after realizing that Mega Man has become increasingly depressed over the fact that he's the only one of his kind. The party takes place however, at a cursed amusement park that feeds off of the wishes of those who enter it; for Mega Man it "creates" Mega Girl for Mega Man. Despite the consequences of destroying the amusement park (causing Mega Girl to cease to exist), Mega Man destroys cursed park and frees his friends. However, for the episode's twist ending, Mega Girl does not disappear in the end and it is revealed that Mega Girl was a creation of Dr. Light and not the amusement park.
Episode 20: The Big Game
This episode is based on Mega Man 2 and Epyx's California Games. In the planet Metroid, Dr. Wily creates an energy machine and seven of the eight Robot Masters from Mega Man 2, with Flash Man mysteriously absent. He works with Mother Brain to energize the machine and had enough power to send the main characters to the Earthquake Zone. This coincides with Captain N feeling homesick for his friends on Earth; Princess Lana responds by summoning Kevin's friends from Earth, with them ending up fighting alongside the Gamemasters against Wily's new Robot Masters in a game of football.
The episode is infamous for its designs of the Mega Man 2 Robot Masters, which, perhaps with the exception of Heat Man, bear almost no resemblance to their video game counterparts.
When Mother Brain Rules
Aside from original narration, the episode was comprised of clips and never given an official release.
Among the clips used are from "Mega Trouble for Megaland" including:
- Captain N, Lana, Duke and Mega Man having their first and second encounter with Big Eye.
- The N Team's second battle with the six robot masters.
Episode 32: A Tale of Two Dogs
This episode is based only on Mega Man 3. Dr. Wily joins Dr. Wright to create a giant peacekeeping robot called Gamma. Dr. Wright gets really happy to have Dr. Wily come back to the good side, but actually, Dr. Wily was planning to steal Gamma and use it for evil purposes. Mega Man and Kevin go to Topland, a location in Megaland, to take the energy tank necessary for Gamma to work.
Mega Man characters
All characters from the cartoon are different from the original. Mega Man characters live in Megaland, a part of Videoland. Here are the Mega Man characters differences from the originals:
In the cartoon, Mega Man is portrayed as a short, big-headed cyan robot (later changed to green) with a strange robotic voice. His "Mega Buster" is a small wrist gun concealed in his arm that is wielded in a similar way to Spider-Man's web shooter. A slot can open in his wrist to reveal an energy meter much like the ones in the games, though for some reason Mega Man and all his friends share the same meter. Notably, he also has a tendency to add the word "Mega" to certain terms to add emphasis. He also has a voice that, according to well-known internet reviewer The Nostalgia Critic, sounds "like Popeye if he smoked an entire Marlboro factory!"
Dr. Wright (Dr. Light) is an old dwarfed scientist with a big nose and less hair than the original.
Dr. Wily looks like the original, but dwarfed and with a deformed head. He is voiced by Ian James Corlett, who ironically voiced Mega Man in the Ruby-Spears cartoon. He works for Mother Brain in this cartoon.
Mega Girl is a female version of Mega Man. She was created by Dr. Wright, and first appeared in the episode Happy Birthday, Mega Man. Though she made no more full appearances, she is briefly seen dancing with Mega Man in the Season Two episode "Having a Ball". She is believed to be the series' version of Roll, which is a heavy contradiction, since Roll was never converted for combat like her Mega Man was, and Roll and Mega Man consider each other siblings in the games.
Rush looks similar to the appearance he has in the games, except that he is brown and orange instead of red and pink. He only appeared in the episode "A Tale of Two Dogs", where he uses the Rush Rocket (Rush Jet). He can actually speak in this, done so by simply opening his mouth and "speaking" in a harsh, robotic monotone. He tends to end his sentences with a rather ungainly, robotic "ARFFF!!"
Garbage Man is a Robot Master that only appeared in this cartoon, on the episode "Mega Trouble in Megaland". He was created by Dr. Wright. He was built to trash the evil Robot Masters, but instead just trashed the doctor's lab.
Cut Man bears no resemblance with his game counterpart. Instead, he is a green and orange robot with lighter green gloves, a thin purple human face, and a pair of golden-coloured Barbers' Scissors in place of his trademark cutters, which he fires off his head rather than throwing them like a boomerang. He is also referred to as 'Cuts Man'.
On a side note, out of all the Mega Man 1 bosses in the Captain N Cartoon, Cut Man is the only robot master with any spoken dialogue, mostly notably: "Cuts Man's the name, Cutting's my game, and I don't mean hair!".
Guts Man, compared to his game counterpart, has a smaller lower jaw, what appears to be a navel, and a different color scheme.
The Captain N version of Ice Man is quite similar to his game counterpart. There are a few differences: Ice Man has light blue skin, a cuboid-shaped body, a somewhat robotic face with strange purple markings and eyebrows, and he uses an gun that shoots freezing rays, instead of firing Ice Slashers from his mouth like in the original game. Some argue that his form was inspired by the DC Comics supervillain Captain Cold.
He was mentioned but not seen in the episode "Nightmare on Mother Brain's Street", where Mega Man's worst nightmare is being frozen solid by him.
Other than the predominantly green colour change and a more rectangular body (as opposed to the more spherical design of the original), this depiction of Bomb Man is very similar to the game version.
Fire Man bears some slight resemblance to the original, but only really in his flaming head, and lack of hands. Otherwise, he is completely different, with a metallic silver face, a thicker build, and red and orange body panels with silver and green tubing underneath as opposed to the silver helmet, red armour plating and grey jumpsuit of the original.
Elec Man bears much resemblance to a human wearing a black and purple costume. He also wears stereotypical Teacher glasses that have a solid gold color.
Metal Man is silver and both his hands are turned into Metal-Blade blasters. He poses a resemblance to an electric can opener, and the only resemblance to his in-game counterpart is the saw blade on his forehead.
Air Man is white and has two fan blasters for arms, rather than having a single fan blaster for one arm and a propeller for a mouth like in the original.
Crash Man has a scoop-like blaster that fires Acme bombs.
Heat Man is red and has a blaster on his right arm, but his body retains the "Zippo Lighter" design the original had.
The Doc Robot is a very strange small and thin doctor robot with glasses and beard, possibly to suit the name "Doc Robot", that assists Dr. Wily. He only uses Metal Man's Metal-Blades to attack, and was smashed by a giant pipe he cut with a Metal-Blade.
Gamma is now a giant yellow ball with eyes, blue arms, yellow legs and a blue belt with a smile draw on it. It has the peace symbol as it was originally created for peace. It has also a cockpit in the top of his head, where Dr. Wily controls it.
The Big Eye (the jumping enemy with one eye from the first game) didn't change much from the others, except that his eye is yellow and he is bigger (between 10–30 meters). Only one blue Big Eye appeared in the cartoon. The boss Big Eye from Mega Man: Powered Up was probably based on this Big Eye.
A Blader appeared in episode 5. He has angry yellow eyes, a white nose and teeth (without a mouth).
Called "Gear Clowns". These are the only Mega Man enemies in the show that actually have lines.
Characters not related to Mega Man. The main characters are Kevin Keene, Princess Lana, Duke, Mega Man, Simon Belmont (Castlevania) and Pit (Kid Icarus). The main villains are Mother Brain (Metroid), King Hippo (Punchout), Eggplant Wizard (Kid Icarus) and Dr. Wily.
Characters that aren't from games
Location: Palace of Power
He is a human that has gone inside of a video game. His weapon is the Zapper, an accessory for the NES. He is voiced by Matt Hill.
She is the princess of Videoland and made Kevin come to Videoland to help her. She is voiced by Venus Terzo. While she is an original character, she is heavily based on Palutena from Kid Icarus.
Kevin's dog that also came from the real world.
The Game Boy was a Nintendo gaming system and is a character in the cartoon. Game Boy is a sentient computer. He was voiced by Frank Welker.
Simon Belmont was a vampire hunter and the main playable character in the Castlevania video games. This version of him has a big ego and dresses like an airplane pilot. He is voiced by Andrew Kavadas.
Count Dracula from the Castlevania games. He wear orange clothes and a black cape and has a large face and light blue skin. He can turn into an ugly orange bat with a human head with a big mouth.
Alucard appeared in the episode "Return to Castlevania". He is depicted as a stereotypical surfer here, as opposed to his serious and dark nature in the real games. Alucard is Dracula spelled backwards.
Kid Icarus characters
He is the main character from the game Kid Icarus. He is smaller in this cartoon. He is voiced by Alessandro Juliani. Oddly, his name is Kid Icarus in Captain N instead of Pit. Often ends terms with Ancient Greek prefixes such as "-ius" and "icus"(for example, he refers to Simon Belmont as Simonius).
A character that works for Mother Brain. He had a large role in the show, despite being a regular enemy in Kid Icarus—Medusa was the main villain.
Mother Brain is the main villain of the cartoon and from the Metroid game series. She is voiced by Levi Stubbs in a fashion similar to Audrey II, the talking plant in the cult musical Little Shop of Horrors.
The main character from The Legend of Zelda games. He wields a magical Sword and Shield, and is Kevin's favourite game character. Ironically, Link initially does not seem to like Kevin very much and comes off as standoffish and rude towards him, partially due to Kevin proving a more capable warrior in Hyrule. They later reconcile and become friends, working together to defeat Ganon and recovering the Triforce.
A main character of the Zelda games. She is a princess and is something of a love interest for Link.
The main villain of the Zelda games. He is an evil wizard and looks like a pig. He is easily defeated by Link, having a spell reflected back at him.
Moblin, Stalfos (looks like an alien skeleton), Goriya (a blue monster with a samurai armor), Iron Knuckle, Horsehead
Characters from other games.
Donkey Kong is a huge ape who lives in Kongoland, and an escapee from Mario's circus. At one point, he kidnapped Mario's niece Pauline, so Mario had to chase him down to a construction site to rescue her. Donkey Kong kidnapping Pauline was the main plot of the original Donkey Kong arcade game.
A fat monster with blue skin, a crown and boxing gloves that works for Mother Brain. He is a fighter from the game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!.
A anthropomorphic wombat in a costume, essentially a parody of the Adam West Batman.
- The series marks the first time that Mega Man appeared alongside Pit, Donkey Kong, Link and Zelda. All of them appear as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
- Though Copy Robot doesn't appear in the series, an evil version of Mega Man from the Mirror Zone appears in Episode 11: In Search of the King, that may have been influenced by him.
- The Captain N version of Mega Man makes a number of cameo appearances in Archie Comics' Mega Man series, specifically in the Short Circuits humor strips. This included appearances in Mega Man #49 and #55. He would also appear in the Off Panel for Sonic Universe #77.
- See Wikipedia's page about Captain N: The Game Master or another gaming wiki (like the Castlevania wiki and Wikitroid) for more details of characters and miscellaneous not related to Megaman.
- The Mechanical Maniacs article about Captain N: The Game Master
- Garbage Man at Captain N Wiki