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Captain N The Game Master - The Complete Series

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Finally--All 26 Complete Episodes Available On A Deluxe 4-DVD Box Set!

The Forces of Chaos, led by the sinister Mother Brain (Metroid), are threatening to conquer the otherwise peaceful universe of Videoland. In a final attempt to fulfill an ancient prophecy, the N-Team -- consisting of Princess Lana, Simon Belmont (Castlevania), Kid Icarus, and Mega Man -- recruits California teenager Kevin Keene to don the mantle of Captain N: The Game Master! But only as a team can they fend off their rivals successfully, keeping Videoland safe for another day.

Considered the quintessential animated series for gamers, Captain N: The Game Master used its flare for exciting storytelling and its overwhelming popularity to show off the hottest new games and accessories in Nintendo's arsenal.

Captain N: The Game Master features regular appearances by popular Nintendo villains King Hippo (Punch Out), Dr. Wily (Mega Man), and the Eggplant Wizard (Kid Icarus), while peppering in special guest appearances by icons like Link and Princess Zelda (The Legend Of Zelda) and the original Donkey Kong!

Bonus features include original concept art, in-depth character bios and more!

Total Running Time: Approx. 9½ hours


Season One

Disc 1
Kevin in Videoland
How's Bayou?
The Most Dangerous Game Master
Mega Trouble For Megaland
Wishful Thinking
Three Men & A Dragon

Bonus Features:
Exploring Videoland: The Palace Of Power, Castlevania and Bayouland
The N-Team: Kevin Keene, Simon Belmont

Disc 2
Mr. & Mrs. Mother Brain
Nightmare On Mother Brain's Street
Simon The Ape-Man
In Search Of The King
Metroid Sweet Metroid
Happy Birthday, Megaman

Bonus Features:
Exploring Videoland: Metroid, Kongoland, Excalibur
The N-Team: Princess Lana
The Forces Of Chaos: Mother Brain

Season Two

Disc 3
Queen Of The Apes
Quest For The Potion Of Power
The Trouble With Tetris
The Big Game
The Lost City Of Kongoland
Once Upon A Time Machine

Bonus Features:
Exploring Videoland: Mount Icarus, Hyrule
The N-Team: Kid Icarus, Gameboy
The Forces Of Chaos: The Eggplant Wizard, King Hippo

Disc 4
The Feud Of Faxanadu
Having A Ball
The Trojan Dragon
I Wish I Was A Wombatman
The Invasion Of The Paper Pedalers
Germ Wars

Bonus Features:
Exploring Videoland: Megaland, Dragons Den, Faxanadu
The N-Team: Megaman
The Forces Of Chaos: Dr. Wily
"Captain Nintendo" - The Original Short Story Published In Nintendo Power

One of the most anticipated animated DVD releases of 2007, the four-disc set of Captain N The Game Master compiles the majority of the animated action-adventure series (which ran from 1989-1991) that was inspired by the popular Nintendo game system. The premise of the show concerns average California teen and Nintendo fan Kevin Keene and his faithful dog Lucky, who are both pulled into their game system to Videoland, an animated world populated by heroes and villains from various Nintendo games. There, Kevin must assist the N Team--a group formed by Princess Lana, Icarus (from "Kid Icarus"), Simon Belmont (from "Castlevania") and Mega Man (from the game of the same name)--in defeating Mother Brain (from "Metroid") and her henchmen from conquering Videoland. The 26 episodes contained here pit Kevin and the team against the dragons from "Dragon's Den" ("Three Men and a Dragon"), a troublesome Gameboy ("Gameboy), and countless other nefarious types, including Dr. Wily ("Mega Man"), King Hippo ("Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!"), and Donkey Kong himself, whose allegiances shift from episode to episode. Animation is as spotty as most late '80s-early '90s TV cartoons tend to be, but the nostalgia factor for viewers of a certain age who recall their Nintendo systems with fondness should help to overcome this minor setback.

The history of Captain N is a convoluted one, despite its brief network run; while earning respectable ratings, the show was partnered with an animated Super Mario Brothers cartoon (which aired as Captain N and The Adventures of Super Mario Brothers 3) before being edited down to a supporting role in its own series and finally giving up the ghost in 1991. Due to its varying lengths and formats, the episodes contained here are only from the first and second season (and for the latter, the Super Mario Brothers portions have been removed). Nothing from the truncated, seven-episode Season 3 is included, which may be a stumbling block for dedicated fans. Extras are somewhat limited as well; thumbnail bios for each of the main characters are spread across the four discs, but little is given about their creation and development in the series. Similarly, the "Exploring Videoland" interactive featurette is a simple gallery of images from the various locations within Videoland. More interesting to the hardcore devotee will be the original cartoon from Nintendo Power magazine that provided the inspiration for the series, which rounds out the supplemental features. -- Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Exploring Videoland - an interactive look at the Videoland concept art
  • Nintendo Power's "Captain Nintendo" story
  • Animated character bios

Product Details

  • Actors: Garry Chalk, Michael Donovan, Doc Harris, Matt Hill, Alessandro Juliani
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 570 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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as some of you are aware disc 3 of the set on episode queen of the apes is missing about 3 min of footage , i recently sent a e-mail to shout factory to let them know of the flaw and i got the following e-mail back :

Hi Jason,

You are right, there was an error. We are in the process of correcting the problem. Once everything gets worked out we are going to make arrangements to manufacture the corrected disc, and give them out free to everyone that bought the box set. This process will take about a month though, so the best thing to do is to hold on to your set and check back with us in a month or so. We apologize for the incontinence.

so within a month you can send the disc in for a replacement
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Based on the 6-page short story "Captain Nintendo" published in Nintendo Power magazine issues 3 & 4, Captain N: The Game Master debuted September 9, 1989 on NBC, and was immediately embraced by Saturday morning viewers. Fans of the video games Mega Man, Castlevania and Kid Icarus however were dumbfounded by the show's redesign of Mega Man and Simon Belmont characters, and the renaming of the "Pit" character. Due to reasons privy only to Shout! Factory, the 7 episodes that comprise the third season of Captain N will not be released in this set.

"Captain N: The Game Master" is a 4-disc (570 min.) set which contains all 13 episodes from Season One, plus all 13 episodes from Season Two in Full Frame (1.33:1) video. Thanks to the folks at Shout! Factory, fans not only get the best seasons of Captain N in an official quality DVD set, but also the following Special features:

* Character Video Bios including narration taken directly from the text of the Captain N bible
* Exploring Videoland: Concept art for the worlds and locations of Captain N: The Game Master
* The Original Preview for "Kevin In Videoland"
* "Captain Nintendo" - the Nintendo Power short story that started it all!

Captain N Season One:
1. Kevin in Videoland
2. How's Bayou?
3. The Most Dangerous Game Master
4. Videolympics
5. Mega Trouble For Megaland
6. Wishful Thinking
7. Three Men & A Dragon
8. Mr. & Mrs. Mother Brain
9. Nightmare On Mother Brain's Street
10. Simon The Ape-Man
11. In Search Of The King
12. Metroid Sweet Metroid
13. Happy Birthday, Megaman

Captain N Season Two:
1. Gameboy
2. Queen Of The Apes
3. Quest For The Potion Of Power
4. The Trouble With Tetris
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Of all the cartoons I remember from my youth, I honestly never thought that Captain N: The Game Master would ever see the light of day again. Then again, considering the renaissance that Nintendo is going through thanks to the Wii and DS, maybe it's of little surprise that this old Nintendo cartoon would make it's way to DVD. Originally airing in the late 80's/early 90's, when Nintendo was king of the console world (then again, they pretty much were the console world at the time), Captain N revolved around a California teenager lured into the interactive world of video games to combat evil. Alongside him in battle are video game characters including Castlevania's Simon Belmont, Capcom's robot icon Mega Man, and even cult video game icon Kid Icarus. As the show goes on, nearly every popular series to get it's start on the 8-bit NES is covered on Captain N; ranging from Tetris, Punch-Out (no Mike Tyson), Metroid, and even Zelda and Link (who had their own animated series too), and the series maintains a fun atmosphere throughout with a good amount of kid-aimed action. Watching Captain N now though suffers the same fate as many cartoons from the era; they haven't aged all too well. In the later episodes in particular, the animation (which was never really anything to write home about) seems to decline more in quality, and as a previous reviewer has already stated, not every episode in the series is here in this handsome DVD set. That aside, there's an actual nice assortment of extras for old time fans with fond memories of the series, and it's good to see Captain N make his way to DVD.
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Long before Pokemon hit the airways, during the late 80's early 90's, Nintendo had several cartoon series running including Super Mario, Zelda and Captain N. I never really got into the Mario cartoon and I doubt I watched a single episode of Zelda but Captain N made an indelible impression on my memory. The animation is fairly mediocre although it does improve over time. The plots are fairly basic and the characters diverge considerably from the source material. In particular Megaman (aka The Blue Bomber) is drawn green and squatty and talks with a speech impediment. And speaking of impediments Kid Icarus has a speech affect that gets oldicus real fasticus. Simon Belmont is an arrogant dimwit rather than a heroic vampire hunter and Donkey Kong is a straight rip-off of King Kong.

Actually, the characters that I remembered most were Mother Brain's henchmen Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo. They were your typical mentally challenged underlings but somehow the shows creators managed to infuse them with enough charm and uniqueness that people still remember them two decades later. It's the small things like Hippo and Wizard that set this series apart. Captain N is definitely more than the sum of its parts. I'm not sure if Captain N would fall under the category of cult classic but it certainly says something that people still talk about the series this long after the show went off the air and there even exists a handful of websites devoted to Captain N that look as if some actual effort was put into them.

When it gets right down to it Captain N is going to be vastly more appealing to that certain segment of society that grew up playing the original NES system and watched cartoons in the late 80's early 90's.
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