Captain N: The Game Master

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Captain N: The Game Master's title screen, when it aired alongside Super Mario World.

Captain N: The Game Master is a television show produced by DIC Entertainment which spans three seasons and thirty-four episodes. The premise was originally created by Nintendo Power's Randy Studdard. The original idea was about Nintendo's main computer going rogue after an accident with coffee reacted with sensitive microships, which also had exploded near a Nintendo employee, giving him the power to create illusions, and called himself "Captain Nintendo". Although the Nintendo computer became sentient, it was actually an ally that helped Captain Nintendo, and warned him that his powers were only temporary. The villian of the story was Mother Brain, who had been brought to life through this accident and was bringing other villians such as Ganon to life. Captain Nintendo countered this by bringing the Nintendo hero Link into the real world. The story ended where a defeated Mother Brain retreated into a state of hibernation, but the computer warned that she would return at full power, and Captain Nintendo resolves to be ready when she returns, and that she will not threaten Earth. A lot of things were changed. Captain N was also a segment of the Nintendo Comics System but because of licensing restrictions only characters from Nintendo-produced games appeared. Samus Aran, who never appeared in the show (although her enemy did), was a regular character in the comic.

Overview[edit]

Kevin Keene and his dog, Duke.

Kevin Keene, the hero of the show, while playing Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! on his NES, is sucked into a vortex formed in the television, and his dog, Duke jumps in after him. After falling through the Ultimate Warp Zone, Kevin lands in Videoland. To save Videoland from Mother Brain, the villain of Metroid, and to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Kevin must become Captain N.

Kevin appears before the N Team, made up of Princess Lana (ruler of Videoland), Simon Belmont (Castlevania), Megaman, and Kid Icarus. Princess Lana is captured, and the team comes together to save her. The group continues to battle Mother Brain and her group of villains over the course of the show.

Mario influences[edit]

Although Mario did not make an appearance, possibly because he had his own show, there are many times something from the Mario series is mentioned. For example, the characters routinely use a Warp Zone to get from place to place and in the first episode Kevin compares this to the Warp Zones in Super Mario Bros.

Many sound effects from the early Mario games are used in the show, and some background music from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! was used in Captain N as well.

Donkey Kong in Captain N: The Game Master[edit]

DK's appearance in Queen of the Apes.
DK walking with Game Boy.

Donkey Kong is depicted as a giant ape who doesn't like visitors. He attacks anyone who enters Kongo Land, his home in the show. Donkey Kong is seen in the first episode when the N Team takes the wrong warp zone and ends up right in his shower. In "Videolympics" he competes on Mother Brain's team and easily defeats Captain N and Kid Icarus in a wrestling match by sitting on them. In this same episode Captain N plays a "life-sized" simulated version of the original Donkey Kong game.

In "Simon the Ape-Man", Simon gets amnesia and believes he's Donkey Kong Jr. In "Queen of the Apes" Mother Brain accidentally switches her brain into Donkey Kong's body, while Donkey Kong ends up housed in Game Boy for the episode. In "The Lost City of Kongoland" Donkey Kong ends up helping the N Team get rid of the plant creatures overrunning his home. From time to time Donkey Kong is also shown to be the hero of a series of movies gently poking fun at Indiana Jones.

Cast[edit]

  • Kevin Keene (live action main title) — Dorian Barag
  • Duke (live action main title) — Louie From Critters of the Cinema
  • Kevin "Captain N" Keene — Matt Hill
  • Duke — Tomm Wright
  • Princess Lana — Venus Terzo
  • Kid Icarus — Alessandro Juliani
  • Simon Belmont — Andrew Kavadas
  • Megaman — Doug Parker
  • Game Boy (Season 2 and 3) — Frank Welker
  • Mother Brain — Levi Stubbs
  • King Hippo — Gary Chalk
  • Eggplant Wizard — Michael Donovan
  • Dr. Albert W. Wily — Ian James Corlett
  • Additional Voices — Long John Baldry/Shane Meier

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 1989[edit]

  1. Kevin In Videoland
  2. How's Bayou
  3. Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain
  4. Videolympics
  5. Mega Trouble For Megaland
  6. The Most Dangerous Game Master
  7. Three Men and a Dragon
  8. Nightmare on Mother Brain's Street
  9. Simon the Ape-Man
  10. Metroid Sweet Metroid
  11. Wishful Thinking
  12. In Search of the King
  13. Happy Birthday, Megaman

Season 2: 1990[edit]

  1. Gameboy
  2. Invasion of the Paper Pedalers
  3. Queen of the Apes
  4. Quest for the Potion of Power
  5. I Wish I was a Wombatman
  6. The Trouble With Tetris
  7. The Big Game
  8. Having a Ball
  9. Trojan Dragon
  10. Lost City of Kongoland
  11. Once Upon a Time Machine
  12. Feud of Faxanadu
  13. Germ Wars
  14. When Mother Brain Rules

Season 3: 1991[edit]

  1. Misadventures In Robin Hood Woods
  2. Pursuit of the Magic Hoop
  3. Return to Castlevania
  4. Totally Tetrisized
  5. A Tale of Two Dogs
  6. Battle of the Baseball Know-It-Alls
  7. The Fractured Fantasy of Captain N

Broadcast history[edit]

  • USA
    • NBC (1989-1992)
    • Family Channel (1991-1993)
    • Syndication (1992-1993)
    • USA Network (1993-1995)
  • Canada
    • YTV (1992-1994)

Note: Captain N: The Game Master was played as part of Captain N & The Video Game Masters during syndication airings.