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Posted 9/1/14 , edited 9/1/14
So, does anyone remember the old video game based cartoons that were everywhere in the 1990's? What were your favorites?

Starting Strong is my favorite from the era, Wing Commander Academy. Based on the classic Chris Roberts space sim franchise, the series follows a young Christopher Blair and Todd Marshall (Played by their original game actors Mark Hamill and Tom Wilson, respectively) training on the TCS Tiger's Claw under the command of Commodore Sir Geoffry Tolwynn (Malcom MacDowell). This one is the standout of the USA Saturday Morning lineup from the casting alone. The animation was typical of early 1990's American animation, it looks like it could have been part of the GI Joe franchise. What made it cool to someone who was already familiar with the games was how much detail the space combat was given. You could easily discern what ships were being used (though they generally stuck to Scimitars and Dralthi as the main combatants, as was typical in the first game) with ships from later games being given cameos. When you were in a cockpit shot, the instruments were even correct to the games, with the radar being readable, at a glance you could tell where the other ships were, relative to the pilot in question if you had played the games. The plot didn't give a lot of breather episodes, oftentimes tackling subjects such as post traumatic stress disorder, biological warfare, combat fatigue and military politics. The tone is dark, but they tried to keep it kid friendly, but I wouldn't let a kid under ten watch the show, personally. There's only one episode I would skip, and that would be episode 8, Recreation. It was a part of a crossover between all of the USA saturday morning lineups, and as a WCA episode, was actually pretty terrible. I was able to obtain a copy via Amazon. I would recommend it if you can get it for less than ten bucks.
Posted 9/2/14 , edited 9/2/14
I remember Wing Commander Academy. It was a decent show and I watched it because of Mark Hamill. I also used to watch the Mario and Sonic cartoons, though I didn't find them to be very good. Same with The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong Country. However, I did enjoy Street Fighter II: V which never gets boring for me. My favorite of all time has got to be Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, based off the hit computer game series.

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Posted 9/10/14
Mutant League,Mortal Kombat,Battle Toads,Double Dragon.
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Posted 9/14/14
Totally forgot about Carmen Sandiego, that show was pretty badass. I really only remembered the PBS game show from when I was little. Unfortunately many of the older video game based shows in the 90's were awful, except the Saturday AM Sonic The Hedgehog.

Of course there was the weekday Sonic that was written by people on acid. The one standout stupid episode of that I can remember is when Tails had a broken arm and sonic was pushing him around in a wheelchair. WTF? He can stand on both legs and still fly with his tails, a busted arm shouldn't really slow the kid down much. Also: Steve Urkle as Sonic, BLECH.
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Posted 9/15/14
Gotta add another one to keep things going.

Battletech is not technically a video game based cartoon, but based on the board game of the same name, which fathered the MechWarrior series of video games. It takes place during the very beginning of the Clan Invasion, a critical moment in the history of it's universe, but one that until almost twenty years later, would go uncovered by the video game series. This series plays so fast and loose with the canon that in-universe it is even made fun of, described as a very terrible propaganda piece made by the Lyran Commonwealth after-the-fact, that while selling a ton of merchandise was almost universally panned.

What makes this series notable is the fact that it is a very early integration of computer generated graphics into a traditional animated series.

My review of it is as follows:

Battletech is a typical 90's licensed action cartoon. The acting is average at best, some characters being almost unlistenable (Nicolai Malthus's opening speech is definitely starting with the wrong foot forward). The Dialogue is atrociously bad at parts (though clever in having several characters speak in Japanese to get around censorship more than five years before Serenity ever set sail). The animation is coarse in some parts, but overall pretty average, except for the CGI 'Mech battles, which are actually pretty cool when you consider that nothing like that had really been done before. If you're a fan of Battletech already it is by no means unwatchable, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you are up for a laugh at something that's just so completely average that it's good. All thirteen episodes are available on Youtube, though some are segmented into multiple parts so have your mouse and keyboard at the ready.

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Here's a link to Battletech: Episode 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqzEssjkMeU
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I always wanted to watch Captain N the Game Master again! Although the mega man in that show was ultra annoying!
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Posted 11/26/15 , edited 12/20/15
Sonic the Hedgehog (SATAM), Captian N : The Game Master and The Legend of Zelda. Though I'm not a video game player, I love these series
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Does Pokemon count? It is based on a video game series, and it was really big in the nineties. Like any other kid at the time, I was all about the Pokemans!

I also used to watch Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the one where he acted like Road Runner to Dr. Eggman's Coyote. It was pretty stupid.
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