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September 1989 - July 1992, NBC

DiC Entertainment

Theme Song: Captain N: TGM (season 1)

Captain N: The Game Master (season 2)

Captain N: The Game Master (season 3)



n an alternate dimension called Videoland, populated by worlds and characters originating from the Nintendo games that were popular at the time the cartoon series was made, an ancient prophecy foretold of a savior who would deliver Videoland from the forces of evil that threatened to overtake it. Back on Earth, teenager Kevin Keene's passion for video games (and by association his knowledge of the games) made him an ideal candidate to fulfill the prophecy's role as savior. One day while playing a video game, Kevin and his dog Duke were pulled through a warp zone originating from the TV set in his bedroom and sucked into Videoland. What started out as a live-action Kevin actually turned into a cartoon character once he entered the new world (meaning, he saw and recognized himself as a cartoon character).



In Videoland Kevin found himself equipped with a Zapper (electronic gaming gun) and a Nintendo-styled control pad (attached where his belt buckle would be) that he could use to execute video game type abilities (such as pausing the action or executing an unnaturally high jump) as long as the power of the controller didn't run down, which it sometimes did. He quickly teamed up with a new group of friends who called him Captain N (recognizing him as the one the prophecy foretold). Princess Lana ruled Videoland in place of her father who had been banished to the Mirror. In her service was the short but powerful robot Mega Man (from his own self-titled game), the handsome but vain Simon Belmont (from Castlevania), and the arrow shooting, cherub-like Kid Icarus (also from a self-titled game). At the beginning of the second season the group was joined by Game Boy, a human-sized supercomputer shaped like the Nintendo product of the same name.


Together, the "N Team" fought to save Videoland from an evil, giant brain in a jar called Mother Brain (chief baddie from Nintendo's Metroid) and her lackeys, the thuggish King Hippo (from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!), an inept vegetable called Eggplant Wizard (from Kid Icarus) and the mad scientist Doctor Wily (from Mega Man).


Portals called "warp zones" allowed the denizens of Videoland to travel instantly between different video game worlds within Videoland. Using warp zones meant that N Team could quickly and easily travel from Princess Lana's residence, the Palace of Power, to wherever they were needed. The only problem with warp zones was that each led to only one location, and if the traveler was unfamiliar with a warp zone he couldn't know where he would end up.


The series premiered in 1989 as part of NBC's Saturday morning lineup. In its second season the show was packaged with episodes of Super Mario Brothers to form the 60-minute Captain N and the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. The following season the packaged show was reduced to 30 minutes and re-titled Captain N and the New Super Mario World. The shortened time slot meant that individual stories were reduced from 22 minutes to 11 minutes in length.




Kevin Keene (live action)

Dorian Barag

Captain N

Matt Hill


Matt Hill

Princess Lana

Venus Terzo

Simon Belmont

Andrew Kavadas

Mega Man

Doug Parker

Kid Icarus

Alessandro Juliani

Game Boy

Frank Welker


Tomm Wright

Mother Brain

Levi Stubbs Jr.

Dr. Wily

Ian James Corlett

King Hippo

Gary Chalk

Eggplant Wizard

Michael Donovan





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Season 1


Kevin in Videoland

How's Bayou

The Most Dangerous Game Master


Mega Trouble for Megaland

Wishful Thinking

Three Men and a Dragon

Mr. & Mrs. Mother Brain

Nightmare on Mother Brain's Street

Simon the Ape-Man

In Search of the King

Metroid Sweet Metroid

Happy Birthday, Mega Man


Season 2



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

The Feud of Faxanadu

Having a Ball

The Trojan Dragon

I Wish I Was a Wombatman

The Invasion of the Paper Pedalers

Germ Wars

When Mother Brain Rules


Season 3


Misadventures in Robin Hood Woods

Pursuit of the Magic Hoop

Return to Castlevania

Totally Tetrisized

A Tale of Two Dogs

Battle of the Baseball Know-It-Alls

The Fractured Fantasy of Captain N








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