Come along, 1980s Saturday morning warriors! We must save Videoland! Or, rather, we must sit and eat cereal while watching the Captain N: The Game Master cartoon on NBC each Saturday morning before flipping the channel to Garfield and Friends on CBS. Where was I going with this? Ah, yes, right. Beloved game-based cartoon Captain N is coming to DVD early next year following up on the apparently successful DVD sets of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and The Legend of Zelda. The captain is getting the full retro treatment with some nifty bonus features, and TVShowsOnDVD has the story.
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.
Captain N was an important part of my Saturday morning routine during my childhood. It didn't matter that the cartoons didn't hold true to the actual games (even as a kid I knew that Mother Brain didn't live on "Metroid", she lived on the planet Zebes in Metroid; and don't even get me started on the mischaracturization of Pit/Kid Icarus) and it didn't matter that King Hippo was colored blue for some reason. All that mattered on the playgrounds of yesterday was that we all wanted the special Nintendo controller worn by the show's hero, Kevin "Captain N" Keene himself, that granted him special game-based powers. Who wouldn't want a real-life pause button?