Despite me searching the net for years just to find even a few episodes of Captain N, bagging some chewed up videos, placing orders from dodgy sites that never arrived, obtaining nasty pirate copies and fake DVD's that barely worked, they've finally decided to release the series on DVD. And although I would have liked it to have been sooner, I suppose that it couldn't really have come at a much better time than this.
For those that don't know, the N in Captain N, stands for Nintendo, and seeing as Nintendo have swiftly restored their rightful place on the top spot of the video game world with the DS and the Wii, this show once again has a place.
The series, started in around 1991 was based around a kid called Kevin who got sucked through his Nes while playing Mike Tyson's Punch out, and found himself in Videoland, with the nes pad on his belt and the lightgun to get him through different worlds. His N team consisted of famous characters from Nes games such as Megaman, Kid Icarus and Simon Belmont from Castlevania. Seeing as the Wii has a device that allows you to download many of these old games, the series will make sense to even new generations of game players.
Anyway, at the end of the day, none of that really matters. What matters is whether or not the series was any good, and seeing as this was made during a time when Children's cartoons were at there best, and it had Nintendo funding, it's no surprise that it was. Some of it is amazing. The animation dipped after the first season, eventually going almost completely by the very end, but the stuff on this set is all good, including some of the best moments I ever saw in a kids show. Check out the two parter when they fight Big Eye in Megaman's world, and the way that at the end of every episode they played massive songs from the time, such as Michael Jacksons Thriller during an episode in Castlevania. It's so well made that as they journey through video game to video game, it will make you wanna pick up a nes again and start playing through the games yourself. Fortunately, the Wii should mean that you actually can.
So, to summarise, any Nintendo fan, any cartoon fan, buy this series. It was up there with Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters and others as one of the best kids shows going. If only they had released it when I was still 8 years old.