The 7 worst animated series based on video games


Published on May 09, 2020


The last time we have seen the best series based on a fighting game (HERE); today we will see the experiments that have not been crowned with success, although it is the franchise of great impact also outside of the scope of videogames; however, all of them made from studies of western...

Mario is the mascot of Nintendo, and it is supposed that in granting the rights to do an animated series, there is premuri to ensure the good quality of the final product.

But this is not the case: The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! is a television series cartoon by DiC Animation City in 1989 and based on the first two games of the series. It was broadcast in Italy in 1989 on Channel 5 and Italy 1 with the title Super Mario.

The main feature is that in addition to the cartoons, there were also segments in the live-action Mario and Luigi, played by Lou Albano and Danny Wells, carried out their own adventures from plumbers in Brooklyn.

The segments animated followed instead of Mario and Luigi in the “Kingdom of Mushrooms”, a surreal parallel world ruled by Princess Cherry (Peach), assisted by his servant, Ughetto (Toad) in the face of the evil and tyrannical king Attila (Bowser).

Cherry, then, asks them to help her reach the capital, and of the defeat of Attila, and in exchange, the princess will bring them back to the house.

Live-action and animation, even if separated, in a unique show is not always a good idea, and if we add a realization is not particularly brilliant, the game is done, then if we add the Italian adaptation, help!

When Donkey Kong Country by Rare released in 1994 for Super Nintendo, it was a true revolution thanks to its graphics that was looking for the third dimension.

Unfortunately, the animated television series to the computer, the French-canadian inspired by the Nintendo franchise has not complied with the pomp of the series of video games.

Transmitted for the first time in France on September 4, 1996, in Italy, it was already dubbed for Mediaset, but is currently still unpublished; and, given the premises, I believe it will remain so...

Donkey Kong Country was one of the first television series to be entirely animated with motion capture technology, with the obvious limits of time and budget, apparently.

Donkey Kong is a monkey which you happen to find a coconut magic, the Crystal Coconut, which grants wishes and is able to answer the questions. Donkey Kong, he becomes the protector, given that the precious object is now housed in the cabin, Cranky Kong.

But king K. Roll and his minions want to steal the crystal to govern the island of Kongo Bongo. Of course, you would not fail us.

The series also features various songs from the original musical, as each episode featured two songs interpreted by the characters.

In any case, in spite of an animation CG from the Nineties that has made it age badly, and a plot that had nothing to do with the games, the series lasted for two seasons.

Sonic Underground, known in France as Sonic Le Rebelle, is an animated series co-produced by DIC Productions, L. P. and Les Studios Tex S. A. R. L.; will be the last series based on the hedgehog of SEGA, produced by the american home.

For series DEC follow a storyline separate given that Sonic has two siblings, Sonia and Manic, a time members of a royal family led by queen Aleena; but now their planet is under the yoke of the evil Robotnik.

It was broadcast for the first time in France in 1999 on TF1, but that only lasted for one season of forty episodes. In Italy was presented on Italia 1 and in the same year.

The oracle of Delphius has assigned to the three brothers, the powerful “medallions” that can be transformed into musical instruments and can also be used as weapons. The medallion of Sonic is an electric guitar, the medallion of Sonia, a keyboard, and the medallion of Manic is a battery. All of the medallions can be used as laser guns. The three use the amulets also as instruments for their rock underground band, “Sonic Underground”.

Unfortunately, a soundtrack of little thickness (error, avoidable for a series where music is the foundation of the plot) and a plot which is often confused to have led the fans, already unhappy with a script that had nothing to do with the game series, condemning the series without appeal.

Captain N: The Game Master is an animated television series american-canadian broadcast on television from 1989 to 1991 on NBC. In Italy, it was presented with the title of A video game for Kevin.

If you have, with the likes of Mega Man and Simon Belmont and environments taken by franchises such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, as well as all those of Nintendo, what could go wrong and produce a series mediocre?

Captain N is the answer: despite the fact that it managed to introduce many quotations of the Nintendo consoles, including gun-Zapper and also a Game Boy (!), the series has dissatisfied the fans, by modifying heavily the design and character of the personalities involved.

But probably the crime most great is how it has been portrayed Mother Brain, the main antagonist of the series, Metroid... it's better not to go over. Not counting an Italian adaptation is not particularly respectful of the background, the videogame that the series, in good and in evil, brought still behind.

Street Fighter has given us the anime, the most beautiful based on a video game, Street Fighter II V, but also, unfortunately, one of the worst, Street Fighter: The Animated Series produced by InVision Entertainment and aired for the first time from 1995 to 1997 for two seasons.

The show is based on the series Street Fighter II, but with borrowed also from the movie, a live-action Street Fighter as well as the first two games in the Street Fighter Alpha and other Capcom games.

The plot, such as that of the film, a live-action, starring colonel William F. Guile, the leader of the “Street Fighters”, a force for international peace under the roof, which is fighting against the ruthless general Bison and his criminal empire Shadaloo. Their words are “discipline”, “justice” and “commitment”.

Unfortunately, the technical realization of low-level even for the times, the plot unconvincing and the dialogues-to-forget condemn this series to oblivion (luckily, his and ours). The series is unpublished in Italy.

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (known as Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series outside of the United States) is an american animated series based on the video game series Mortal Kombat.

Produced by Threshold Entertainment and Film Roman, it aired for one season of thirteen episodes from September to December 1996 (in Italy she made her debut on Italian Teen Television in 2003).

The series is a sequel to the alternative to the first movie of Mortal Kombat and anticipates the events of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

The show focuses on a group of warriors assembled by Raiden (spelled Rayden in the series...) to defend Moves by the invaders of the various other dimensions. The warriors are Liu Kang, Stryker, Sonya Blade, Jax, Kitana and Sub-Zero, with Nightwolf, who served as the technical support.

The characters and their background were kept faithful, although they have been introduced a lot of original characters exclusive to the program. The plots have little relationship with those of the games, though the designs of the characters are based on their sprite.

The most impressive aspect of the show was the fact that he has made from the debut to Quan Chi, who would become a great antagonist in the series of games.

Defenders of the Realm was cancelled after only one season. And no wonder: if you know the series you will know that the violence is the mistress; here, however, not only was there no violence, but it did impart moral lessons, as in the best tradition of the series Filmation. Not ago!

The saga of The Legend of Zelda is a jewel of Nintendo, who accompanied the players since the time of the first episode on the NES, giving the chapters the mythical Ocarina of Time and link to the past.

So it is very sad to talk about this series, The Legend of Zelda, which arrived on the Italian screens with the title An enchanted kingdom to Zelda.

This is an animated series produced in 1989 by DIC Entertainment and based on the first episode of the series, with some minimal references to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

The series tells the story of the classic plot of an episode of the series: Link and Zelda must defend the kingdom of Hyrule from the evil Ganon and his henchmen, whose purposes are to steal the triforce of wisdom, kidnap Zelda, and then conquer the Kingdom.

What makes the series absolutely to avoid are the inadequacy of the dialogue (“Well, excuse me, Princess!” is the phrase most repeated by the Links in the thirteen episodes of the series) and a technical realization to forget... a false step for the Link to the equal of episodes for the CD-i!

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