In an age where literature and comic books have practically become the go-to sources for big-budget movie adaptations, the craving for a good video game blockbuster feature has gotten increasingly more severe (Though I’d honestly prefer games to just stay as games, which I’ll delve deeper into at the end of the last part), which kind of speaks for itself when you consider the fact that what is arguably the best one out of all of them has a gag revolving around one of the characters taking a piss into a lake. So, seeing as how it’s a medium that provides creators and artists with far less limitations than film, as well as one that seems more suited for games, most people prefer to just take the easy way out and just go for the small screen. I mean, what could go wrong?
(sigh), Well, I suppose you all might have figured it out judging by the title. Although not quite as riddled with them as much as the film industry, the world of television has still given birth to horrid game adaptations a plenty, especially animated ones. From Mario, to Sonic, and even the lesser-known characters like the Battletoads, many of these animated adaptations are often considered to be some of the worst to ever come out of the industry, and we’ll be listing off twenty episodes from each of them. So, get ready to wreck some remotes, as we take a look at the Top 20 Worst Video Game Cartoon Episodes. By the way, expect all five articles to be fairly lengthy.
-Each episode must be from a different show, although different shows based on a particular game are accepted.
-The episode must have something a major, noteworthy flaw, and must be bad in an interesting or unique way.
– Don’t expect to see the Pokemon anime on here, because if I had to list off one episode, I’d have to list the entire show.
NO. 20: No Parking (Rayman: The Animated Series)
The Rayman franchise, with all of its’ bizarre, goofy characters and fantastical wacky worlds, is one that would fit in perfectly on the small screen. You got a protagonist of indecipherable species that has the ability to detach his limbs and use his hair like a helicopter, a dumb blue frog-like creature, robotic pirates, fairies, nymphs, and all sorts of the like! So, with that in mind, how does the VERY short-lived cartoon show (I’m not joking when I say that. This thing lasted for four episodes. FOUR EPISODES!!!!) fare? Not that great. While the animation is actually pretty good for the time, especially for a television production, it has as much in common with the games as much as Dragon Ball Evolution does with the anime that it originated from. That’s a problem that you can expect to pop up A LOT throughout this list, by the way. Aside from the titular character and Razorbeard (who only appeared in the first episode), none of the characters from the games make an appearance. Instead, we get characters such as Lac Mac, Betina, Cookie, and Flips, all of whom are painfully bland and one-note, Betina in particular. So, what about the plot? Ray and the gang have recently escaped the circus and are on the run from a police officer named Grub, and end up stopping at a park to rest. After Flips ends up getting trapped in a car which is sent to a scrapyard, the gang must rescue her but end up in grave danger themselves. Suddenly, Ray somehow gains the ability to detach his hands as well as using his helicopter hair, and…well, that’s about it. The main problem with this episode is that it doesn’t really have that much of a plot. Instead, stuff just happens. The humor is also pretty lackluster, mostly consisting of slapstick humor similar to the likes of Wile E. Coyote (except not funny), and jokes that force down each character’s one-note trait down our throats. Also, while I don’t like to repeat my points, almost none of the characters from the games make appearances. Maybe the new characters would’ve been tolerable if they were the central focus of just one episode, but not an entire freaking series! Really, the only saving grace here is Billy West’s performance as Rayman. You gotta admire the guy for making the best out of things. No Parking: Nobody should be forced to sit through this mess.
NO. 19: Fairies In The Spring (The Legend of Zelda)
Ah yes, the cartoon that is reviled by Zelda fans across the globe, and is also responsible for this genius and totally not-annoying phrase:
“Excuuuuse me, Princess!”
While all of the episodes of this show are bad, one sticks out in particular mostly due to the sheer stupidity of its’ plot. King Harkinian is building a water park for Hyrule, but its’ construction is threatened by the appearances of water monsters. Wanting to get to the bottom of this, he enlists his daughter, Zelda and her sidekick Link (Yeah, I’m calling him the sidekick. That’s pretty much what he is in this show) to investigate. In the end, it turns out that the water park was just placed too close to the Fairy Kingdom, and the park was just draining their water supply, so the King had his daughter create the water monsters to scare the builders off.
“THE LEGEND OF ZELDA! ACTION, ADVENTURE, AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO LEFT THE TOILET SEAT UP THE OTHER NIGHT!”
Besides that, the episode has the same flaws as all of the other episodes of this series: Link’s an obnoxious, wannabe womanizing jerk (Though I’d take that any day over his insultingly scatterbrained personality from the CD-i games), the animation is terrible, the writing is cheesy, and the action is just boring. Fairies In The Spring: I’d much rather apply springs to my shoes than watch this crap.
NO. 18: Kong For A Day (Donkey Kong Country)
The DKC TV show is one of the penultimate bad video game cartoons. It’s got almost everything: bad animation, annoying characters, lack of faithfulness to the source material, and a whole bunch of other problems. However, while it is pretty damn bad, I really wouldn’t have included any of the episodes if not for this particular one. The plot revolves around King K. Rool going around DK Island – oops, I mean “Kongo Bongo”, making all of DK’s friends mad at him for things that he didn’t do, ultimately resulting in DK being banished to the White Mountains and Diddy being proclaimed the new ruler of Kongo Bongo by the Crystal Coconut. Oh yeah, the Crystal Coconut! I totally remember that from the games! Except it never was in any of the games, and is just another reminder that the people who make these things can’t stick to what the game already has to offer in terms of story! Anyways, what’s the problem with this episode? Well, just look at the plot. ALL of DK’s friends get so irate with him without ever taking anything into consideration! For example, when Cranky wakes up to find his cabin destroyed, he sees a half-eaten banana and immediately deduces that DK was responsible. Err…Cranky, I kinda hate to tell you this, but…YOU LIVE ON AN ISLAND INHABITED BY PRIMATES WHERE BANANAS ARE THE MAIN SOURCE OF FOOD! It could’ve been anyone who left that banana! In addition to the plot, we’ve also got musical numbers. Yes, you heard me: musical numbers. Though to be fair, they can range from being pretty good to downright atrocious. Also, there are times when the CGI can get pretty damn creepy (there’s a scene with Dixie which you have to see for yourselves). In the end, DK ends up coming back, saves the day, and defeats K. Rool, but all of his friends sans Diddy are still mad at him (At least, that’s what I assume. The episode never has a scene with DK’s friends apologizing), leaving the episode off on a surprisingly unsatisfying note. Kong For A Day: Don’t spoil your day by watching this hunk of junk.
NO. 17: Curse Of The Lion Men (Mega Man)
Ah yes, even before the days of pizza explosions, cancelled games, and…whatever the hell THIS is, the blue bomber had his fair share of misfires, this in particular being one of them. The problem with this episode goes beyond the corny one-liners and mindless action sequences that’s to be expected from these types of shows, and really just goes to the fact that it’s just so…out there. Okay, I know that a game about a robot kid dressed in blue that goes around shooting at other robots and stealing their abilities isn’t exactly conceptually sophisticated itself, but hear me out: The plot revolves around Wily’s robots discovering a tribe of alien lion creatures, who then go around spreading an infection that turns humans into alien lion creatures in their plot to take over the world. After Wily sides with Tar, the leader of the lions, he ends up getting betrayed and turned into a lion himself along with Dr. Light, leaving it to Mega Man to find a way to put an end to the infection and defeat Tar and the lions. With all that out of the way, I’m sure you all know what I mean by this one being “out there”. In addition to that, the animation and voice acting are pretty shoddy, overall making up one of the most “WTF” cartoons of all time. Curse Of The Lion Men: It’d be a real curse to have to watch this for the rest of my life.
To be continued…