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Sonic the HedgehogMuch of Sonics woes (and whoa, have there been a lot of woes) started when he added an expanded cast to his adventures. Things got worse when he started to talk. When an animated series about a talking Sonic and his crazy crew of friends and enemies came along it was always doomed to failure. Not as bad as some entries on the list, its nonetheless sad to see Sonic in any medium these days. Its been so very, very long since he did anything right. It seems like someone needs to just turn off the life-support machine and let him die peacefully. Beep.Beep.Beep. Beep. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Wing Commander AcademyWing Commander was one of the first game franchises to be badly burned by an awful movie adaptation. As if they couldnÂt just leave well alone, they had to make an unsuccessful cartoon as well. Despite featuring some major vocal talent (Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell) the damage was already done.
Pac-ManThe problem with converting a character invented to circumvent the graphical limitations of ancient gaming hardware to a world of childrenâs entertainment is the number of questions it raises. Is Pacman a drug addict? What is this strange world of mazes he lives in? What were the ghosts when they were alive? Is that really a Pac-Baby? How was that conceived? Who is this strange Sith Lord included in the cartoon but never mentioned in the game? What the f**k is going on!?!
The Adventures of Super Mario Brothers 3Unlike everything else here, Mario makes a lot of sense as a cartoon character. He appeals to children, saves Princesses and has a bunch of loyal, bumbling sidekicks (what exactly is a Birdo?) and a range of inept, incompetent antagonists (who birthed the Koopa Troopers?). The problem with this cartoon is that while it is clearly just a cartoon about Mario, it is marketed and branded prominently as ÂÂThe Adventures of Super Mario Brothers 3. The opening sequence has a huge image of the game cover on the front of a book; an act of marketing not so much subliminal as beating-you-about-the-face.
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the RealmWhile other entries on this list may have had some limited potential to succeed as a childrens cartoon, this entry was doomed from conception. WhatÃ¢ÂÂs the very first thing you think about when someone mentions Mortal Kombat? The very first thing. Honestly. Is it violence? Blood? ItÂÂs either one of those or, more likely, fatalities. You know, those things where you pull out someones spine or burn off their skin or melt their face or pull their arms off and beat them to death with them. Imagine a Mortal Kombat with no violence and no fatalities (only Friendships). Never has anything missed the point of the original source material as much as the Mortal Kombat animated kids cartoon.