Photo: via Reddit

Total Nerd The 11 Worst Cartoons Based on Video Games  

Tom Welsh
28.4k views 11 items Embed
Movie adaptations of videogames have frequently been awful. They exist as a way for a studio to get name recognition for a genre film and allow a fledgling Director to get their first shot at a feature. Most often they alienate the fanbase of the game by omitting the aspects the players loved while making additions and changes that damage the reputation of the franchise. Would children’s cartoons based on games be even worse? Imagine what happens then when you take beloved, classic games and translate them to poor quality animations while compromising the content to appeal to children. Here’s a list of ten such abominations for your consideration.
back to page 1

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
One of the greatest franchises in gaming made it to the small screen in the late '80s, but the animated Legend of Zelda didn't do the games justice. At all. The actual animation was terrible, with color mix-ups, ugly character designs, and lip-syncing that was often off by a country mile. And that's just the technical stuff, either. Worst even than bad animation was Link himself. The intrepid hero of the games was instead a petulant, whiny, would-be date rapist who ogled and pursued Princess Zelda in a manner not unlike Pepe La Pew.
see more on The Legend of Zelda
6

The Adventures of Super Mario Brothers 3


Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
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 The 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.
7

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm


Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
While other entries on this list may have had some limited potential to succeed as cartoons, this entry was doomed from conception. What's the very first thing you think about when someone mentions Mortal Kombat? The very first thing? Honestly. Is it violence? Blood? It's either one of those or, more likely, fatalities. You know, those things where you pull out an opponent's 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). Few adaptations in any medium have missed the point of the original source material as much as the Mortal Kombat animated kids cartoon.
8

Captain N: The Game Master


Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
Cartoons have been glorified advertisements for toys since He-Man came along, but Captain N took this to new levels. I mean really, can they do this? Is this not wrong? This isn't even a demand that cartoons be educational. As long as kids learn that dropped anvils will flatten you, explosions cover you in black soot, and Acme is a poor supplier of goods and services, then everybody's fine. Surely a half hour program of targeted marketing aimed directly at their receptive little minds will brainwash them though. Won't they grow up to buy Nintendo consoles and Mario games regardless of the fact that the company they loved has abandoned the hardcore fans who made them a success to pander to the casual gamers?