It's pretty common knowledge that movies based off of video games are usually pretty bad. While that's certainly true of most Hollywood adaptations of the industry, the same cannot be said about television programs made from video games. For some reason, the format just works, which is why most children's Saturday morning cartoons included at least one series made from a popular video game franchise.
It's not surprising given the fact that many of the characters created in the early days of the industry were crafted for children. That and the limited graphical abilities of the 1980s and 1990s meant that simple characters running around mazes could be translated into colorful cartoons with rich backstories, characters, and situations. Some of those animated series based on video games were actually pretty good, and presented here are the very best - or at least the most fun to watch. As both game and animation technology has developed, the synergy between the two media has just grown stronger. From the two concurrent 1993 Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons and the multitude of Mario series to the more recent 2017 Castlevania series, video game TV shows run the gamut of style and genre.
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