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(X-Entertainment)   The Saturday Supercade Cartoon Show. Starring Donkey Kong, Q*Bert, Frogger, and anyone else who collected bonus points   ( divider line
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2002-10-15 08:29:10 AM  
Q*Bert sucks. Most overrated game ever.
2002-10-15 09:17:57 AM  
I'd like to see a TV show based on Galaga
2002-10-16 04:15:32 AM  
Anyone ever cheat 'Donkey Kong' by putting Mario next to Donkey Kong's foot on the second board and jumping up & down?

Ah, good early 80's times, my friends
2002-10-16 04:18:33 AM  
Is anybody warming up in the bullpen?
2002-10-16 04:24:14 AM  
I'd like to see a TV show based on Galaga

Or Gyruss.....
2002-10-16 04:33:43 AM  
Anybody remember a puzzle game on the GameBoy called Quirk or something? I remember he was also used as a character on one of those video-game-based TV shows. Matt, can ya help a brotha out? :-p
2002-10-16 04:44:44 AM  
I remember that show vividly. It entranced me then, and sicken me now. I love 80's Cartoon toy tie-ins.
2002-10-16 04:51:14 AM  
Those shows were too late for me. In the 70's we had to settle for cartoon adaptations of the videogames of the time. So our Saturday a.m. lineup was weak-ass shiat like Pong, Volleyball, Squash and Handball. Occasionally we'd get to see a replay of a very early 70's cartoon "Punch Card Charlie and the Data Processing Gang." The only Japanimation show we had to watch was "The Inscrutable Conformity and Politeness of Mr. Wang, CEO."

Oh, and did I mention these weren't even on television? We just passed around drawings from kid to kid until everyone had seen them.
2002-10-16 05:10:16 AM  
Is it just me or were the 80's sooooo twenty years ago?
2002-10-16 05:12:40 AM  
Its late and I have to sleep. Just wanted to let Matt know that it was X-E that lead me to Fark and I really appreciate the way he brings up my childhood memories in a funny way. Thanks for all the work Matt! Keep it up. Ok, bed time now, all the words seem like black lines... zzzzzz////
2002-10-16 05:13:50 AM  
Oooooooooooohhhhhhhh, early 80s pop culture.

My girlfriend doesn't get home until much later tonight, but I think I'll pop a chub over this in the mean time, anyway.

Excellent work, Matt!
2002-10-16 05:47:35 AM  
How could this man forget Pole Position? Those 2 talking portable TV/Computer faces that attatched itself to those cars were cool....God I am old...
2002-10-16 05:53:12 AM  
The only Saturday morning cartoon that was any good was The Amazing Spider-Man and Friends.
2002-10-16 05:58:14 AM  
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Bring on the Challenging Stage!!!
2002-10-16 06:14:05 AM  
the gameboy game was Quarth , great game!
2002-10-16 06:43:05 AM  
speaking of 80's nostalgia, what were those toys that you could click a button and shhot their heads off called?, i remeber one had only an eye for a head, and you could buy a set who play basketball with their heads
2002-10-16 06:45:13 AM  
thats a mighty high score you have there mrdark
2002-10-16 07:04:42 AM  
I remember that show, just like it was twenty-one years ago.

It was a one-up on the, uh, Pac Man cartoon. Voiced by Marty Ingels, talk about yer bad casting. Now, if I had to cast Pac Man -- John Belushi would have been natch-- Round guy, swallowing pills not a stretch... I'm sure 1982 would have been a much better year for ol' John if he'd landed the Pac Man gig.
2002-10-16 07:11:24 AM  
Somehow I doubt anyone would have enough faith in our modern ideals to put a show on television about a news reporter frog. It's a lost art.

News reporter frog...

2002-10-16 07:55:28 AM  
I miss the old games, today's games frankly suck. I mean, they're beautiful and I guess they're not all bad - I can occasionally go in for some playstation 2 stuff or whatever...but the fact is, most of 'em just don't give me much of a kick, no matter how gorgeously animated they are. Stuff like Frogger, Galaga, etc...these were games. Simple to learn, tough to master but always fun. You sat down, you learned the controls, you played, you shot stuff, jumped, ran, whatever and you died, unless you could manage to get a bonus man (these, my friends, were the days when bonus lives meant something...there was no memory card, there was no pause, there was no starting with twenty men who can get bashed on for twenty minutes before dying...and if you did die back then, you'd best have gotten the hell out of the way so your buddy could get to the controls or he'd be dead too in 1.5 seconds by an errant asteroid, alien, flaming pie, etc.)

Today, a lot of the games (not all but a lot) are just too complicated and too much hassle to learn to even be fun. Things I don't need in my videogames:

I don't give a rat's ass about storylines. I don't want to have to spend 2 freaking hours in some kind of asshat computer-narrated training routine that explains to me how to use the 255 combinations of my eight buttons to perform my umpteen moves and powers. I don't want to make a career out of a game and invest huge amounts of time in learning the ins and outs of some vast friggin' 3d environment that's hell to get around. I don't want to climb some massive 3d mountain only to fall off and take twenty damn minutes just climbing back up to the top amongst the beautifully rendered, 3d enhanced crappy scenery...only to face the prospect of possibly falling off said mountain again and repeat the painfully slow process. I don't want to sit and watch my lame friend who's worse at the game than I am aimlessly waddle around this spectacularly modeled environment,cluelessly bashing away at every rock he sees and trying out every one of his various powers and moves as the clock ticks away seconds that seem like hours as I wait my turn. I don't want to have to hear a stupidass speech by some game character and an accompanying animated movie that lasts ten minutes everytime I open a new door or make it past a new villian. If I want to watch crappy Anime cartoons I'll rent them at Blockbuster. I don't want my friend to be able to go back and get potions, life-force, etc. over and over so he can keep himself alive indefinitely while I count the tiles on the ceiling. I don't want crappy techno.

Things I do want in a videogame:

I do want a little entertainment and diversion for an hour or so without all the complications and headaches of real life. That's what real life is for. I do want a limit on lives and if you get killed, tough. I want lasers and lots of shiat to blow up. I want high scores, high scores that mean something - the concept of scoring has become pretty much irrelevant in most games. I want a freaking smart bomb button. That is all.

Thank you for indulging this old 34-year-old fart his little rant. I feel better having gotten that off my chest. Now then, let me tell you about how I had to walk five miles to school in the snow everyday...
2002-10-16 08:17:51 AM  
i want to have matt's baby
i check xe every day.
it gets me through work days better than a sawed off shotgun.
2002-10-16 08:20:53 AM  
2002-10-16 08:26:50 AM  
Man, this brings back memories! I used to watch that show every weekend.
2002-10-16 08:37:29 AM  
I think Matt at X-E must have lived next door to me, and I was friends with him or something because I had EVERYTHING reviewed on X-E. I WATCHED everything that has been reviewed on X-E, and everytime I go to X-E I'm 8 years old again.

I'm very tempted to front some cash to get the big box of random stuff only to once again have the toys I used to. That is until my girlfriend smacks me in the head and reminds me I'm 26 years old.
2002-10-16 08:42:22 AM  

You might want to look into NESticle or MAME emulators, and the coutless Atari 2600 emulators out there. Play all your classic NES and arcade games on your computer with all the glorious original graphics and sound of the late 70's - early 80's.
2002-10-16 09:00:46 AM  
Hizzout - I have the exact same feeling about buying that box of crap.
2002-10-16 09:14:21 AM  
Thanks for the advice Hizzout, way ahead of you, though. Yeah, those things are great. Mame Galaga fans in this thread should give Galaga '90 a try, by the way. Gaplus left me a little cold but '90 was great, I played the upright at a bar in Tuscaloosa several years ago and was really glad they emulated it. Unlike Gaplus, which preceded it, it really captures the feel of Galaga while improving on the graphics and giving some variation to the enemies and levels. Ah, I have my old games to play if I want to, I just like to biatch and gripe :) Anyone else who's interested in the MAME stuff, though, is a good place to start. The sites with roms are getting harder to find 'cause they're such bandwidth suckers they always go under but you can find plenty on Kazaa, newsgroups and other sources. Some of my other fave MAME stuff: Phozon - a Namco game, think it was only released in Japan...hard to describe but it's kind of a Tetris-y puzzle type thing combined with shooter/action elements, very fun. Asteroids Deluxe - Asteroids but harder. Budweiser Tapper - serve thirsty patrons beers and try and keep up with the demand as they drink them dry. Pac Man Sequels - there were some really good ones that have been long forgotten, besides Ms. Pac. Super Pac-man is a lot of fun, as are Junior Pac-Man and Pac'n'Pal. Donkey Kong Junior - classic. Also, until I started playing MAME games I didn't realize there was a Donkey Kong that one Kong would shake a couple bee hives above you and you, as Mario, would fire away at the bees and Kong and try and move him to the top of the screen to get through the levels.

Okay, I could talk about this retro-game crap all day long, I'm gonna leave it at that for now. Any of you hardcore eighties game-types though, those are definitely some good titles to check into for your MAME.
2002-10-16 09:59:55 AM  
What's worse Poopgod311...that a Pole Position cartoon existed, or that I can remember the names of the cars (Wheels and Roadie)?
2002-10-16 10:03:35 AM  

Next time you go on a NES Rom hunt, try to pick up Recca. Its a Japanese vertical shooter for the NES that looks good and is hard as hell.

Also you can try to pick up a game for the PSX called "Intellivision's Greatest Hits" 30 games on one disc. The night I got that, I blew up Night Stalker like I was a 5 yr old again.
2002-10-16 10:05:28 AM  

I couldn't have said it better myself. Back in the day when stand-up arcade games ruled, I liked almost every game... and even my old NES played hundreds of games that I could get into and play over and over.

Today I have three modern systems and 10 games between them. Not much turns me on anymore. The only somewhat recent games that have really interested me fit the criteria you listed (easy to learn, tough to master), such as DDR, Point Blank, Mario Kart, Kirby's Dream Course.

Good luck today finding an arcade that lets you use quarters or even tokens. Most big ones use cards, and each game costs "1.6" credits or whatever, so you don't know that you're spending $2 per game. And even if you're good at a game, you can't play for more than 2 minutes before it's game over. Unlike the old games, where a quarter bought you as much playtime as you could handle.

So - I agree, new games suck. I'd rather die than sit down with crap like Metal Gear Solid, GTA3, or whatever the latest first-person shooter or immersive adventure game.
2002-10-16 10:05:38 AM  
no mention of Captain N? that show was like a half hour commercial for all things nintendo, i loved it.
2002-10-16 10:14:14 AM  

Check the archives, there are 2-3 Captain N reviews. That show was bomb, but I prefered the Zelda cartoon they would show on fridays.
2002-10-16 10:21:54 AM  
Wow...choosing Dance Dance Retardation over GTA3? *sigh*
2002-10-16 10:22:43 AM  
DenL913, these days the only new stuff I enjoy a lot are the games where you can compete against one another, sports stuff, Tekken type things, etc. Anything one-player oriented just takes too darn long, I get sick of waiting my turn.
2002-10-16 10:44:14 AM  
JimmyOlsen: There was a time where I was really into the one-on-one fighting games; specifically, starting with Mortal Kombat II, then Street Fighter II CE, Killer Instinct, Primal Rage and ending with MKIII.

Since then, the only arcade games that I have had any interest in playing at all are the interesting gun games such as Point Blank, Police Trainer and Jurassic Park (as opposed to the uninteresting ones like House of the Dead), and the music games like DDR, Pump it Up, Guitar Freaks.

What's great about all those games I mentioned is that you play simutaneously, but not necessarily competing. You can work as a team, or you can compete, or you can just play your part and not worry about the other guy. Your choice.
2002-10-16 11:13:19 AM  
It's nice to see that I wasn't the only one who thought that this show was the shiat back in the 80s. It was probably my favorite Sat AM cartoon of all time. Yeah, I'd probably hate it if I watched it now, but when you're a kid living in the 80s and you get to see video game characters on TV for the first time, that's a formula for quality entertainment.
2002-10-16 11:17:12 AM  
You guys are nuts. I had a lot of fun playing those games 20 years ago, too, but if you can't acknowledge the superiority of today's gaming experience over yesterday's, I think you're letting your feeling of nostalgia get a little out of hand. The Maddens, NHLs, and Gran Turismos absolutely demolish any sports games that were made back then, and you're the type to rank Excitebike over GTA3, I don't even want to talk to you.
2002-10-16 11:20:56 AM  
That site is one of the Best.Sites.Ever! Every time I go there I get a nice sense of nostalgia. I LOVED that show, and the Q-bert toon was my favorite.

Back in the 80's, video games and Saturday Morning Cartoons were the absolute best. In the mid 90's things really began to suck in both the Saturday morning cartoon and video game areas. They did get much better, but those were dark days. Thank God for the WB- only good source for Saturday morning cartoons, well, it was until they replaced Batman and Superman with Pokecrap! /rant over
2002-10-16 11:25:17 AM  
I recently got Q-bert on MAME. When I was a kid, I was lucky to get to level 2. Did anyone get through to the FOURTH set of levels. What a mind job. And is there a fifth set of levels?
2002-10-16 11:27:41 AM  
I see no way anyone can argue that games like NHL 2003 are below the sports games of back then...
2002-10-16 11:55:00 AM  
OBB and Cabellero:

I'll say it: The sports games of the late 1980s and early 1990s are better than the sports games of today.

Back then, if you wanted to play a sports game, you put the game in the slot, picked a team out of a selection of four teams (that were all the same except for uniform color) and played. One button was shoot or pass, one button was to change the control of your defensive player. That's it. Easy to learn, always fun.

Now, you have to pick from real teams and real players (most of whom are drug-abusing money-hungry asshats), you have to choose plays, and the graphics look like TV coverage. If I wanted that, I'd just watch TV.

Not to mention, the sports-game makers of today are so freaking greedy. Who needs a new Madden or Ken Griffey every year?!? Are they really that much improved? I doubt it.

Give me Blades of Steel, Double Dribble, Tecmo Bowl, Bases Loaded, Track and Field 2 and NES Open. And maybe Mario Tennis and Mario Golf for N64. That's all the sports games I need.
2002-10-16 11:57:45 AM  
Here's a few more video game-related toons I've previously done articles on. I apologize if they suck. I was young. I was stupid.

Captain N & Zelda:


Also - Donkey Kong Cereal -
2002-10-16 12:24:28 PM  
I caught the Kirby cartoon last Saturday morning, so off the wall gaming cartoons aren't quite dead. Kirby seemed to be the only one who couldn't talk, just made a lot of "ohhs" and "ahhs". The talking characters seemed to either sound like Woody Allen or George Wallace. Having played Super Smash Brothers all weekend, if I could have a Kirby as a pet, I'd be totally happy.
2002-10-16 01:36:50 PM  
I think what sets apart the old games from the new games is the fact that back then programmers actually had to put more time into making game into something you would want to play over and over again. I played GTA3 but never got into it. Carjacking is cool and all, but I was doing that during GTA 1 and 2. Don't get me wrong GTA3 is a decent game, but I still play SMB3 almost 13 years later. There is also the fact that games back then were harder to play. Final Fantasy Vs Final Fantasy X is a great example of this. Final Fantasy X is a longer game, but the original was so much harder. Ninja Gaiden for the X-Box looks good, but back when you had to beat the game in one sitting for the NES you would get a more rewarding experience when you finally did.
2002-10-16 06:27:01 PM  
I only used to like Ironman Ivan Stewart's Off-Road game.
2002-10-16 06:30:54 PM  
Donkster---I got ya beat...I can actually remember most of the theme song...Roadie was the cool one.
2002-10-16 10:06:35 PM  
You got a great point, but I must agree with OBB as well.

Sports games rock now. A true improvement.

Also Zelda has kept a lot of its simple charm, but all the extra buttons and moves really enhance the game.

Zelda -- Best. Game. Ever.
2002-10-17 04:20:11 AM  
i loved that show. I still know most of the words to the theme song, which is odd because i have a hard time remembering my families birthdays. oh well. you've got to have your priorities.
2002-10-17 12:27:57 PM  
i guess its kinda insanely late to be posting here, but i was actually referring to no captain N being mentioned here on fark, not XE, i figured we were talking about videogame related tv shows, so i thought i'd throw it out there
2002-10-17 12:32:52 PM  
ok might as well add my $.02

i don't see why people either hate old games or hate new ones. am i the only person who can find just as much enjoyment from playing Kingdom Hearts as well as digging thru my closet to find my copy of Dragon Warrior (got it free with a subscription to Nintendo Power)

sure i'm an RPG dork, but you can transpose any sports game / blades of steel as you want to and it still holds true
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