Nintendo purists may be put off by the unfaithful characterizations of their favorite NES characters. Megaman is green and is missing his famous "arm blaster." The actor who voiced him sounds like his genitals were thrashed repeatedly while battling a serious case of throat cancer. Simon Belmont is a pompous, yet funny jerk. King Hippo looks like he's been dead for a year or two and apparently spent his formidable years in Texas. The list goes on and on. I wasn't offended by altered renditions of sacred gaming icons, but some geek in his momma's basement may be.
One of the coolest parts of the series is the main characters' ability to "warp" to other game lands. In one episode the main characters go to a Tetris-themed world, in another they visit Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda series. Interestingly enough, they never run into the largest Nintendo character of them all: Mario. Why the big M never appeared is puzzling, but at least his presence is felt through certain sound effects lifted from the Super Mario Bros. games.
Captain N: The Game Master series has its fair share of flaws. The idea that our favorite game characters are alive and well in some alternate universe is charming. Some of the episodes are truly entertaining and are elevated above the average Saturday morning cartoon fair. If you're a fan of the NES and are looking for a cartoon series that was relevant in a time when Saturday morning cartoons meant something, I highly recommend this series. Thirty bones to warp back to a simpler time filled with fun is worth it!