Worst Cartoons based on Video Games

Top 10: Worst Cartoons based on Video Games

We may have grown up watching them, but that doesn't mean they get a free pass!

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  • Kyouma95

    3 months ago

    I really liked this list. The fact they tried to make a life lesson in a Mortal Kombat show about not hurting people's feelings just makes me laugh lol.


    One bad adaptation I remember: Tak and the Power of Juju animated series. Not only was the cartoon a poor representation of the games, but it completely ended the Tak video game series. Granted it isn't the best series in the world but it was one of my childhood games. 

  • Masterkerf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    STOP GETTING OLD NICK!!!

  • TravisDoidge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Dude I want Geralt of Rivia to take on someone. I'm not sure who though. Another monster slayer for sure.

  • DudebladeX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Hey, Nick. Let me help you out with that BlazeBlue one.


    Ahem, "NO ONE KNOWS!"


    And seriously, Sonic X isn't on this list? - That Chris character is such a creator's pet. And he gives a bad rep to other people named Chris. I would rant a little more, but at least the Sonic Boom cartoon is pretty good. I enjoyed the humor, and the stories it had to tell. Like that wilderness survival episode because it never devolved into a stupid gender war.

    • DarkTempler7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      I kind of agree about Sonic X. It was a pretty good show until they tried adapting the games and shoehorning Chris into those stories, then it went down hill.

  • Starkles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Legend of Zelda gets lambasted, but the first Mario cartoon show gets a free pass apparently? The. Fuck.

    • LordTerminal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Super Mario Bros. Super Show's problems stem mostly from it being a product of its time more than anything.

    • Starkles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      I personally don't have a problem with either show; they're classic, fun, cheesy 80's goodness. It's their consistency that I'm complaining about. That's all.

  • g1DoubleT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    @9:50 WHAT!? Pumpkin!? Pumpkin!? What!? What?! Pumpkin!? What?!

  • numbr87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Did you just called Nightwolf Nightwing?

  • MaxOfFewTrades FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Take it from a different guy who binged the whole DKC cartoon for research.


    Watch the show. It is AMAZING, watch it all twice.

  • Domino2097 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I liked Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog... maybe it's cause I'm from the UK and didn't get Sonic Says lol

  • TRSChaos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    7:35 Oh Shit....., its OBAMA!

  • KataWolf

    4 months ago

    My head hurts after that BlazBlue bit

    • LordTerminal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Thing is, that's not what makes the anime suck. They're just adapting the plot from the games. It's the fact that it's done extremely cheaply and bad that it deserves its place on here.

    • psb123 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      @LordTerminal That's what I hear happened with Altered Memory. Would have been nice of Nick to explain that.

  • Big-MikeVG FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    You gotta give Nick a medal for watching all that Donkey Kong torture.

  • xdrfiredogx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Kind of surprised to not see Final Fantasy Unlimited on here. 



  • LordAbyssion FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Riverman

    4 months ago

    Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait.... 


    WAIT!! 


    What happened to only one entry per franchise?? 


    What happened to it?? What happened to the world?? 


    Is this even real life??

  • LordTerminal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    10. This needs to be higher for just how badly it aged. It came out at a time where there were only two Zelda games for DiC to work with and considering how the franchise has evolved in recent times, yeah that just made going back to it that much worse.


    9. Pretty sure the theme song to Taco-Man Plays is based off of this block's theme song. Anyways Saturday Supercade was made by Ruby-Spears during it's "let's copy everything Hannah Barbera is doing" phase which pretty much should tell you why these cartoons are the way they are. (I mean besides the fact they're based off of 80s arcade games with little to no plot)


    8. Let's be honest though: Underground's opening was at least awesome. It had that epic rock opera feel and everything.


    7. Something tells me you're still anal over the research for Ragna vs. Sol, aren't you Nick? And I pray to god Central Fiction fills in all of the holes. Anyways let's focus on the real reason the anime sucks: it's a squished together cliff's notes of the first two games' plot and it's animation is cheap.


    5. Probably not the clip you should've picked to back your point, Nick because that was the only awesome line of Bison's. You should've should've just gone with "BLANKA! NOT THE HEADBITE!" instead.


    4. You do realize you just lambasted the YTP community's biggest source of material, don't you? Yeah this should at the very least just switch places with Zelda on this list.


    3. The live action TV Show Conquest was even worse. Yes, despite having "Siro! The Greatest Mortal Kombat Kharacter!" in it. (BTW, let's see how many of you actually get that reference)


    2. Yes. Dear god yes. Funny thing is not only do we have a superior OVA series but both shows use the same ending theme, Trouble Man, and both cast Scott McNeil as the voice of Lord Raptor. (To be honest, he does fit the character. It's just that DiC Raptor is a badly written comedic villain) If you have to watch it, watch the Retsupurae Let's Watch instead.


    1. OH C'MON NICK! You can't put that at number 1, that one's so bad it's hilarious! 

  • IG_4T2

    4 months ago

    THAT OTHER F**KING SHOW!!

    • g1DoubleT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Glad someone else remembers that episode of Nostalgia Critic.

  • Stumpyz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Oh man. Sonic Adventures sloth episode. I got twitches hearing that damn sloth's voice again.

  • Stumpyz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Wait, that's Sonic's siblings?? They never explained it in the comics that I read! Holy crap, that makes it worse.

    • g1DoubleT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      They reused the names for his future kids in the comics.

    • VirusElite524 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold VirusElite524

      4 months ago

      Yup, that's where they got the names Sonia and Manik in the Mobius X Years Later arks.

  • ultraguy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I do have a soft spot for adventures of Sonic though.

  • DarkTempler7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I feel good that I've only watched Sonic Underground of everything on this list.. And I'm a little concerned that I actually somewhat liked it.

  • edd218

    4 months ago

    Jesus Christ, Nick, Blaze Blue's plot is just multi-verse theory. Not to hard to understand if you look it up.

    • gurrenprime FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      I know, right? The basics of it are simple enough that I'm sure some children could understand it. Main complaint I had with Ragna vs Sol (well, that and the lackluster ending). 

    • The-Gaming-News-Guy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sir Regent Malcolm Neill

      4 months ago

      You know what it's even funnier about Nick's rant on it - there is a website that explains everything - http://blazblue.kumodori.com/fullworks.html

  • AngelCam7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    You know... Sometimes I think I'm the ONLY Sonic fan who liked Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog MORE than SatAM growing up. Maybe because it was so Looney Tunes-esque was why I liked it. I still find myself laughing myself silly over some of the episodes.

    • BasicShapeRobot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold BasicShapeRobot

      4 months ago

      As a kid Adventure of Sonic was a daily watch for. I would watch it every single morning before school and as a kid it was one of my favorite cartoons (because I was a HUGE Sonic fan as a kid). But now... yeah it makes me question my tastes as a child.

  • British_Knight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Misunderstood Sarcastic

    4 months ago

    I was lured here by the thumbnail of Sonic from Sonic X. Which was a great show.


    Fucking ScrewYou Attack preying on clickbait. Again.

  • AngelCam7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    You know, I was nervous when you had Sonic as the thumbnail for this video. I thought it was gonna be Sonic X or Sonic Boom, but you managed to put something Sonic on the list that EVERYONE can agree on. No lie: When Sonic Underground had a short run on Disney XD, and I usually have my cable box set to turn on in the morning, too, BTW, I had the volume on my TV turned up loud to help wake me up, but one time, I had left the cable box on the Disney XD channel and when it was set to turn on... I immediately woke up to the horrible sound of Sonia Hedgehog's voice... Yeah, it scarred me...

  • CandidCamzy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gentleman Adventurer

    4 months ago

    As horrible as a lot of these shows are...they're guilty pleasures for me. Especially Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. As for the rest, I don't know if all of them even had DVD releases. If they do...I'd probably buy them all!


    And, wow, Nick! You went savage on Blazblue!!! 

  • WheelJackson FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Pfft! Sonic SatAM was WAY worse than AOSTH. At least AOSTH kept the lighthearted and colorful nature of the games. Sonic SatAM was just a depressing mess of characters who NEVER APPEARED IN THE GAMES AND OUTNUMBER THE ORIGINAL CAST (something the comic book has made EVEN WORSE). Gee, what would've been their next GREAT IDEA if the show got a third season, Sonic slitting his wrists constantly or EVEN MORE NEW CHARACTERS NOT FROM THE GAMES?


    Jim Cummings as Dr. Robotnik was the only saving grace for Sonic SatAM, and he knew it. No wonder he was so miserable all the time.

    • Ben B. Singer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ben B. Singer

      4 months ago

      Actually, since all they had to go on was Sonic 1 and 2 at the time, the new characters were based on the animals Sonic rescues at the end of each level. ;)

    • CSpaDinner FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Oh yeah, I really wanted to see Eggman's mum, the other characters and that comedy, ugh

      Sonic SatAM actually had a good plot and it is a very subtle environmental message

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nuclear Toothpick

    4 months ago

    A lot of games required a lot of imagination. As I often mention with my favorite kind of horror films, nothing that they actually show us on screen can ever be better (or worse) than what we imagine. What the writers imagined wasn't what most players imagined. Many of the writers never actually experienced the gameplay. Many of the writers were simply doing what they were told to do without any decent first hand experience of the games... told by others who also had no first hand experience with the games.


    Heck. What the game developers imagined isn't always what they players think. Richard Garriott de Cayeux wrote a letter explaining how he learned that players, when given unlimited possibilities in a game, will immediately try to write ____ on the ground. His vision of the first game named as an MMORPG was vastly different than the players'.


    There was an era where certain parents demanded that TV cartoons babysit their kids. These parents (and writers) felt that their kids were morons apparently. ... and that's irony. (... you know... because it was moronic to think that TV was how to raise kids and that kids wouldn't know the difference if they slapped a popular video game icon on any old trash.)

    • LordTerminal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      That attitude with parents still goes on today actually.

  • CSpaDinner FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I'm surprised that Sonic Boom is not on the list

    • guttergrunt96 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      That and Sonic X

    • CandidCamzy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gentleman Adventurer

      4 months ago

      Sonic Boom is actually a pretty good show on it's own, if you're willing to look past the crappy games it's based on. 

    • CSpaDinner FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Well I do enjoy Sonic Boom, it's actually a really funny show, sure there are some hit and misses, but it's still good