Captain X: The Game Master

Captain X: The Game Master

Captain X: The Game Master

by Steve Napierski to Comics

Really not much to say about this one. I took the late ’80s/early ’90s half-hour long Nintendo product placement cartoon and redid it about the Xbox 360.

Included in the picture (from left to right): Marcus Fenix from Gears of War, Captain X from this comic, Joanna Dark from Perfect Dark, Buzzlegum from Viva PiƱata and Master Chief from Halo. I thought of adding a Kinect mascot, but I wound up not liking the initial design enough to pursue it.

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  • David Herbert

    I’d like to see an updated Captain N with a dark apocalyptic setting.

    • SerenityDan

      Dark apocalyptic? Updated Captain N would be as light and fluffly as ever. Nintendo is still Nintendo.

    • Metal B

      You mean a dark apocalyptic this:

      • Roland

        Holy crap, that just looks like Magnus:Robot Fighter with a zapper!

        • TecXero

          Well Magnus was also made by Valiant. I miss those comics :3

      • Da Mighty Camel

        I actually have that comic in my basement somewhere…

  • General Bison

    Captain X doesn’t look douchey enough, turn that dial up to 11.

    • H3xx

      He’s wearing a jacket over a polo (with popped collar) over a t-shirt, with khakis (with rolled pant legs) and white sneakers. The only thing that could make him more of a douche is a red Dixie cup and an upside down, sideways visor.

  • Ido

    Oh yeah I remember those comics! XD Damn epic lol

  • SerenityDan

    I was going to say something about him not havig any controller accesories on him but then I remembered Kinect. We are the Xbox controller now.

    • H3xx

      Damn thing just gets bigger and bigger!

  • Alastor

    I’ve never been so happy to live in an age where Microsoft and Sony challenge Nintendo. No more episodes of the Mario cartoon, no more Phillips 32x, and NO MORE MARIO BROS MOVIES.

    • Hartmut

      Uh, you do realise that the SMB cartoons ended long before Sony’s arrival, right? And that the CDi games weren’t made by Nintendo (Phillips were only able to use them as the result of a legal loophole with the failed CD add-on for the SNES)? And that there was only 1 Mario film? Sony and Microsoft didn’t affect any of that.

  • Otis

    He should be wearing a Letter Jacket, and an Xbox controller belt buckle, and no gun? I’m pretty sure X’dbox has a gun controller.

    I remember this cartoon man Megaman was mega annoying always mega saying mega all mega the mega time. And Simon Bellmont from Castlevania being a coward, what’s that about? The dude fights monsters with a whip, there’s nothing cowardly about that.

    • bidoopoo

      An Xbox controller belt buckle? As long as it isn’t a generation one Xbox controller, or else Captain X ain’t moving under his own power.

  • Rai

    Half the cast are from shooters and war games….

    • Hartmut


      • Indigo

        The entire cast of the original Captain N were from platformers. Do you have a point?

  • The Anarchyz

    Captain N, one of the many symbols of US Nintendomination at the time…

    Captain X needs to have a controller, unless you’re doing a Kinect Captain X, which involves a Kinect tracking him (would be interesting seeing that on a cartoon)

  •!/Animockery Animockery

    I loved the captain N series no matter how bad it was in all reality. Funny updated take on the series, love the comic.

  • TheyCallMeTomu

    Well, speaking of Captain N and webcomics, someone beat you to the punch a long long time ago, though only recently has his update schedule re-stabilized.


    • Steve Napierski

      I don’t really consider someone making a reference to a similar topic “beating to the punch.” I took the basic of idea of Captain N and applied Microsoft Studio Games characters to the updated version with a goal of replicating the original art style of the cartoon. That’s a sprite webcomic with a character called Captain SNES. Completely different.

      • Jetstream

        Heh, how’sabout this one, then?

        Back in, ohhh… 2004? 2005? Something like that… One of the Administrators at Mega Man MUSH created a game called “Videoland MUSH” (Now defunct.) In it, Captain N was actually the SECOND game master to show up, the first being a young girl named Lita, eventually called Lady A. She spoke a prophesy about the Game Master coming to save Videoland.

        Fast forward a bit, Keane shows up, gets called Captain N. More guys get sucked through, until there are eventually eight of the suckers, four working for Princess Lana and the Palace of Power crew, four working for Mother Brain.

        Good Team:
        Lady A – Prophet, first one in
        Captain N – Prophesied hero
        Station – Third in, taken by Mother Brain. Brainwashed. Got fixed… sorta. Little wonky.
        Dreamcaster – Kinda wacky dude, Dual’s roommate.

        Evil team:
        Gameshark – Hacker jackass
        Agent 3D0 – Pompous jackass
        Dual – Mostly just in it for the lulz
        Captain X – Amoral sociopath.


        Admittedly it probably still doesn’t qualify for “beaten to the punch,” but still… /I/ find it amusing.

  • Roland

    Captain N jumped the shark with the introduction of Game Boy… that bastard!

    • Roland

      That and King Hippos’ nipples scared the crap outta me. Other than that, Captain X the Game Master looks freakin awesome, nice job.

  • PCachu

    You should have gone ahead with the Kinect mascot; there’s no way it could have been worse than the second season’s Game Boy.

  • Larry

    Awesome idea! I love the choices for characters.

    Any plans on doing a PS3-themed one? That’d be awesome, too!

    • Undrave

      Captain P?

      • H3xx

        that red ball on the Eye controller could turn into a light saber.

  • ironneko

    Kinda weird you’d go with Perfect Dark since it was originally a N64 game. I’d have gone with an XBox exclusive…

  • TecXero

    At least you can tell who they’re supposed to be. In the old ones that’s not how I imagined Mega Man and don’t even get me started on Simon Belmont, they screwed him up so badly it still makes me want to rant 20 years later.

  • Triaxx

    Awesome throwback, remembering that Joanna was originally a Nintendo Character.

  • Delta

    I actually remember watching Captain N, Super Show, SMB3/SMW, Zelda, and all of the Nintendo cartoons as a kid, though most of them were syndicated on USA Network since DIC ruled the animation waves back then. Captain N however did start on NBC before getting shoveled over to cable (

    Sadly, like all older cartoons, watching them 21 years later it doesn’t have the same magic as it did to your 6 year old brain. I can’t stand listening to half of the characters talk, especially Mega Man and Kid Icarus.