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 Piñata 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.

Still no clue what’s going on here? Try Googling Captain N: The Game Master.

Discussion (33)¬

  1. David Herbert
    David Herbert says:
    March 28, 2011 at 3:37 am #

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

    • SerenityDan
      SerenityDan says:
      March 28, 2011 at 6:47 am #

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

    • Metal B
      Metal B says:
      March 28, 2011 at 7:28 am #

      You mean a dark apocalyptic this:

      • Roland
        Roland says:
        March 28, 2011 at 10:52 am #

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

        • TecXero
          TecXero says:
          March 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

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

      • Da Mighty Camel
        Da Mighty Camel says:
        March 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

        I actually have that comic in my basement somewhere…

  2. General Bison
    General Bison says:
    March 28, 2011 at 3:45 am #

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

    • H3xx
      H3xx says:
      March 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      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.

  3. Ido
    Ido says:
    March 28, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    Oh yeah I remember those comics! XD Damn epic lol

  4. SerenityDan
    SerenityDan says:
    March 28, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    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
      H3xx says:
      March 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

      Damn thing just gets bigger and bigger!

  5. Alastor
    Alastor says:
    March 28, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    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
      Hartmut says:
      March 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

      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.

  6. Otis
    Otis says:
    March 28, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    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
      bidoopoo says:
      March 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      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.

  7. Rai
    Rai says:
    March 28, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Half the cast are from shooters and war games….

    • Hartmut
      Hartmut says:
      March 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm #


      • Indigo
        Indigo says:
        March 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

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

  8. The Anarchyz
    The Anarchyz says:
    March 28, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    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)

  9. Animockery
    Animockery says:
    March 28, 2011 at 10:50 am #

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

  10. TheyCallMeTomu
    TheyCallMeTomu says:
    March 28, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    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
      Steve Napierski says:
      March 28, 2011 at 11:22 am #

      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
        Jetstream says:
        March 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

        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.

  11. Roland
    Roland says:
    March 28, 2011 at 10:54 am #

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

    • Roland
      Roland says:
      March 28, 2011 at 10:55 am #

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

  12. PCachu
    PCachu says:
    March 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    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.

  13. Larry
    Larry says:
    March 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Awesome idea! I love the choices for characters.

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

    • Undrave
      Undrave says:
      March 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Captain P?

      • H3xx
        H3xx says:
        March 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

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

  14. ironneko
    ironneko says:
    March 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

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

  15. TecXero
    TecXero says:
    March 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    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.

  16. Triaxx
    Triaxx says:
    March 30, 2011 at 7:18 am #

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

  17. Delta
    Delta says:
    March 31, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    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.