List of Captain N: The Game Master episodes

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This is a list of episodes for the series Captain N: The Game Master. While the Season 2 and Season 3 episodes were paired with episodes featuring the Super Mario Bros., the Captain N episodes themselves retained the title of Captain N: The Game Master. Season 3 episodes were half the time length of the previous seasons.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 September 9, 1989 December 2, 1989
2 14 September 8, 1990 January 5, 1991
3 7 September 14, 1991 October 26, 1991

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1989)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
11"Kevin in Videoland"Jeffrey ScottSeptember 9, 1989 (1989-09-09)101

Kevin Keene is sucked into Videoland through his television and must team up with the rest of the N Team to rescue Lana from Mother Brain.

Featured songs: Theme from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Ennio Morricone and Shakedown by Bob Seger

Game elements: Donkey Kong and Metroid
22"How's Bayou"Jeffrey ScottSeptember 16, 1989 (1989-09-16)102

Mother Brain discovers Kevin isn't very good at the Bayou Billy video game, and sets a trap to lure him into Bayouland.

Featured song: Born on the Bayou by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Game elements: The Adventures of Bayou Billy

Note: The original airing of this episode was of an unfinished version which included some shots missing their backgrounds.
33"The Most Dangerous Game Master"Jeffrey ScottSeptember 23, 1989 (1989-09-23)103

Dr. Wily builds an android replica of Mike Vincent, a bully that tormented Kevin on Earth – and lures the N Team to Castlevania in order to trap them.

Featured song: Thriller by Michael Jackson

Game elements: Castlevania, and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
44"Videolympics"Jeffrey ScottSeptember 30, 1989 (1989-09-30)104

Mother Brain proposes a challenge – Video Olympics on Mount Icarus, with her League of Darkness competing against the N Team. Winner takes the throne of Videoland. This serves to distract the N Team as Mother Brain wants to get the Three Sacred Treasures and conquer Videoland.

Featured songs: I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown and Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti

Game elements: Donkey Kong, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, Mega Man, and Kid Icarus
55"Mega Trouble for Megaland"Jeffrey ScottOctober 7, 1989 (1989-10-07)105

The continuation of the two-parter started with "Videolympics". The N Team try to find weapons powerful enough to defeat the magic of the Sacred Treasures.

Featured song: Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins

Game elements: Kid Icarus and Mega Man
66"Wishful Thinking"Jeffrey ScottOctober 14, 1989 (1989-10-14)106

The N Team discovers a magic lamp, so Pit wishes himself to become bigger – and everything goes horribly wrong. To make matters worse, Mother Brain has set her sights on getting it for herself and sends Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo to steal it.

Featured song: Shakedown by Bob Seger
77"Three Men and a Dragon"Jeffrey ScottOctober 21, 1989 (1989-10-21)107

Kevin and the N Team journey to Dragon's Den to battle with Mother Brain and her new ally, Dragonlord, who is in the process of conquering that video world.

Featured song: Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

Game elements: Dragon Warrior
88"Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain"Jeffrey ScottOctober 28, 1989 (1989-10-28)108

Due to a "curse" from one of the arrows used by Pit, Simon Belmont falls in love with Mother Brain.

Featured song: White Wedding by Billy Idol

Game elements: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, and Kid Icarus
99"Nightmare on Mother Brain's Street"Jeffrey ScottNovember 4, 1989 (1989-11-04)109

Mother Brain and Dr. Wily plot to trap the N Team in the Nightmare Zone, a world where their worst nightmares become reality.

Featured song: Theme from Bonanza by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

Game elements: Wizards & Warriors
1010"Simon the Ape-Man"Jeffrey ScottNovember 11, 1989 (1989-11-11)110

Simon suffers a blow to the head and thinks he's Donkey Kong Junior.

Game elements: Donkey Kong and "Castlevania"
1111"In Search of the King"Jeffrey ScottNovember 18, 1989 (1989-11-18)111

Lana and the N Team go to the Mirror World to attempt to rescue her father – unaware they are falling into a trap.

Featured song: Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol

Game elements: Wizards & Warriors, and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
1212"Metroid Sweet Metroid"Jeffrey ScottNovember 25, 1989 (1989-11-25)112

Mother Brain tricks the N Team into thinking she is defeated – and uses the distraction of the N Team's "victory" to conquer Videoland.

Game elements: Metroid
1313"Happy Birthday, Megaman"Jeffrey ScottDecember 2, 1989 (1989-12-02)113

It's Mega Man's birthday and he's upset he's not human – so he sets out on a quest to gain humanity.

Featured songs: Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins and Shake it Up by The Cars

Season 2 (1990–1991)[edit]

For season 2, the show aired in an hour-long block in between two episodes of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
141"Gameboy"Dorothy MiddletonSeptember 8, 1990 (1990-09-08)114

The N Team finally gains contact with King Charles again, wanting to help him escape the Mirror World through a warp that only opens every thousand video years. But he sends a supercomputer called Game Boy in his place instead. Game Boy ends up being more trouble than good for the N Team, and things get worse when Mother Brain plans to capture him and use his computer power for evil.

Game elements: BurgerTime and Metroid
152"Queen of the Apes"Sean Roche and David EhrmanSeptember 22, 1990 (1990-09-22)115

Mother Brain plots to switch bodies with Lana – only to have Donkey Kong and Gameboy interfere. Their brains are switched, with Donkey Kong in Gameboy's body and Gameboy in Mother Brain's body. While this poses problems for the N-Team, their worst problem is a gigantic, powerful Mother Brain, who is now in Donkey Kong's body.

Game elements: Donkey Kong
163"Quest for the Potion of Power"Rick MerwinSeptember 29, 1990 (1990-09-29)116

Kevin meets Link and Princess Zelda for the first time, and sets out with them on a journey through Hyrule to stop the evil wizard Ganon from being restored to his full power.

Game elements: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
174"The Trouble with Tetris"Michael MaurerOctober 13, 1990 (1990-10-13)117

Lana reunites with her long-lost brother Lyle on the distant video world of Tetris, and Kevin and Lyle work together to stop Mother Brain from taking Tetris's power source, the Sacred Square.

Game elements: Tetris
185"The Big Game"Dennis O'FlahertyOctober 20, 1990 (1990-10-20)118

Some of Kevin's high school friends are warped to Videoland for a football game against Dr. Wily's robot masters – winner takes the throne of Videoland.

Game elements: Mega Man 2 and California Games
196"The Lost City of Kongoland"Dennis O'FlahertyNovember 10, 1990 (1990-11-10)119

The N Team travels to Kongoland to stop Mother Brain from getting a priceless artifact. But when Lana crosses paths with the artifact, she becomes an even deadlier foe than Mother Brain.

Game elements: Donkey Kong Jr.
207"Once Upon a Time Machine"Michael Maurer and Matt UitzNovember 17, 1990 (1990-11-17)120

Count Gruemon steals Kevin's Power Pad and Zapper in Hyrule, so he and Link set out into the world of Puss 'n Boots to get them back, along with the help of Pero the cat.

Game elements: Zelda II: The Adventures of Link, and Puss 'n Boots: Pero's Great Adventure
218"The Feud of Faxanadu"Michael MaurerNovember 24, 1990 (1990-11-24)121

A power overload in the Palace of Power's football arena warps the N Team to Faxanadu – where they find themselves amidst a conflict between elves and dwarves – and an evil being bent on getting a powerful crystal that will let him conquer the video world.

Game elements: Faxanadu
229"Having a Ball"Dennis O'FlahertyDecember 1, 1990 (1990-12-01)122

Mother Brain fires Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo for failing to capture the Triforce – so they steal the Triforce pieces for themselves while Link and Zelda are away at Lana's royal ball.

Game elements: Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
2310"The Trojan Dragon"Matt UitzDecember 8, 1990 (1990-12-08)123

Dragonlord is back – and his new plan for conquering Dragon's Den involves hatching a deadly golden dragon. Zelda and Link once again help the N Team by building a mechanical dragon to help sneak in and thwart Dragonlord's plan.

Game elements: Dragon Warrior, and Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
2411"I Wish I Was a Wombatman"Sean Roche and David EhrmanDecember 15, 1990 (1990-12-15)124

Pit must help his television hero deal with Mother Brain, but finds his TV hero may not be all he thought he was.

Game elements: Marble Madness
2512"The Invasion of the Paper Pedalers"Michael MaurerDecember 22, 1990 (1990-12-22)125

The N Team takes a trip to an Earth-like world where Mother Brain is hypnotizing residents with a special kind of newspaper ink. They meet a paperboy named Julio who is trying to figure out the reason behind this, but they then discover why Julio is immune to the hypnotic ink - he is illiterate.

Game elements: Paperboy
2613"Germ Wars"Ted Alben and Greg KleinDecember 29, 1990 (1990-12-29)126

Kevin contracts a video virus he has no immunity to – so the N Team shrinks themselves down and goes inside Kevin's body to battle the virus.

Game elements: Faxanadu, also inspired by Fantastic Voyage and Innerspace
2714"When Mother Brain Rules"TBAJanuary 5, 1991 (1991-01-05)127
A clip show of assorted moments from the first two seasons. Two versions of this episode were produced. The clips in "Version 1", which aired on NBC, had background music but no voices, and sparse narration by a generic narrator and Simon Belmont. "Version 2", which aired on WGN (and presumably on USA Network) had the voices restored, different background music (using the soundtrack from Season 2), and more narration. Neither version has officially been released, although it occasionally turns up on bootleg sets and online sites.

Season 3 (1991)[edit]

Among other cuts, episodes were scaled down to 11 minutes, as they shared a half-hour timeslot with the Super Mario World cartoons. 7 were new, while 6 were reruns. In order to fill up the other 6 timeslots, 6 episodes from the first two seasons were edited down to 11 minutes. They were "Three Men and a Dragon", "Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain", "Nightmare on Mother Brain Street" (November 30), "Quest for the Potion of Power" (no footage was cut, but rather, it was split into two 11 minute parts), and "Invasion of the Paper Pedalers" (November 2).

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
28b1"Pursuit of the Magic Hoop"Matt UitzSeptember 21, 1991 (1991-09-21)128b

The N Team travels to Hoopland for Hoop-Dee-Doo-Dah Day where they can gain a wish by sinking a shot through the Magic Hoop. Kevin and Lana have their hopes set on bringing King Charles home, but end up having to fix a wish gone awry causing Kevin and Lana to help him by heading to the top of Hoop Mountain and they even encounter Clockman. Larry Bird makes an appearance, but only in character and name.

Game elements: Jordan vs Bird: One on One
29b2"Misadventures in Robin Hood Woods"Dorothy MiddletonSeptember 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)129b

After returning from a Dragon's Den mission, Kevin and Pit do battle with the Sheriff of Nottingham's soldiers – and team up with Robin Hood.

Game elements: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
30b3"Return to Castlevania"Matt UitzSeptember 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)130b

Simon travels to his homeworld of Castlevania to be honored by the Poltergeist King, but is made to think he had dishonored his great-grandfather Trevor Belmont. But the King isn't really who he appears to be...

Game elements: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
31b4"Totally Tetrisized"Dorothy MiddletonOctober 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)131b

A new foe, the Puzzle Wizard, has taken over the world of Tetris – so the N Team goes to set things straight, dealing with the Wizard's puzzling shenanigans.

Game elements: Tetris
32b5"Battle of the Baseball Know-It-Alls"Calvin KelleyOctober 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)132b

Mother Brain has returned in a last-ditch effort to conquer the Palace of Power, while the N Team deals with other demons under the stadium in the world of Baseball. Bo Jackson appears via character and name.

Game elements: Bo Jackson Baseball
33b6"The Fractured Fantasy of Captain N"Paul Dell and Steven WeissOctober 26, 1991 (1991-10-26)133b

Kevin is hypnotized into doing evil by a dark prince named Astos who hopes to conquer the world of Final Fantasy.

Game elements: Final Fantasy
34b7"A Tale of Two Dogs"Dennis O'FlahertyOctober 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)134b

Dr. Wily, Dr. Wright and the N Team build a Peace Robot, but Wily double-crosses them. He tries to use the robot to take over Videoland after kidnapping Duke and Rush to keep Kevin and Megaman occupied.

Game elements: Mega Man 3