411 Games Top 5 3.08.14: Top 5 Games Based on Animated Series
Posted by Sean Garmer on 03.08.2014
From South Park: Stick of Truth, The Simpsons Arcade and TMNT Arcade to DuckTales and more, the 411 staff counts down the top 5 games based on animated series!
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. I hope you all like cartoons.
In honor of South Park Stick of Truth coming out this week, here are the Top 5 Games based on cartoons, anime, or manga characters. The only rule was that the games selected had to have a video game made after the cartoon, anime, or manga was already created.
Todd Vote (Games Zone Reviewer, Regular Contributor to Four Player Co-op)
In no particular order, except for #1, number one is badass:
5.Aladdin (Genesis) - There was a stint there where Disney had some really decent games based on their animated films. This one and another entry on my list are the two that pop to mind immediately when it comes to games based on cartoons. Alladin was a side scrolling platform game based on the film of the same name. Aladdin attacked by throwing apples or using his scimitar.
4.The Lion King (Sega Genesis) - Probably one of the best games based on a Disney property to hit the Genesis. The Lion King was a challenging platformer that put you in the paws of Simba as he went from a young cub to the King of the Pride. Almost makes me want to track down a Genesis and learn to roar all over again.
3.Tiny Toon Adventures (NES) - We're Tiny, We're Toony, we're all a little looney... Another platformer... I guess that is a bit of a pattern with most of my list. But back in the day platform games were all the rage, mostly due to the limitations of the hardware. But either way, Tiny Toons were awesome, and the game was too.
2.Duck Tales (NES) - Woo-hoo-ooh. Recently remastered with some success, Duck Tales, I remember being an extremely difficult game. I haven't had a chance to check out the remastered version yet, but it is on my list.
1.The Simpsons Arcade Game (Arcade) - Oh, you quarter munching son of a bitch! Why did it take so long for this to make it to home consoles? Because it probably made local arcades close to eleventy-billion dollars. That's why.
John Cash (Reader Voice, Occasional Contributor to Four Player Co-op)
Honorable Mention: Toradora Portable (PSP), Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (PS2/GCN/XBOX)
5. Tiny Toon Adventures (NES): It's amazing to go back and watch Tiny Toons now and get all the references to older media, but even as I kid I could tell that there was something different about this show that made it just plain better somehow. Luckily, a little of that spilled over on to the NES. It's not the hardest game in the world, but it features most of the well known and loved characters from the show, and is one of my personal favorite games for the NES.
4. Duck Tales (NES): I was never able to defeat Duck Tales as a kid, but I was able to watch someone else do it (back when "Let's Play" involved sitting in the same room with the person actually playing the game), and there is one thing that I (and most people that also love the game) will always remember; the Moon stage music. The entire game had catchy music, but The Moon's was just one of those songs that gets etched into your mind for the rest of your life. It's a fantastic platformer, its kind of hard to imagine any other game using "cane-bouncing" as a mechanic (unless Cranky Kong gets his own game) so that makes it stand out that much more.
3. Disney's Aladdin (Sega Genesis): I've never played the SNES version, but from what I've read it's pretty much it's own game, so this entry on my list is specifically for the Genesis version. You'd think being a Disney game and a Capcom game, which this is pretty much a lock for memorable music, but I probably couldn't pick a favorite that immediately comes to mind. Instead, what I think about when this game comes up is sprite animation and crisp, challenging-without-frustration platforming. It really feels like you're playing the movie. I can only imagine what it would be like if they did an HD remake of this game with HD sprites instead of 3D models like they've done with Duck Tales and TMNT Turtles In Time.
2. The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES): Speaking of feeling like you are literally part of the source material while you play! My personal pick for greatest cartoon of the 1990's, and certainly top 10 all time as far as cartoons with continuous plot goes, it somehow managed to also have a pretty awesome video game adaptation. From the cool boss portraits, the title cards emulating the show before each level, and down to the fantastic soundtrack, I love everything about this game.
1. Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars: This game is so outrageous, and in all honesty, even I'm surprised I have it at #1. If it weren't so much fun, it would be farther down, but it's hard to deny the pure joy that comes from literally sweeping someone with Roll, or obliterating people with Gold Lightan. Having the damage points on the combo register in the BILLIONS was a great touch. Wonderful soundtrack, an incredible roster of familiar faces and people you'd probably never see anywhere else, this is not only my favorite fighting game of the last 10 years, it's in my top 3 all-time favorite fighting games, and definitely a must buy if you have a Wii.
Daniel Anderson (Games Zone Reviewer, Games Fact or Fiction Organizer, Regular Contributor to "Cooperative Multiplayer" The Official 411 Games Podcast)
5. Robotech: Battlecry - I really enjoyed Robotech growning up (probably why I enjoy mech type games so much), and this game captured the feel of the anime perfectly. I enjoyed the game overall, and keeping the cel-shading for the entire game, it felt that you were controlling the anime. Great game and a lot of fun.
4. Simpsons Arcade - Growing up, most of my money was spent playing this and the next game on the list. I loved seeing this game at arcades. From choosing a character to hearing sounds from the show, the game just felt great and was a blast to play.
3. TMNT Arcade - The only reason this game edges out The Simpsons is that I was a big Ninja Turtles fan growing up. I spent way too much money on this game when it first came out. The game was everything fans of the cartoon wanted and more (although I enjoyed it more on the NES then the arcade). Not only did you get every bad guy from the cartoon, you got to play as your choice of Turtle. I also have to admit to enjoying the game when it was released on Xbox Live.
2. South Park: Stick of Truth - I am still playing this game right now, but it is great. Is the gameplay fairly simple compared to newer RPG's? Yes, a little. The licensed material makes up for it. I honestly feel like I am playing in an interactive episode of South Park. So far, I have not found one thing I dislike about the game. Really fun and I recommend you pick it up.
1. Arkham City - Some people might call this cheating, but given the voices in the game, I consider it an extension of Batman: The Animated Series, just with updated costumes. I gave City the nod over Asylum just because I enjoyed the bigger area to go around in (along with more villains and what seemed to be longer gameplay). If Mark Hamill's final voicing of the Joker is this game, I am willing to consider it a fitting closure. That being said, I am looking forward to Arkham Knight coming out later this year and see where Rocksteady takes the story next.
Robert Cooper (Music Zone Reviewer, Writer of the Metal Hammer of Doom News Report, Regular Contributor to "Cooperative Multiplayer" The Official 411 Games Podcast)
5. Aladdin: A game from back in a time where movie games didn't automatically suck a giant hairy taint. This game was awesome for as long as I played it for, which wasn't long, but damn was it a memorable experience!
4. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars: Who else remembered this game came out? I DID! I only played it for a few days while a friend was renting it, but while playing it, I found myself incredibly impressed by how well this game was done, especially considering I didn't have a clue who have of the cast was (minus the Gatchaman, I knew them). I think Capcom should try something like this more often!
3. Duck Tales: The soundtrack alone gets it on this list, but the gameplay itself is pretty damn good, so it makes it even farther!
2.Simpsons Arcade: Damn this game was good, though I will admit that it'd probably be more fun had it played the cabinet with other people, but oh well, it was still pretty damn good!
1. DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2: Maybe this is showing extreme bias on my part, but I loved almost every one of the DBZ fighting games up to, and to a lesser extent, after this point. The DBZ fighting games were a part of my childhood, and while I didn;t get to watch the anime very often due to me trying to kick peoples' asses as a child, the games would still allow me to know what was going on in the show. This games is pretty much the pinnacle of the DBZ games as it had almost every character, a good story mode,and plenty of other things to offer. While the series will probably never reach this height again, I can still say that I am happy to have cherished this game.
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