Trivia: Captain N: The Game Master

  • Actor Allusion: Levi Stubbs plays Mother Brain, who sounds and acts exactly like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: "Oh, hey there, Kid Icarus... Uhh, not going by Pit anymore, I take it?"
    • This was actually deliberately done so the cast would be forced to say the name of Pit's video game as much as possible, thus increasing brand awareness.
    • Mother Brain is the evil ruler of planet Metroid (not Zebes). Actual Metroids only show up briefly in the comic.
  • Development Gag: A planned cartoon that eventually became Captain N (a Paperboy adaptation called "Buddy Boy") had a newspaper delivery boy wearing a red hat as the protagonist. In the episode based on Paperboy, a kid named Julio appears with a very similar design.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Mother Brain's VA is Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs, better known as the blood-craving plant Audrey II on the movie adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors.
    • Four of the actors went on to provide voices in Beast Wars: Gary Chalk (King Hippo, Donkey Kong, additional) would play Optimus Primal, Doug Parker (Mega Man) would play Terrorsaur, James Ian Corlett (Dr. Wily) would play Cheetor, and Venus Terzo (Princess Lana) would play Black Arachnia. Incidentially, Corlett would voice Mega Man in the Ruby-Spears cartoon.
    • Frank Welker (too many credits to reference) voiced Game Boy. Welker used the same voice he used as J.I.N.X. the robot in SpaceCamp.
    • Kevin himself is voiced by Matt Hill.
    • Lana's father is voiced by Long John Baldry, best known as the voice of Sega's leading villain. Gary Chalk and Ian James Corlett would also play Grounder and Coconuts, respectively in that same series.
    • Kid Icarus is voiced by Alessandro Juliani. You might know him best as the ill-fated Lt. Felix Gaeta on Battlestar Galactica, the genius detective, L, from the show Death Note, or as Emil Hamilton on Smallville.
      • He also reunited with three of the above-mentioned actors when he played Nightscream on Beast Machines (guess which actors).
    • If the appearance of Link, Zelda and Ganon weren't enough for the series, they have the same voices they had on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show's Zelda cartoon.
    • The Eggplant Wizard is voiced by Michael Donovan, who years later went on to voice Mr. Greenrind (a watermelon) and quite a few of the fruity characters on Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island.
  • Missing Episode: At least in the DVD set.
    • The aforementioned Clip Show episode for the aforementioned reason.
    • "How's Bayou", well, sorta... There were two versions of the episode. The original was never completed, due to time constraints, but when the series was picked up for syndication, a second, more common version was shown with additional scenes and dialogue to keep the storyline in place, but with other dialogue taken out as well. Only the original was included on the DVD set, and the more common syndicated version is nowhere to be found in that set.
    • Almost all of the opening teasers save for the first episode and some season three episodes are gone in the DVD sets. Depending on who you ask, either they were not part of Shout! Factory's deal with DIC Entertainment, or they were accidentally destroyed by Disney during DiC's short tenure there.
  • Recursive Adaptation: One of the NES games featured was "Puss in Boots: Pero's Great Adventure". Which was itself was based on an Anime movie based on two different works of classic literature (Puss in Boots and Around the World in 80 Days).
  • Screwed by the Network: While NBC gave Captain N fair treatment for its first season, its second and third season became the target of network politics as NBC began to move away from its Saturday Morning block The third season in particular was noted for the removal of many licensed characters (except those from Nintendo), shorter episode length, dialogue changes and shift to cheaper animation studios. NBC canceled the program without warning after this final straw (its pairing program, Super Mario World, also suffered this fate), and its timeslot was returned to the affiliates once the 1991-1992 television season ended. The affiliates promptly replaced the show with additional local news. The show suffered this in its final two seasons as NBC began phasing out their Saturday morning block. First, NBC stopped promoting the series from season two onwards, meaning that viewers would have to rely on word-of-mouth in order to not miss a new episode. Second, after season three was renewed, NBC drastically cut the show's production budget in favor of a superior performer, Saved by the Bell, causing the quality of the show to deteriorate and prompting audiences to stay away. Finally, once the abysmal ratings for season three came in, NBC halted production of the show, along with all other animated programming, indefinitely, putting it and other programs in reruns for about a year before ditching its Saturday morning block completely, effectively canceling Captain N. It's timeslot was later replaced by local news.
  • What Could Have Been: The original premise was drastically different.