Video Game: Captain Novolin
Hello TV Tropes! I have diabetes. Is there anything special I should know before describing Captain Novolin?Widely considered one of the greatest Edutainment Games ever released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Captain Novolin tells the heartwarming story of an Inspirationally Disadvantaged superhero, whose superpower is the fact that he happens to have diabetes. No, he doesn't fight diabetes, and his superpower doesn't involve giving other people diabetes; his superpower is having diabetes. As such, for him every day of his life is an epic struggle against his illness — you must fight against evil alien invaders who have taken the form of malicious junk foods, all the while making sure to eat regularly and keep your blood sugar levels consistent (and check you feet for sores and blisters).In case you couldn't tell from the above paragraph, the game was intended to help children learn about diabetes, but failed spectacularly at the job, and almost managed to seem as if it was mocking those who had the disease instead. (Why would diabetic kids need to be reminded of their illness? Aren't video games meant to be an escape from reality?) The game was endorsed by Novo Nordisk, manufacturers of the Novolin brand of insulin, from which the game takes its name. The game's publishers, Raya Systems, also released other educational games with similar themes, such as Packy and Marlon, a game starring two elephants with juvenile diabetes.
This game contains examples of:
- Anthropomorphic Food: Except they are actually aliens disguised as candy. No real explanation for why the healthy food walks around, though.
- Goomba Stomp: Novolin's only means of offense. Just be sure to hold down on the D-pad when you stomp enemies.
- In a Single Bound: Captain Novolin's "superpower", more or less.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: As with other games from Raya Systems, the game was only available via a doctor's prescription. Seriously.
- Let's Play: Diabetus takes this one on. How appropriate!
- Rouge Angles of Satin: An information box cautions to "check you feet" while hiking. Gained Memetic Mutation status in Diabetus's Let's Play.
- Save the Princess: The mayor was kidnapped... and he also has diabetes!
- Viewers Are Morons: When you talk to people, Captain Novolin will take the time to inform them that he has diabetes — in one case complete with his own certificate of proof.
- Voodoo Shark: Please see Anthropomorphic Food.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Sweets, even just by touching them.
- Any food, if you consume too much of it.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Having diabetes isn't really a superpower. Therefore the only thing keeping Captain Novolin a superhero is his courage to take out the anthropomorphic food despite not really having any superpowers, making him a Badass Normal at best. Unless the game intends to treat his odd Jump Physics as a superpower.