Video Game: Nicktoons Unite
A series of multiconsole video games combining multiple cartoons featured on the children's TV network Nickelodeon. Actually, only the first game in this series goes by the title Nicktoons Unite!, but considering all the games are about Nicktoons characters joining forces, we might as well consider it the name of the series as well.Nicktoons Unite!: Professor Calamitous joins forces with Plankton, Mr. Crocker, and Vlad Plasmius to form an Evil Syndicate. They start stealing energy from their respective worlds in order to power a Doomsday Device to blow up the multiverse. To counter this, Jimmy Neutron recruits Spongebob Squarepants, Timmy Turner (who is of course accompanied by Cosmo and Wanda), and Danny Phantom to help him venture into their worlds to stop the villains.Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island: Spongebob, Timmy, and Danny reunite, accompanied by co-stars Patrick, Sandy, and Sam Manson, having been picked by a Wise Old Crab to save Volcano Island from a new villain named the Mawgu. Jimmy notably sits this one out and communicates with the heroes behind the scenes.Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots: Professor Calamitous returns, this time planning to take over the multiverse with his army of Toybots, fueled by Ghost energy combined with the fart gas of fairies having been fed Krabby Patties. Spongebob, Patrick, Jimmy, Timmy, Danny, Sam, and newcomer Tak team up to collect master models (collectibles said to hold data that Calamitous scanned from character around the multiverse that he kidnapped and then dumped (most of them) back to keep his plan secret) for the Chadbot, a robot servant of Calamitous' who claims he will help them. Along the way, they rescue starring characters from other Nicktoons, including Stimpy and Rocko in the console versions, Invader Zim, Mr. Blik, and El Tigre in the Nintendo DS version, and Jenny Wakeman and GIR in both.Spongebob Squarepants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom: A slimy cyclops alien race known as the Morphoids and their strange orange goo envelop the Nicktoons' worlds, enslaving all innocent bystanders, so the heroes (Jimmy, Spongebob, Patrick, Danny, and Tak) join forces with the Evil Syndicate (now made up of Technus, Beautiful Gorgeous, and Traloc, with Plankton the only "veteran" member) to get to the bottom of it. In addition, Invader Zim lies his way onto the heroes' side (claiming he's "not evil, just curious"), prompting his nemesis Dib to join the Evil Syndicate. They eventually find out the cause of it all as a result of the Big Bad, an alien named Globulous, continually body snatching Spongebob because he's sick of his life. In spite of having a new main character to accompany them, the Fairly Oddparents characters are oddly absent from this one. It killed the series.This series has been "succeeded" in 2011 by Nicktoons MLB.
These games contain examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: A lot of the characters in this series normally wouldn't be likely to put up much of a fight against some of the Mooks in the series, but in these games, they're all more than capable of kicking ass. Special mention goes to Rocko, who goes from timid everyman to being able to destroy killer toys.
- Be Yourself: How SpongeBob got Globulous to do a Heel-Face Turn. And then he shapeshifted into a giant, slimy cyclops SpongeBob. Uh huh.
- Blow You Away: Jimmy's main weapon in Nicktoons Unite is a tornado blaster, which shoots bursts of air.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being one of the main characters in the first three games, Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda are completely absent from the fourth game without a mention.
- Continuity Nod:
- When Timmy flirts with her in the first game, Cindy replies, "Hi Timmy. I didn't know you were back in Retroville." She's referring to their encounters in the three Jimmy Timmy Power Hours.
- Globs of Doom features a boss fight with Bubble Bass, a SpongeBob character not seen since the first season.
- Crisis Crossover
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to the sequels, this game is Darker and Edgier, both in music and threats, and with less cartoonish and comedic moments. The sequels, however, are much more Lighter and Softer.
- Demoted to Extra: Patrick. From playable character in Volcano Island and Attack Of The Toybots to background character that spouts nonsense in Globs of Doom. Jimmy also is reduced from playable character in the first game to the Voice with an Internet Connection that stays at the hub in the second, but becomes playable again for the third and fourth.
- Dual Boss: The DS version of Globs of Doom has the infected Almighty Tallest as the penultimate bosses.
- Eternal Engine:
- The near-entirety of Attack of the Toybots takes place in one.
- Plankton's Jellyfish Factory in Nicktoons Unite.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Rocko attacks by spinning.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot:
- The final level of Nicktoons Unite is outright called "Fantastic Voyage of Goddard"; there, the party shrink themselves to hunt down a giant fleabot inside Goddard that spies for and holds the coordinates to Calamitous' secret hideout.
- The battle against the Girl-Eating Plant in Globs of Doom has you trying find a way to get swallowed by it so that you can beat up its innards.
- Five-Bad Band:
- "Nicktoons Unite!"
- "Globs of Doom"
- Five-Man Band:
- SpongeBob SquarePants as The Hero
- Jimmy Neutron as The Lancer and The Smart Guy
- Danny Phantom as The Big Guy
- Timmy Turner as The Sneaky Guy
- Wanda as The Chick
- Cosmo as The Heart
- Fifth Ranger privileges vary: from Patrick Star, Sam Manson, and Sandy Cheeks in Volcano Island, to GIR and Jenny Wakeman in Attack of the Toybots, and ZIM in Globs of Doom.
- Flunky Boss: Everyone in Nicktoons Unite, and everyone but the final boss in Globs of Doom. Crocker even shouts out for mooks to appear.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Plankton's mecha in Nicktoons Unite.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Knock off the skirtlike casing of one particular type of robotic enemy in Attack of The Toybots, and they'll be revealed to be wearing what looks like polka-dot underwear.
- King Mook: The giant fleabot in Nicktoons Unite, which led the flea robots populating the stage you find it in.
- Large Ham: Globulous.Zim: HEY! You will not imitate ME!
- Lethal Joke Character: The unlockable Mr. Huggles in Attack of the Toybots can kill all enemies in one hit.
- Living Toys: Attack of the Toybots, duh.
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Provides the page quote.
- Market-Based Title: The first three games were named in Europe as SpongeBob SquarePants and Friends rather than Nicktoons.
- Ms. Fanservice: Beautiful Gorgeous, and how.◊
- Original Generation: Every NPC except Tucker, Squidward and Jimmy in Battle for Volcano Island, and Globulous.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: Not only does Danny get screwed big time by this trope but Calamitous, mostly an ineffectual Jimmy Neutron villain, gets bumped on the Sorting Algorithm Of Villain Threat to a Multiuniversal Threat (At first with his Evil Syndicate, and then by himself, with an army of living toys. Really.)
- Puzzle Boss: Calamitous and his pseudo-Boss Rush in Nicktoons Unite, Cujo the Ghost Dog and the mutated Girl-Eating Plant in Globs of Doom.
- Rewarding Vandalism: Lampshaded in Globs of Doom by the character you're controlling when you do such things.
- Roofhopping: The second Amity Park stage in Globs of Doom is set entirely atop roofs.
- Attack of the Toybots contains "off-screen" cameo appearances by characters from almost all Nicktoons, including those that no longer air regularly.
- GIR: "All your data are belong to MEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!"
- Rocko: "A wallaby's gotta do what a wallaby's gotta do... Whatever that is."
- Timmy compares Volcano Island to LOST at one point.
- Zim: "Welcome to your doom!"
- The Smurfette Principle: Jenny is the only playable female character in the DS version of Attack of the Toybots. Averted in the console versions, where Sam is playable as well.
- Spotlight-Stealing Title:
- The series is titled SpongeBob SquarePants and Friends in Europe.
- Spongebob gets top billing for the fourth game, which is justified by him being a focal point of the game's story rather than a part of an ensemble cast.
- Take Your Time: The Evil Syndicate starts up their Doomsday Machine in the pre-boss cutscene of Unite!, but no timer is ever present during the fight that follows.
- Teamwork Puzzle Game: Each version of Unite is one in its own different way. Also, the GBA version of Battle for Volcano Island and the DS version of Globs of Doom.
- Tim Curry: The voice of Calamitous.
- Token Evil Teammate: Zim in Globs of Doom. And inverted with Dib on the evil team.
- Under the Sea: All levels set in Bikini Bottom.
- Voices Are Mental: In the case of Globulous!SpongeBob, first averted and then played straight after Zim's Town.
- A Winner Is You: In the GBA version of Battle for Volcano Island, your reward for obtaining all 23 Rip-Zipper pieces and 115 Gold Hearts (which requires a No Damage Run on every level) is a giant monolith that says "Congratulations! You've completed the game 100%! Thank you for playing!".
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