Video Game / Nicktoons Unite

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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 four games are about Nicktoons characters joining forces to defeat a common enemy, 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. Released for PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, and GameCube in 2005, and Nintendo DS in 2006.

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. It should be noted that rescued characters are only acknowledged in cutscenes in the Nintendo DS version.

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 Zim as a new main character to accompany them, The Fairly Oddparents characters are oddly absent from this one. It killed the series.

This series was "succeeded" in 2011 by Nicktoons MLB.


These games contain examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The first stages of Bikini Bottom and Zim Town in Globs of Doom have sections where you go inside sewer tunnels filled with Morphoid goo.
  • 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.
  • Amusement Park: The first Retroville stage in Globs of Doom, which takes place in Retroland.
  • Badass Bookworm: Jimmy Neutron, especially in the first game.
  • Be Yourself: How SpongeBob got Globulous to do a Heel–Face Turn. And then he shapeshifted into a giant, slimy cyclops SpongeBob. Uh huh.
  • Big Bad: The Mawgu in "Battle for Volcano Island", Professor Calamitous by himself in "Attack of the Toybots" and Globulous Maximus in "Globs of Doom".
  • Big Bad Quadrumvirate: The Evil Syndicate, a group of Nickelodeon villains respective to each main character in the games. If the game has a Duumvirate, you can safely place your bets on them ending up as the main villains, even when they seem to be helping at first.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: The Ghost Zone Prison in Nicktoons Unite. Overlaps with The Alcatraz.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Vlad's Castle and Crocker's Fortress in Nicktoons Unite.
  • Bleak Level: Haunted Amity Park in Nicktoons Unite, where the citizens are possessed by ghosts and need to be exorcised by Danny.
  • Blow You Away: Jimmy's main weapon in Nicktoons Unite is a tornado blaster, which shoots bursts of air.
  • Bubbly Clouds: Fairy World in Nicktoons Unite and Attack of the Toybots.
  • 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.", 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 (with the exception of the promotional music video for the Sponge Out of Water Movie, but this was released several years after this video game.)
  • Crisis Crossover
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the sequels, the first 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.
    • The Mawgu goes from the Big Bad of Volcano Island to a brief joke in the intro of Attack Of The Toybots.
  • Derelict Graveyard: Shipwreck Cliff in Battle for Volcano Island.
  • Down in the Dumps: The second Bikini Bottom stage in Globs of Doom.
  • Dual Boss: The DS version of Globs of Doom has the infected Almighty Tallest as the penultimate bosses.
  • Easter Egg: In Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, the boxes for the evil teddy bears have secret messages on their boxes that can only be found by digging in the game files. They say that the toys are for ages 18 and up, and were made by "EvilToysCo". They also have extremely unnerving messages saying "I'LL HUG YOU AND KILL YOU. YOU'LL NEVER SLEEP AGAIN. I'LL KILL YOUR PARENTS."
  • 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.
  • Flunky Boss: Everyone in Nicktoons Unite, and everyone but the final boss in Globs of Doom. Crocker even shouts out for mooks to appear.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: The console versions of Globs of Doom have a particularly nasty one where it causes the save files to become corrupt and unplayable, pretty much forcing the player to start the game all the way from the beginning again. This has contributed to the death of the Nicktoons crossover series.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Due to not being able to choose which characters you use in Volcano Island, some cutscenes have different teams from gameplay: Fetid Forest has you use a team of SpongeBob, Danny, Patrick and Sandy, but the cutscenes at the end of the level have Sam instead of Patrick, despite Sam not participating in the level. Similarly, Ancient's Peak has a team of SpongeBob, Danny, Sam and Sandy, but Patrick replaces Sam in the end-of-level cutscene.
  • 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.
  • Green Hill Zone: Jellyfish Fields in Nicktoons Unite and the second Zim Town stage in Globs of Doom.
  • Hub Level: Jimmy's Lab in Nicktoons Unite, Camp Castaway in Battle for Volcano Island,note  and the Mawgu Lair in Globs of Doom. Only Attack of the Toybots is devoid of a hub level and instead has a simple level select screen.
  • Jungle Japes: The first Papununu stage in Globs of Doom.
  • King Mook: The giant fleabot in Nicktoons Unite, which led the flea robots populating the stage you find it in.
    • There's also The Great Carrapace and King Gorge in Battle for Volcano Island. The former of which is to the sand monsters and the latter of which is to the Florian guards.
  • Large Ham: Globulous.
  • 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.
  • The Lost Woods: Fetid Forest in Battle for Volcano Island starts out in a dark and dreary forest before eventually leading underground into an Ooze mine.
  • Macro Zone: Fantastic Voyage of Goddard in Nicktoons Unite, since it takes place inside Goddard.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Provides the page quote.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Beautiful Gorgeous, and how.
  • Original Generation: Every NPC except Tucker, Squidward and Jimmy in Battle for Volcano Island, and Globulous.
  • Palmtree Panic: Summoner's Rock and Calamity Cove in Battle for Volcano Island.
  • 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.)
  • Promoted to Playable:
    • Patrick, Sandy, and Sam go from NPCs in Unite! to playable characters in Battle For Volcano Island.
    • Plankton goes from being part of the Five-Bad Band in Unite! to playable in Globs of Doom.
  • 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.
  • Remilitarized Zone: Fort Crabclaw in Battle for Volcano Island.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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.
    • Beautiful Gorgeous is the only playable female in Globs of Doom.
  • 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.
    • To a lesser extent, Danny is usually second to SpongeBob in terms of plot importance, though that may be a tad bit justified due to being one of the few Nicktoons who regularly fights and beats up super powered baddies in his own home series.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Most apparent in Battle for Volcano Island as the characters will immediately fall through the water that isn't shallow. Lampshaded by the Wise Old Crab.
  • 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.
  • Temple of Doom: Crystal Ruins in Battle for Volcano Island and the second Papununu stage in Globs of Doom.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Zim in Globs of Doom. And inverted with Dib on the evil team.
    • An interesting variation of this occurs in Attack of the Toybots. An unlockable costume allows you to play as Dark Danny (Dan Phantom). Yes, that Dark Danny instead of Danny Phantom.
  • Under the Sea: The Bikini Bottom levels in general in any game sans Battle for Volcano Island.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Ancient's Peak in Battle for Volcano Island and Calamitous' Lair in Attack of the Toybots.
  • 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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