Over the years, Pokemon has had many imitators. One of the best and most prolific is Digimon. Like Pokemon, Digimon has had several games and even a pretty good cartoon. Now Digimon is back on the Xbox 360 and PS3 with an arena style battle fighting action game (reviewed on 360 here). The Digital World has been at peace for a long time, and the Digimon monsters are getting bored. So to keep them in top fighting shape, they hold a battle tournament to see who is the best Digimon of them all!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been famous with kids since, well, I was young. And now there is a popular new TMNT computer animated TV series on Nickelodeon. This game is based on that series. When Donatello picks up traces of a new super mutagen, it’s up to the four heroes in a half shell to find it before Shredder and the Kraang aliens do! Danger of the Ooze is a single player 2-D platformer/beat em up that plays quite a bit like an old school Metroid game! It’s available on Xbox 360, PS3, and 3DS, but reviewed on 360 here.
A week or two ago I wrote a blog about my favorite Saturday morning cartoons. That got me to thinking about cartoons during the week that I watched and liked, so I decided to write a blog about my favorite weekday afternoon cartoons as well.
Lately I’ve been reading things about major networks taking off their Saturday morning cartoon lineup and whatnot. I don’t really know the details about all of it because news about Saturday morning cartoons just isn’t at the top of my radar anymore. But it got me to thinking about my favorite Saturday morning cartoons as a kid, so I decided to list my top ten. I think I did a blog like this before, but it’s been quite a while so I think it’s worth revisiting.
Power Rangers have been delighting kids and fans of campy action on television and movies ever since the 90’s! And the basis for the show has been around much longer, as it originated in Japan in the 70’s! I can’t believe Power Rangers is still on TV, but apparently it is. And now you can join the adventures with Power Rangers: Super Megaforce, a simple arcade action brawler for Nintendo 3DS.
The Legend of Korra is a popular action-adventure cartoon on Nickelodeon. The animated series is a follow-up to the equally popular Avatar: The Last Airbender show on Nick. The Legend of Korra takes place many years after the original series and stars a young woman who has elemental-bending powers just like the original hero. Now you can join in the adventures with Korra in a game that takes place between the second and third seasons of the show. It’s available to download for many of today’s consoles, but reviewed on Xbox 360 here.
One of the most popular video game icons, Pac-Man, is still going strong after all these years. There is even a computer animated cartoon on the Disney XD cable channel, and it even has a second season! I’m surprised at that, because the cartoon itself isn’t that good. Last year, Bandai Namco Games made a video game based on Pac-Man’s new cartoon adventures, and despite being based on a lackluster cartoon license, the game itself was actually pretty good. So now it’s a year later and we have a sequel to Pac-Man’s cartoon 3-D platforming romp, and while it’s more of the same, it’s still a fun little game. They just added some characters from the end of the first season and into the second.
Tenkai Knights is a toy line and anime series on Cartoon Network. The story goes that in a parallel universe exists a cube-shaped planet, and its inhabitants can shapeshift from blocks into robotic warriors. The denizens of this planet have endured a centuries-long war over their Tenkai energy source. When it seemed like evil was about to take over the planet, a group of four brave robotic warriors called Tenkai Knights appeared and drove away the bad guys. Now the evil is back and stronger than before, and a new generation of Tenkai Knights is needed. For some reason, four teenage boys from Earth are transported to the war-torn planet to become the next batch of robotic fighter Tenkai Knights. And now you can relive the action of the cartoon with Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle for Nintendo 3DS.
Zombies are kind of a big deal right now in the entertainment world, and one of the most popular franchises is The Walking Dead. Originally an underground comic book, now it’s one of the most-watched shows on cable TV, and a multi-million selling point and click adventure series from TellTale Games. And now it’s also a pinball game from Zen Studios for various platforms on Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2 (reviewed on 360 here). The Walking Dead Pinball is based on TellTale’s point and click adventure game, so you’ll get the most enjoyment out of it if you’re familiar with that entry.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have delighted kids since, well, when I was a kid! I was a little too old to get into them back then, but boy I sure did love the original arcade game! Now the four heroes are just as popular as ever, with a computer animated series on Nickelodeon and a new summer movie. Fans can relive the action of the recent film with a game based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.