Best Anime Based on Platform Games

Platformers is probably the most iconic genre in gaming. Shooter heroes like Master Chief or Doomguy may have fans, as well as fighting game characters like Ryu or Terry Bogard. Yet they have little fame compared to Super Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog.



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The two of them managed to jump out of the video game console and pop up everywhere. Cereal boxes, lunch boxes, The Simpsons, movies and TV shows. They even managed to become anime, but they’re not the only ones doing that. Here are ten platform game hero who made it into anime.

9 Sonic The Hedgehog

Before the 2020 films defy expectations and produce an okay film instead of a disaster, ADV Films places two Sonic OVA episode together and call it Sonic the Hedgehog: Movie. It was released to coincide with Sonic Adventure 1‘s US release in 1999, although it was originally made in 1996.

The film follows Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles as they attempt to save Sara, the President’s daughter, from Dr Eggman and Metal Sonic. So cool that Sega Enterprises put on two shows full of style sonic CDbeautiful, animated intro. Plus, the final battle between Sonic and Metal Sonic is getting more and more exciting. However, it can be quite clunky in the dialogue department.

8 sonic x

Why stick with OVAs when there’s a season 3 anime? sonic x reach 4Kids, Jetix and hundreds of other channels. The show is a kind of reverse-isekai, as Sonic and his friends emerge from their world into the real world. He even managed to adapt a big cut Sonic Adventure 1 and 2.

The show had its ups and downs, but it also had its big downs, especially with original characters like Chris Thorndyke. Today, it is mostly remembered for introducing Mike Pollock as Dr Eggman, a role he still plays in the game to this day. Also, Sonic’s habit of breaking into English in the original Japanese dub is kind of funny. Especially when he uses swear words.

7 Popful Letters

Popful Letters is a cult classic RPG/Platformer crossover that made it to the West via Sega CD. That’s one of the few reasons to bother with the maligned Genesis add-on. The only drama is that it will be released as Sonic bond is called Sister Sonic, with Mail the hero being a female hedgehog. Fan reaction put a stop to that plan. Or so the story goes.

The game has anime cutscenes and commercials, but not a full anime show or movie. Although it’s not without trying. Studio Fantasia put together a 5-minute pitch back in 1994 for OVA funding. Unfortunately, the pilot didn’t fly, but it’s a great sight.

6 Kirby: Back to Yes!

Or Hoshi no Kirby (Kirby Star) In Japan. The show is a simple show. Kirby crashes into Planet Popstar and befriends the locals. He doesn’t speak beyond strange words or chirps, etc., but helps his more verbal friends Tiff and Tuff whenever Raja Dedede acts. Like when he went to Wispy Woods with a chainsaw because he wanted to build a golf course.

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The show reached the West via 4Kids, who did their usual weird editing tricks. Like removing all text from the front cover of a book. One of the famous episodes, ‘Shell Shocked’, even got lost in the media for a while because it only aired once, then never again. The joke about King Dedede’s snail friend, Escargoon, being stripped of his shell was a bit too vulgar for them.

5 Super Mario Bros: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Daisakusen!

From the DiC cartoons to the upcoming Illumination film, Mario Bros. has been adapted more often by Westerners than by Japanese. But they beat everyone else with this 1986 anime. It’s technically the first video game-based film ever made, though at 61 minutes it’s not exactly feature length.

The plot is simple; Mario and Luigi must save Princess Peach from King Koopa (Bowser). But it has some differences. Mario Brothers first studied Peach and the Mushroom Kingdom through Mario’s Famicom, and went there via the pipeline, making it one of the earliest isekai anime. They also work as grocery store clerks instead of plumbers, and some scenes show that they are Mexican, not Italian.

4 Megaman Maverick Hunter X: Day (Sigma)

Interestingly, the only Megamen that get a full-on series are those from the Game Boy Advance game. But Battle Network and Star Force is a tactical RPG, and received a rather cool reception. Luckily, Xebec Studio also animated the cutscenes for Megaman Maverick Hunter XPSP remake of Megaman X. For an extra touch, they made a 26 minute OVA called Day which shows how Sigma went from being a fellow Hunter to the main villain of the series.

It’s okay for what it is too, and spice up what’s already a good reason for Mega-fans to get their hands on the PSP. Even if Sigma’s moral switch goes against how he turned evil on the other side X game. Even with Zero’s repeated revivals, Sigma’s constant comebacks, and pretty much everything else in X6, it won’t be the biggest plot hole fans will have to swallow.

3 Saru Getchu -Broadcast-

Oh yes, Monkey Escape managed to get anime. It even ran for 77 episodes in two seasons. It’s sort-of the following Ape Escape 3 and two Japanese-only entries; Millions of Monkeys and SaruSaru’s Great Mission. A tame monkey named Kuuta is captured by aliens named Pipotrons, who wear a special helmet on his head to give him extra intelligence. As a result, he changed his name to Specter, and summoned his monkey brothers to cause trouble around the world.

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It’s up to Kakeru and his friends Hiroki and owner Kuuta Natsumi to catch all the escaped apes with various gadgets provided by the Professor. They even get help from Charu, a virtual girl, and Haruka, a mech genius, when they thwart Specter’s plans. That must sound like Monkey Escape story. It was also made by Xebec, although the quality is not comparable to Day . Nonetheless, it’s a good find to be excited about Monkey Escape fans.

2 Lovely Joe

The TAC group adapted the first game into 51 anime episodes that aired throughout 2004 and 2005. Joe and Silvia go to see the film Captain Blue, only for one of Jadow’s evil powers to come off the screen and draw Silvia into the film. Joe gives chase and, under the tutelage of Captain Blue himself, becomes Viewtiful enough to fight Jadow.

26 of the 51 episodes were dubbed and aired on Kids’ WB. Critics and audiences liked it for being faithful to the game, but they didn’t really like the dialogue. Joe spits out so many hip terms to get along with the kids that he looks like a trying dad. This might be appropriate for the man who transforms by saying ‘Henshin-a-Go-Go, Baby!’, but the audience still has to prepare for the dialogue.

1 Castlevania

“But Castlevania is a Western cartoon.” Yes, one staff with many people who previously worked on anime in Japan. The producers wanted the show to resemble the concept art done by Ayami Kojima of Konami, and to follow the spirit of dark fantasy manga like rampage. That’s close enough to count.

Likewise, this series is based on Castlevania III: Curse of Dracula on the NES, which played more like a platformer than the ‘Metroidvania’ style that later games would adopt. It’s also a fairly popular adaptation, and one of Netflix’s few remaining highlights. Castlevania is a must-see recommendation for its drama, action, and expletives. Especially when there was a sequel series.

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