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Thread: I've acquired 31 episodes of "The Power Team", the rare Acclaim NES cartoon from 1990

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    Default I've acquired 31 episodes of "The Power Team", the rare Acclaim NES cartoon from 1990

    I managed to get 33 episodes of Video Power, where host 'Johnny Arcade' reviews video games and gives out strategies at the beginning and end of each episode. The meat of each episode, however, is dedicated to a cartoon about a group known as "The Power Team", a group of licensed characters from NES games that battle Mr. Big from NARC and other various baddies.

    Some episodes didn't have the cartoon. However, I can confirm that, of The Power Team, I have episodes 1-9, 11-20, and 22-33. That's 31 episodes of cornball action starring a tomato, a basketball player, Fabio, a narcotics cop, and BIGFOOT the Monster Truck. I wish I could make a team like that up.

    I've heard rumors that 55 episodes were produced of this cartoon. However, Video Power had only 65 episodes in its entire run, and those that know about the show also know that in Season 2, the show had a drastic format change, going to a 'game show' format with no cartoons. My theory is that Season One had 33 episodes (and 33 Power Teams), and Season Two was 32 episodes. The final part of that theory is a shocking conclusion that the final 22 episodes produced were never broadcast.

    Of course, I could be completely wrong, as I actually never got to watch Season One as a child. They syndicated only Season Two where I used to live around Jacksonville, FL, but on one single occasion I think they showed an episode of season one, introducing me to The Power Team. I thought back then, "This crap sucks! It's just a cheap, lame Captain N ripoff!" Yeah, well, I think today it's a show that's so bad that it's fun. Most importantly, it's a piece of classic video game history that's incredibly rare.

    I know people have been looking for this cartoon for a while. It was long thought lost and many thought it simply didn't exist. I'll try to make them readily available in some fashion sometime in April because these do need to be digitally preserved and viewed by anyone that's been wanting to see it as well as other curious gamers, especially after being forgotten for over two decades. I'd do it this month, but I have a certain ISP that has pathetic bandwidth limitations.

    In the meantime, here's an episode I uploaded to YouTube. I also have Episode 1 and 11 up, located on channel StillGaming2.

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    Oh God, I remember watching this show.

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    More than just a Captain N ripoff, it was like the D-List Captain N ripoff. Of course I watched it. How could I not?

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    forget the show... How about those classic commercials in the example posted here! Man i feel like i am 6 years old all over again!

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    Yeah. I was addicted to this show as a kid. Watched every moment of it. If i remember correctly. there was a 2nd show that was related to this one.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oygIaaHKHhQ

    100% of both of these shows however was to advertise to us soft brained children.

    if you somehow are able to host these videos i would be more than happy to mirror them or seed.

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    now that the boards back.....do you have these on DVD-R and can trade copies? they are not .avi files?

    I have TONS of rare cartoons, literally anything you could possibly want. Also lots of rare videogame toons and programs not on official dvd (or vhs even), pretty much everything related to videogames ever broadcast.....but not this.....


    Id love to have copies of these episodes you have! pm me if you want to see my trade list, or if I could even buy copies from you....

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    I had completely forgotten this cartoon, but I'm sure I've got most of the episodes recorded somewhere.




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    I heard these were lost to the ether! I'd love to watch these.
    Tell me, my good man, how could I get copies of these from you? Old commercials included?! Awesome!

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    We never got that here (although we did get Captain N). Having watched that... maybe just as well

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    As I've been trying to grab some digital archives of these kinds of shows for a long time, knowing that most of the episodes of Power Team are available in some form sounds like great news!

    Please let me know of any updates!

    In the meantime, keeping to the subject of Captain N clones, let me link an old thread about the Bug-tte Honey anime. It's pretty much Hudson's (God rest your soul) anime equivalent to a take on the Captain N concept of a video game protagonist crossover starring everyday kids, and is probably one of the only ones of this kind to have had it's own Famicom game adaptation (although it's not necessarily a good game, mind...).

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    Thanks for uploading these! You should share these on Neogaf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by understatement View Post
    Why oh why did I ever go for that engineering degree when accordion repair technician is in such high demand?
    I wonder how many people signed up to that! MAO

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    Wow, even in the video game cartoon the token black get left out in the rain. Literally.

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    I remember watching this back in the day. Thank you for sharing.
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    I remember seeing an episode once when i was a kid where the winner got to run through the maze and went straight for the neo geo. i tried looking and couldnt find it. but yeah, that kid knew what the fuck was up! XD

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    I you can manage to get the complete season 2, that would be fantastic. Ive been searching for them for quite some time.
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    I just love cartoons. It's the only place where a drug cop, a barbarian, a basketball player (in uniform), and a big talking tomato could offer help to a guy in the rain and elicit a completely ordinary response.

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    You sir are awesome, thanks for sharing, please upload more to youtube!
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    Hit me up for trading!!!!!!! anybody! Heres the shows I have:

    Pac Man the animated series (complete)
    Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior (complete)
    Saturday Supercade (Only 2 hour long episodes in circulation)
    Pac Preview Party starring Dick Clark with original commercials (Very rare special aired before the premiere of the pac man cartoon)
    Christmas Comes to Pac Land from original premiere broadcast date With original commercials
    Gamesmaster (British Video game based gameshow, complete)
    Video Games Vol.2 (Featuring Night Trap the movie, rare commercials, japanese promos for unreleased games, etc.)
    StarCade (Complete)
    Battletoads animated pilot
    Earthworm jim (complete)
    Tetris: From Russia with love rare documentary
    Salamander Anime (RARE anime based on the Salamander/Gradius series)

    I have more Videogame related programs but Im to lazy to sort through thousands of dvds. On top of this gaming stuff I also have just about any animated program yopu could possibly think of (something missing from your childhood and not officially on dvd? hit me up!), Rare Sitcoms, Entire broadcasts with the original commercials intact (TGIF, USA cartoon express, Commander USA, Saturday morning cartoon blocks), General weird programming, Rare Anime, Rare Muppet stuff, Foreign versions of sesame street w/ different muppets, Saturday morning preview specials, Unreleased TV pilots, Unreleased films, rare cult films...........I have thousands of programs and Im always looking to add more stuff to my collection, so if any of you guys are into this stuff and want to trade, PLEASE hit me up!!!!!!

    NOTE: the programs I offer are in the public domain, or otherwise unobtainable and are for trade only! no rips of commercial dvd releases or avi files!
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