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Super Mario/ Captain N/ Zelda TV series preservations

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So, all of the classic Nintendo cartoons have been available in the US (now OOP in their most complete versions from Shout Factory) on DVD for a while now, but most of the series are still missing video footage and/or audio.

I’m making new, unedited boxsets of the following classic Nintendo shows:

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (broadcast order, including all live action episodes, all Mario cartoons with all of the popular cover songs edited back in, all Zelda cartoons, plus commercial bumpers and DiC and Viacom closing logos on all episides, and finally, Dominos Pizza sponsor bumpers on certain episodes.)

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show (SMBSS) was a half hour 65 episode live-action/ cartoon hybrid that aired in 1989 in syndication five days a week. Every episode was bookended by a live action sitcom starring “Captain” Lou Albano and Danny Wells as Mario and Luigi. The show would follow the adventures of the brothers in their plumbing shop which also doubled as their apartment. Each episode would usually have (a) celebrity guest star(s). In between the live action show was a cartoon. On Monday through Thursday it was a Super Mario Bros. cartoon and Friday had a Legend of Zelda cartoon, parts of which would be previewed in each precedeing M-Th episode. The first 51 (41 if only counting the M-Th episodes) episodes with Mario cartoons also had a cover of a popular song (such as Michael Jackson’s Bad) play during certain scenes.

The best four NTSC releases of the show were: Super Mario Bros. Super Show Vol. 1 and Vol 2. and The Legend of Zelda- The Complete Series, all from Shout! Factory; as well as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show: Collector’s Set released in Australia by Beyond Home Entertainment.

The two Shout volume releases contained the most material. 47 complete episodes of the 52 episodes with Mario cartoons, complete with commercial bumpers, Legend of Zelda previews, segues into the previews (“Let’s see what the next Legend of Zelda is about”, for example), closing credits and both the live action and cartoon opening theme songs. The only missing things from these 47 episodes were the complete originally aired DiC/ Viacom closing studio bumpers, Dominos Pizza sponsor bumpers and the fact that they had the popular music replaced with generic BGM from another show. In addition, a 48th episode (Day of the Orphan/ King Mario of Cramalot) was presented in it’s later, Family Channel master, since the original master was deemed to have been lost. This meant that, in addition to the changes above, the episode had been slowed down and the commercial bumpers and Legend of Zelda segments had been removed as well. More details on this below. The remaining four live action episodes, “Baby Mario Love”, “9001: A Mario Odyseey”, “George Washington Slept Here” and “Texas Tea” were left off the set for various reasons. Only the cartoons for these episodes (minus the cover songs) were presented as Bonus Episodes. The only DVDs to contain the cover songs in English were in the UK, but only on 17 of the episodes. Most DVDs released in countries that contain audio tracks in foreign languages also include the cover songs in English. However, the dialouge being in another language (German, for example), makes it difficult to splice the song back into an English track. Most early VHS releases also include the cover songs, but again, not every episode was released on VHS.

The next best release of the show was in Australia. The Super Mario Bros. Super Show Collectors Edition. Even though Australia is a PAL TV based country, this release is region free and in NTSC. This release was largely similar to the Shout! releases above, with 50 of the 52 “complete” Super Mario episodes. The Shout! volumes had filters applied to all but the “bonus” episodes, whereas this version did not. For this reason, this collection has served as the basis of the majority of my restoration. Much like most other releases, the cover song and “Day of the Orphan/ King Mario of Cramalot” changes are also present here. This release does in fact contain the correct DiC/ Viacom bumpers on most episodes and the Dominos Pizza bumpers on every episode that originally had them. Three of the previously “lost” episodes from the above sets are now presented here, complete with cartoon and live-action segments: “Baby Mario Love/ Koopenstein”, “9001: A Mario Odyssey/ On Her Majesty’s Sewer Service”, and “Texas Tea/ The Trojan Koopa”. However, the episode “The Mario Monster Mash/ Rolling Down the River” was mysteriously absent as well as the commercial bumpers on all 50 episodes, which have been omitted.

They best quality version of the Mario cartoons are releases from Ncircle. They still don’t have the cover songs, but they look nicer than other releases. They were collected in two boxsets from Ncirle. The episodes don’t contain any live-action segments, or opening theme songs (there is one theme song per disc, but it’s not “connected” to any of the episodes.

The Legend of Zelda related episodes, however have not been given the same respect. The only release to attempt to present the episodes complete with it’s live action portions was Shout! Factory’s The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Series mentioned above. However, this release was mostly thrown together, as only five of the thirteen live action episodes that originally accompanied The Legend of Zelda episodes are present: “Wild Thing”, “Fred Van Winkle”, “Defective Gadgetry”, “The Great Hereafter” and “Pizza Crush”. Additionally, the cartoon placement within the live action portion was done incorrectly when compared to the original airing. The cartoons are supposed to take place at the first commercial break (fade to black) of the live action episode, however the cartoons here have been inserted at the scene transition featuring a cartoon Mario head in each of the episodes instead. None of the Dominos Pizza or commercial bumpers are here either.

The only release to contain both Mario and Zelda cartoons was a single disc called Mario Mania from Sterling Entertainment. It had the complete first week of episodes, including the first episode with a Legend of Zelda episode, “Slime Busters/ The Ringer”. Of course it wasn’t perfect, as none of the bumpers or Legend of Zelda previews were on the disc. This is the only NTSC DVD to contain the live action episode, “Slime Busters”, and it is uncut (minus the commercial bumpers). My restoration will be the first “release” to have the full Mario/ Zelda cartoon and live action collection all in one set.

Captain N: The Game Master (season 1, with all popular cover songs and the complete versions of all episodes and clip-shows, plus as bonus features, the changed episodes, such as version 1 of “How’s Bayou”.) This show originally aired on Saturday mornings on NBC, during the same period that SMBSS aired in syndication. Like SMBSS, it also had covers of many popular songs in each episode, which have been edited out of all English DVD releases.
At least three episodes of the show have been altered or omitted from every release as well.

Captain N and the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (edited back into hour long blocks and including all popular cover songs and previously lost footage.) After SMBSS and the first season of Captain N had ended, this show was created. It would start with a SMB3 cartoon, then a Captain N cartoon, and finally a second SMB3 cartoon. All DVD releases have divided the episodes into separate Captain N and SMB3 releases. Shout! Factory’s Captain N: The Game Master: The Complete Series contains the first, standalone season, plus the second, SMB3 season, minus the SMB3 cartoons, and with new title and end credits. The SMB3 cartoons are in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series. The second season of Captain N didn’t contain any cover songs, but some SMB3 episodes did, however, which are missing from most DVD releases.

Captain N and the New Super Mario World was the last Captain N and Mario cartoon to be aired. This time, it was a half hour show, with one Captain N and one SMW segment per episide. Shout! Factory’s set doesn’t seem to be missing anything major this time, only the commercial bumpers. For this show, only a bonus disc with the commercial bumpers and alternate shorter versions of certain season 1 and 2 Captain N episodes, will be made.

The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Series (chronological order) While the Zelda episodes will be included in broadcast order as aired with SMB Super Show, I will also do a set of the Zelda episodes in chronological order, while also including all of Link and Zelda’s appearances on Captain N. Someone even made custom Zelda end credits for me.

DETAILS:
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

Complete Episode List (as originally aired) in the format Live-Action/ Cartoon, followed by the featured cover song heard in the episode. Unless otherwise noted, the cover song is from the cartoon:

VOL. 1:

Episode 1: Neatness Counts/ The Bird, the Bird
Featured cover song: Surfin’ Bird (The Trashmen)
Original Air Date- September 4, 1989

Episode 2: Day of the Orphan/ King Mario of Cramalot
Featured cover song: Bad (Michael Jackson)
Original Air Date- September 5, 1989

Episode 3: All Steamed Up/ Butch Mario & the Luigi Kid
Featured cover song: Rawhide (Frankie Laine)
Original Air Date- September 6, 1989

Episode 4: Marianne & Luigeena/ Mario’s Magic Carpet
Featured cover song: Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
Original Air Date- September 7, 1989

Episode 5: Slime Busters/ The Ringer
Featured cover song: N/A (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- September 8, 1989

Episode 6: The Mario Monster Mash/ Rolling Down the River
Featured cover song: Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Original Air Date- September 11, 1989

Episode 7: Bonkers from Yonkers/ The Great Gladiator Gig
Featured cover song: Shaddap You Face (Joe Dolce)
Original Air Date- September 12, 1989

Episode 8: Will the Real Elvis Please Shut Up!/ Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
Featured cover song: The Power of Love (Huey Lewis & the News)
Original Air Date- September 13, 1989

Episode 9: Bats in the Basement/ Mario and the Beanstalk
Featured cover song: I Heard it Through the Beanvine (a slightly altered version of I Heard It Through the Grapevine) (Marvin Gaye)
Original Air Date- September 14, 1989

Episode 10: Magic’s Magic/ Cold Spells
Featured cover song: N/A (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- September 15, 1989

Episode 11: Mama Mia Mario/ The Great BMX Race
Featured cover song: Shut Down (The Beach Boys)
Original Air Date- September 18, 1989

Episode 12: Alligator Dundee/ Stars in Their Eyes
Featured cover song: Chains (The Beatles)
Original Air Date- September 19, 1989

Episode 13: Dance/ Jungle Fever
Featured cover song: Jungle Love (The Time)
Original Air Date- September 20, 1989

Episode 14: Cher’s Poochie/ Brooklyn Bound
Featured cover song: Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins)
Original Air Date- September 21, 1989

Episode 15: Wild Thing/ The White Knight
Featured cover song: N/A (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- September 22, 1989

Episode 16: E.C. The Extra Creepy/ Toad Warriors
Featured cover song: Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
Original Air Date- September 25, 1989

Episode 17: The Marios Fight Back/ The Fire of Hercufleas
Featured cover song: Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Original Air Date- September 26, 1989

Episode 18: Magician/ Count Koopula
Featured cover song: Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Original Air Date- September 27, 1989

Episode 19: Do You Believe in Magic?/ Pirates of Koopa
Featured cover song: Limbo Rock (Chubby Checker)
Original Air Date- September 28, 1989

Episode 20: Mommies Curse/ Kiss 'N Tell
Featured cover song: N/A (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- September 29, 1989

Episode 21: Lost Dog/ Two Plumbers and a Baby
Featured cover song: Baby Sittin’ Boogie (Buzz Clifford)
Original Air Date- October 2, 1989

Episode 22: Plumbers of the Year/ The Adventures of Sherlock Mario
Featured cover song: I Spy Theme (Earle Hagen)
Original Air Date- October 3, 1989

Episode 23: Mario Hillbillies/ Do You Princess Toadstool Take This Koopa…?
Featured cover song: White Wedding (Billy Idol)
Original Air Date- October 4, 1989

Episode 24: Super Plant/ The Pied Koopa
Featured cover song: Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles)
Original Air Date- October 5, 1989

Episode 25: Fred Van Winkle/ Sing for the Unicorn
Featured cover song: N/A (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- October 6, 1989

VOL. 2:

Episode 26: Baby Mario Love/ Koopenstein
Featured cover song (live-action): Baby Love (The Supremes)/ Featured cover song (cartoon): Weird Science (Oingo Boingo)
Original Air Date- October 9, 1989

Episode 27: 9001: A Mario Odyssey/ On Her Majesty’s Sewer Service
Featured cover song: Secret Agent Man (Johnny Rivers)
Original Air Date- October 10, 1989

Episode 28: Fake Bro/ Mario and Joliet
Featured cover song: That’s Amore (Dean Martin)
Original Air Date- October 11, 1989

Episode 29: Time Out Luigi/ Too Hot to Handle
Featured cover song: Hot Hot Hot (Arrow)
Original Air Date- October 12, 1989

Episode 30: Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario/ That Sinking Feeling
Featured cover song (live-action): Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario (a slightly altered version of Tutti Frutti) (Little Richard) (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- October 13, 1989

Episode 31: Flower Power/ Hooded Robin and His Mario Men
Featured cover song: Rockin’ Robin (Bobby Day)
Original Air Date- October 16, 1989

Episode 32: Vampire Until Ready/ 20,000 Koopas Under the Sea
Featured cover song: Splish Splash (Bobby Darin)
Original Air Date- October 17, 1989

Episode 33: Heart Throb/ Mighty McMario and the Pot of Gold
Featured cover song: Do You Believe in Magic (John Sebastian)
Original Air Date- October 18, 1989

Episode 34: Fortune Teller/ Mario Meets Koop-zilla
Featured cover song: The Jolly Green Giant (The Kingsmen)
Original Air Date- October 19, 1989

Episode 35: The Magic Love/ Doppelganger
Featured cover song: N/A (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- October 20, 1989

Episode 36: Little Marios/ Koopa Klaus
Featured cover song: Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)
Original Air Date- October 23, 1989

Episode 37: Gorilla My Dreams/ Mario and the Red Baron Koopa
Featured cover song: Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins)
Original Air Date- October 4, 1989

Episode 38: George Washington Slept Here/ The Unzappables
Featured cover song: Beat It (Michael Jackson)
Original Air Date- October 26, 1989

Episode 39: Caught in a Draft/ Bad Rap
Featured cover song: I Got You (I Feel Good) (James Brown)
Original Air Date- October 26, 1989

Episode 40: Defective Gadgetry/ Underworld Connections
Featured song (live-action): Inspector Gadget Theme (Shuki Levy) (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- October 27, 1989

Episode 41: Toupee/ The Mark of Zero
Featured cover song: La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)
Original Air Date- October 30, 1989

Episode 42: The Artist/ The Ten Koopmandments
Featured cover song: Walk Like an Egyptian (The Bangles)
Original Air Date- October 31, 1989

Episode 43: Zenned Out Mario/ The Koopas Are Coming! The Koopas Are Coming!
Featured cover song: He’s a Rebel (The Crystals)
Original Air Date- November 1, 1989

Episode 44: Texas Tea/ The Trojan Koopa
Featured cover song: I Hear You Knocking (Dave Edmunds)
Original Air Date- November 2, 1989

Episode 45: The Great Hereafter/ Stinging a Stinger
Featured cover song: N/A (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- November 3, 1989

VOL. 3:

Episode 46: The Painting/ Quest For Pizza
Featured cover song: Alley Oop (The Hollywood Argyles)
Original Air Date- November 6, 1989

Episode 47: Game Show Host/ The Great Gold Coin Rush
Featured cover song: Money (That’s What I Want) (Barrett Strong)
Original Air Date- November 7, 1989

Episode 48: Home Radio/ Elvin Lives
Featured cover song: Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley and the Comets)
Original Air Date- November 8, 1989

Episode 49: Glasnuts/ Plumber’s Academy
Featured cover song: Workin’ for a Livin’ (Huey Lewis and the News)
Original Air Date- November 9, 1989

Episode 50: Treasure of the Sierra Brooklyn/ A Hitch in the Works
Featured song (live-action): Inspector Gadget Theme (Shuki Levy) (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- November 10, 1989

Episode 51: Adee Don’t/ Karate Koopa
Featured cover song: Kung Fu Fighting (Carl Douglas)
Original Air Date- November 13, 1989

Episode 52: Chippie Chimpmunks/ Mario of the Apes
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 14, 1989

Episode 53: A Basement Divided/ Princess, I Shrunk the Mario Brothers
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 15, 1989

Episode 54: No Way to Treat a Queenie/ Little Red Riding Princess
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 16, 1989

Episode 55: Pizza Crush/ Fairies in the Spring
Featured cover song: N/A (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- November 17, 1989

Episode 56: Goodbye Mr. Fish/ The Provolone Ranger
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 20, 1989

Episode 57: French/ Escape From Koopatraz
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 21, 1989

Episode 58: Two Bums from Brooklyn/ Mario of the Deep
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 22, 1989

Episode 59: Opera/ Flatbush Koopa
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 23, 1989

Episode 60: Tutti Frutti Mario/ The Missing Link
Featured cover song (live-action): Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario (a slightly altered version of Tutti Frutti) (Little Richard) (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- November 24, 1989

Episode 61: Cyrano de Mario/ Raiders of the Lost Mushroom
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 27, 1989

Episode 62: Rowdy Roddy’s Rotten Pipes/ Crocodile Mario
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 28, 1989

Episode 63: Santa Claus Is Coming to Flatbush/ Star Koopa
Featured cover song: N/A
Original Air Date- November 29, 1989

Episode 64: Captain Lou Is Missing/ Robo Koopa
Featured song (live-action): Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
Original Air Date- November 30, 1989

Episode 65: The Ghoul of My Dreams/ The Moblins are Revolting
Featured cover song: N/A (The Legend of Zelda cartoon)
Original Air Date- December 1, 1989

In addition to the cover songs, here’s all of the “previously lost” footage I have obtained and restored. The best available version of the segments was used, in this order: DVD, Hulu/ Netflix, official VHS, then YouTube/ low quality recordings. All PAL sourced footage has been converted to NTSC. Cover songs reinstated from highest quality source available for each episode. Commercial bumpers sourced from Shout! Factory set or recreated for certain episodes. Zelda cartoons sourced from Shout! Factory Zelda set and Mario cartoons (minus the opening theme song) sourced from Ncircle cartoon only box sets. All other footage sourced from NTSC Australian Super Mario Bros. Super Show Collectors Set, unless noted otherwise below.

Restored live-action segments as aired:

Day of the Orphan/ King Mario of Cramalot Every official NTSC disc and streaming source since the initial airing has been from the Family Channel (now called Freeform) airing of the episode, in which there are two additional commercial break fade-outs/ ins on the cartoon, also missing the Legend of Zelda preview, segue to the preview, plus the commercial bumpers, as well as the cover song. The VHS release has everything intact, except the Zelda segue and preview. Presumably because of these Family Channel changes, every NTSC source after the initial airing and VHS release has the episode’s speed slowed-down so that the resulting episode’s length artificially matched it’s original unedited length. Now presented w/ restored “Legend of Zelda” segue, preview and custom-made episode-specific commercial bumpers. Cartoon and live-action segments have been speed corrected and cartoon false fades have been removed and replaced with the correct dissolves (from UK footage). Zelda segue and preview have been recreated from foreign footage found on YouTube combined with DVD sourced footage recreated to match how the episode might have looked when it originally aired in 1989.

Slime Busters (sourced from official US single disc NTSC DVD “Mario Mania”, with recreated episode-specific commercial bumpers; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “The Ringer”, which has been inserted into its proper placement within the episode.)

The Mario Monster Mash/ Rolling Down the River (This episode was not included on the Australian Collector’s Set, so it’s sourced from the Shout! Factory Vol. 1 set.) The cartoon (minus the opening theme) was sourced from Ncircle.

Magic’s Magic (sourced from German PAL DVD, with recreated episode-specific commercial bumpers, English audio and “Until next time” segment sourced from official Kids Klassics VHS and original airing; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “Cold Spells”, which has also been inserted back into its proper positioning within the episode.)

Wild Thing (sourced from official Shout Factory Zelda DVD, now with custom-made episode specific commericial bumpers; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “The White Knight”, which has been moved to its proper position within the episode.)

Mommies Curse (sourced from German PAL DVD, generic commercial bumpers restored, English audio and “Until next time” segment sourced from official Kids Klassics VHS; originally aired with The Legend of Zelda: “Kiss ’N Tell”, which has also been inserted back into its proper positioning within the episode.)

Fred Van Winkle (sourced from official Shout Factory Zelda DVD, now with restored generic commericial bumpers; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “Sing for the Unicorn”, which has been moved to its proper position within the episode.)

Baby Mario Love/ Koopenstein (sourced from Australian official NTSC DVD, generic commercial bumpers restored, cartoon sourced from Shout Factory vol. 2 bonus episodes.)

9001: A Mario Odyssey/ On Her Majesty’s Sewer Service (sourced from Australian official NTSC DVD, generic commercial bumpers restored, cartoon sourced from Shout Factory vol. 2 bonus episodes.)

Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario (TFOM) (sourced from German PAL DVD, English audio and “Until next time” segment sourced from original airing, generic commercial bumpers restored; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “That Sinking Feeling”, which has also been inserted back into its proper positioning within the episode.)

The Magic Love (sourced from German PAL DVD, generic commercial bumpers restored, missing segments not on German DVD sourced from Swedish language original airing, English audio recreated from scratch; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “Doppelganger”, which has also been inserted back into its proper positioning within the episode.)

George Washington Slept Here (sourced from German PAL DVD, Zelda preview taken from Netflix Club Mario segment, recreated with DVD footage, Zelda segue and other missing segments not on German DVD sourced from original airings, generic commercial bumpers restored; originally aired with “The Unzappables”, which was sourced from Shout Factory vol. 2 bonus episodes.)

Defective Gadgetry (sourced from official Shout Factory Zelda DVD, now with restored generic commericial bumpers; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “Underworld Connections”, which has been moved to its proper position within the episode.)

Texas Tea/ The Trojan Koopa (sourced from Australian official NTSC DVD, generic commercial bumpers restored, cartoon sourced from Shout Factory vol. 2 bonus episodes.)

The Great Hereafter (sourced from official Shout Factory Zelda DVD, now with restored generic commericial bumpers; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “Stinging a Stinger”, which has been moved to its proper position within the episode.)

Treasure of the Sierra Brooklyn (sourced from German PAL DVD, generic commercial bumpers restored, English audio restored from a combination of the original airing and some recreated audio, “Until next time” segment sourced from “Defective Gadgetry” DVD footage; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “A Hitch in the Works”, which has also been inserted back into its proper positioning within the episode.)

Pizza Crush (sourced from official Shout Factory Zelda DVD, now with restored generic commericial bumpers; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “Fairies in the Spring”, which has been moved to its proper position within the episode.)

Tutti Frutti Mario (TFM) (recreated using TFOM DVD footage from above, combined with footage from Swedish language original airing, generic commercial bumpers restored, English audio synced and modified from TFOM; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “The Missing Link”, which has also been inserted back into its proper positioning within the episode.)

The Ghoul of My Dreams (sourced from German PAL DVD, English audio and “Until next time” segment sourced from original airing, generic commercial bumpers restored; originally aired with Legend of Zelda: “The Moblins are Revolting”, which has also been inserted back into its proper positioning within the episode.)

Notes:

*Tutti Frutti Mario (TFM) and Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario (TFOM) are basically the same episode, with slight differences, including different title cards and “floating Mario head” transitions. The only source for TFM that was found is a Swedish language episode on YouTube. After combining and recreating footage from both TFM and TFOM, Tutti Frutti Mario should now be very close to the offical English aired version.

When the Super Mario Bros. Super Show was originally aired in the US in syndication in 1989, there would be a commercial bumper each time the show went to or came back from commercials. For the first three weeks the show aired, these bumpers would be episode-specific, using a still frame from the episode in a brick background with custom audio, such as “Don’t change that channel!”. Four of these episode-specific bumpers were missing from every official DVD, so I have made custom commercial bumpers for those episodes. For “Slime Busters” and “Magic’s Magic”, my custom bumpers were made to match the official bumpers found recorded on VHS from original US airings, in DVD quality. Since TV airings of “Day of the Orphan” and “Wild Thing” have not been located, I made new bumpers to match the look and feel of the official bumpers on the Shout Factory DVDs. All of the remaining episodes used “generic” commercial bumpers with a still frame of the opening title sequence. In addition, some episodes had other parts recreated from various sources to match the original airings as closely as possible.

Additional bonus features are all Club Mario segments that have been located. These were made to replace the live-action Mario Bros. Plumbing segments after the inital airings to be more “hip”. Also alternate opening and closing credits for the Captain N and Mario cartoons that were aired together, as well as the Captain and the Video Game Masters/ Mario All-Stars openings and endings for those alternate cable tv-made compilation shows and all of the CD-i cut scenes from the Mario and Zelda games.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3:

Kootie Pie Rocks (restored ending segment shortened on the official Shout Factory DVD)

The Venice Menace/ Super Koopa (restored segments missing from official Shout Factory DVD)

These missing cover songs were also edited back in:

  1. "Mind Your Mummy Mommy, Mario / The Beauty of Kootie"
    Featured cover songs: Wipe Out (The Surfaris) / Slippin’ and Slidin’ (Little Richard)

  2. "Princess Toadstool for President / Never Koop a Koopa"
    Featured cover song (Princess Toadstool for President): Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)

  3. "Reign Storm / Toddler Terrors of Time Travel"
    Featured cover song: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper) / Baby Chase (a slightly altered version of Baby Face) (Jan Garber)

  4. "Do the Koopa / Kootie Pie Rocks"
    Featured songs (not covers) (Kootie Pie Rocks): Blame It on the Rain & Girl You Know It’s True (Milli Vanilli)

Captain N: The Game Master

Kevin In Videoland
Featured cover song: Shakedown

Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain
Featured cover song: White Wedding (played twice)

How’s Bayou
Featured cover song: Born On the Bayou (played twice in version 2)
Two different versions of this episode originally aired on NBC.

Videolympics
Featured cover song: I Got You (I Feel Good) (played twice)
There were at least two different versions of this episode on NBC. Each contained a few shots that the other was missing and vice-versa.

Mega Trouble For Megaland
Featured cover song: Danger Zone

Nightmare On Mother Brain’s Street
Featured cover song: “Bonanza” Theme

Three Men and a Dragon
Featured cover song: Isn’t She Lovely

Wishful Thinking
Featured cover song: Shakedown

The Most Dangerous Game Master
Featured cover song: Thriller

In Search of the King
Featured cover song: Dancing With Myself

Happy Birthday, Megaman
Featured cover songs: Danger Zone (slow version) and Shake It Up

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I have the 3 disc Zelda set. Only about 4 of the episodes have the live action segments. According to IMDB, some of the music was changed for one of the Mario shows, I don't know. I had the Kount Koopula vhs tape but can't find it. I really don't know anything about the Captain N show.

Take back the trilogy. Execute Order '77

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I can't recall the source, but I've heard the Zelda episodes mostly had recycled Super Show live action bumpers upon them. Maybe this was answered over in the Shout Factory forums?
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I remember watching The Super Mario Bros. Super Show in first-run syndication when I got off school and watching Captain N on NBC Saturdays.

The Zelda episodes were shown Fridays in place of the Mario cartoons in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show. They were never before seen episodes that only aired with these Zelda cartoons.

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The Captain N DVD set is uncut, but the first season doesn't have the popular '80s music covers in it.
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We should try to correct altered episodes, making/turning them (into ) uncut versions. As well as preserve anything else that may need preserving!!!!!!
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I was going to start a thread about this very topic. This would be a great preservation effort.

FE<3OT

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I have some old avi's of the zelda series, I'll check to see if they have the live action bits.

FE<3OT

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I have all the Captain N eps downloaded with the original music intact. The quality is a little iffy in some eps though
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How's the sound?

Perhaps, though, if the sound's not good enough, it could be combined with other material to get a better quality? e.g. the original song used, the edited audio track. Any rate, the video wouldn't really be necessary if it's untouched on DVD.

"Right now the coffees are doing their final work." (Airi, Masked Rider Den-o episode 1)

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The sound is pretty decent on most episodes I'd say, but I have no idea how to extract the audio and edit it with the DVD versions. While I understand the licensing issues that made using the songs too costly on the DVDs, I really think it took away from some of the show's charm.
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I suppose if I had the DVDs and the AVIs, I could probably pull it off... :/

"Right now the coffees are doing their final work." (Airi, Masked Rider Den-o episode 1)

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I could try and send you the episodes if your interested Molly, some are AVI, some are MPG and some are in FLV but all contain the original music. I'd love to find that episode of Mario with the song "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis.
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If it's the original I can always spruce up the audio a bit. I do have "The Power Of Love" in an mp3 here.

"Right now the coffees are doing their final work." (Airi, Masked Rider Den-o episode 1)

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So.. has anyone made any progress on this?

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First post updated with all of the missing footage I know of. I will attempt going thru my old recordings on VHS to see what I can find.

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I own all of the Shout Factory Nintendo cartoons on DVD (SMB SS vol 1 and 2, SMB3, Zelda, Captain N and the New Super Mario World and Captain N: The Complete Series.)

All of these Shout Factory releases are now OOP, and the newer Mario and Zelda releases are not complete (no live action, for example). I’m pretty sure that there are no currently available Captain N DVDs that are not out of print.

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marioxb said:

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My question is, what is the site's policy on OOP releases? Can these be copied/ distributed, since the no one (except the seller) would make any money on my buying an OOP release?

No, we don't allow discussion about distributing copies of OOP releases on this forum. This is because in these cases it is possible to purchase a legitimate original DVD (through eBay, etc.)

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Makes sence. I will try to be more careful when buying one from eBay or Amazon next time so I don't end up with bootlegs again! The seller had 100% positive feedback, so hmm..

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A Captain N project that manages to patch in the proper music/video for certain altered episodes, however, would be most welcomed as a custom DVD.  Here's hoping you were looking at doing that!

I think that release would only be acceptable if it was strictly the affected episodes, however.

A Goon in a Gaggle of 'em

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That was the plan, yes. Also for the Mario and Zelda shows as well. To restore all the missing/ changed audio and video.

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I have all the Captain N episodes, original songs intact. Unfortunately they were all downloaded so the quality will not be all that great. I also have two versions of "How's Bayou"

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Thanks. That would be very helpful.

What would be super helpful as well is if someone had the missing live action Mario segments, The Magic Love and Treasure of the Sierra Brooklyn. I have on Treasure on VHS, but it’s missing the last minute or two… so a complete version would be nice, or just the second half.

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Unfortunately I'm without the live action segments, but to have the complete run of Captain Lou's episodes would be a great nostalgic treat!

I can have the Captain N episodes transferred to a location in the next few days and PM you the link