If you’re a gamer with access to a Netflix account, you’ve surely seen or at least heard about one of the many animated series based on video game franchises. I watched every episode of Castlevania and Dota: Dragonborn with my husband Neal. Both series are phenomenal by the way. Even if you are new to Netflix animated series, you need to know about the long term Pokemon Cartoon. And yes, they still make new ones Pokemon episodes. The first episodes of season 25 will be released on Netflix this October.
The sheer number of movies, animated shows, and anime based on video games is staggering. The curated lists on Wikipedia give me a headache! My childhood was full of Pokemon and Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons. I never stopped thinking that there were animated shows and anime that preceded these two series. Turns out the 80s had shows based on Pac Man, Donkey Kong, frog, The Legend of Zeldaand Super Mario Bros. Even shows based on street fighter and Mortal Kombat older Pokemon.
While movies in the ’80s only presented video games as central plot points, the ’90s saw movies based on actual video games. Half a dozen live-action titles have been released in English, including films based on Super Mario, street fighterand Mortal Kombat. The late 90’s also brought us the first two Pokemon Animated films (although we had to wait until mid-2000 for the North American release of the second Pokemon Movie).
I’ve long heard critics claim that video game based movies are typically bombs. (Although this may no longer be the case since the Sonic the Hedgehog The sequel rocked the box office and received great reviews.) However, it seems that anime and animated series based on video games generally get more praise. I’ve only seen two movies based on video games that I can remember, aside from Grave robbers Series I watched as a kid and these are Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog Movie. Both were nice family-friendly films, but nothing overly spectacular. On the other hand, I was obsessed with the Castlevania and Dota: Dragonborn Series. Even weeks after devouring both series, I was still pondering the character arcs and intriguing plot points.
A key difference between movies and anime/animated series based on video games is that the animated series Castlevania and Dota: Dragonborn actually made me want to play the video games they are based on. I know I can’t be the only one who felt compelled to play one Castlevania Play after watching the animated show because Konami is the developer behind it Castlevania, released two collection sets after the Netflix show gained popularity. Other video games are also growing in popularity following screen adaptation.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunner was released on Netflix just this month, and fans are noticing a big increase in numbers Cyberpunk 2077 Players on Steam. SteamDB reveals that the current number of concurrent players on Steam is the highest since the game launched, with a million players suddenly checking back into the game after watching the show. Although dota There was no increase in players in response to the Netflix show, however, the main character continued to gain popularity. It’s worth noting that dotas The popularity is such that the Netflix show would probably make a marginal difference at best given it’s currently Season 2nd most popular game on steam and the 4thth most popular of all time.
The idea that movies, anime, and animated series are used to boost video game popularity shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. After all, it seems to be the driving factor behind the long run Pokemon animated series and films, with the plot constantly coinciding with video game releases. And of all video game screen adaptations, The Pokémon Company does it best. That Pokemon Animated series is reportedly the most popular video game adaptation of all time. Additionally, Pokemon is the third highest-grossing video game franchise and highest-grossing media franchise of all time. As a result, Pokemon is considered the gold standard for video game adaptations.
Despite the decades-long trend of video game adaptations, the trend seems to have increased in recent years. Over two dozen upcoming movies have been announced, and some of the announcements are mind-blowing. A Sony subsidiary is making a film based on that just dance video game. Two films based on Tom Clancy video games are also being produced. There are currently 5 different shows based on video games running on Netflix alone, and nearly a dozen more shows have been announced on various streaming platforms. The most surprising of these (at least to me) is that Disney+ is working on one Kingdom Hearts Show. It’s worth noting that some of these announcements are quite outdated. That just dance The film is slated to be in the works in 2019, and I’m just hearing about it as I’m researching for this column. Despite this, the recently increasing trends in video game adaptation have attracted the attention of both the entertainment and gaming communities.
Let me know in the comments if you picked up a video game after seeing a movie or animated series based on it. Or, conversely, let me know if you’re excited about an upcoming adaptation of a video game you enjoy. Until next time, keep cool, be you. Goodbye!