Tanooki Joe’s Twitter account has drawn the attention of all videogame fans to a collection of promotional images from Nintendo’s animated series that never aired, and that featured ideas as bizarre as Metroid with a protagonist Male or Castlevania turned into a humorous adventure in the style of Scooby-Doo.
These materials have appeared in an auction organized by a former employee of DIC Animation, a study that during the 80s carried out a promotion of four series of animation that did not get to enter in phase of production. The four series are included within a proposal called Super Mario Bros. Power Hour, which could be related to the famous television show The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! that was aired in 1989, also performed by DIC.
In addition to Metroid and Castlevania, Double Dragon could have had its animated adaptation, along with the idea of creating a California Games series, a sports game developed that included versions of popular activities in California such as surfing, skating, cycling or frisbee launching.
It is not clear why these series did not reach their production phase. Perhaps, as some users indicated in the comments to the original message, Nintendo did not give up the licenses. Interestingly, DIC would later make different series using the Nintendo characters, such as several television programs that supported the launch of Super Mario World, or the strange Captain N: The Game Master, in which the protagonist used the command and the Zapper of the mythical NES in his adventures in the world of video games.
Holy shit. Someone just put up promo art for The Super Mario Bros Power Hour on eBay! These were concepts for other video game based cartoons to run along side Super Mario Bros 3. None of these ever got past the concept phase. pic.twitter.com/eIFft21T3u
— Tanooki Joe™️ (@TanookiKuribo) May 7, 2019