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April 16, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Teen Titans Go has an 8-bit episode on Cartoon Network with a great Spy Hunter segment

I have to say that the Cartoon Network has really grown on me. There's a core set of shows keep getting better. From Staples like Adventure Time and Regular Show to newer shows like AMazing World of Gumball, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence, the plots stay inventive and these shows appeal to my sense of "bizarre".

Teen Titans in 8-bit games Nearly any successful show on Cartoon Network has a series of online and mobile games for each show. The CN site is literally littered with online games. It doesn't seem that long ago that such sites offered wallpaper and screen savers. Now it's all about gaming. The large number of such games suggests it's both profitable and gets the word out about the shows. I wonder if that translates into better TV ad rates.

My son and I began watching the Teen Titans TV series that ran between 2003 and 2006. The latter re-booted comedy version that began in 2013 has won us over and tonight they had a great episode, Video Game References. In a Nintendo-like 8-bit tribute each titan entered an 8-bit world of cool pixel art! They even showed Robin blowing on a cart to make it work - lol.

They went with the traditional Mario and Zelda themes, but also featured Beast Boy in Frogger and Cyborg was inside Spy Hunter. Spy Hunter! How cool is that!?! I have to give credit to whoever enabled Cyborg to seek pies inside this Playtronic creation.

Teen Titans' cyborg in Spy Hunter The Teen Titans themselves appeared in a video game for the Game Boy Advance and another title appearing on the PS2, GameCube, and Xbox. Some of the most popular CN shows have also earned console game releases while others have received the less-risky online/mobile treatment. Alas, none of the Teen Titan games were met with any critical acclaim. Having played the GameCube version, I can see why.

Regardless, I was pretty stoked to see the Titans in 8-bit pixel art, especially the Spy Hunter segment.

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