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Nicktoons Unite!

General Information
Developer: Blue Tongue Entertainment, Climax Group
Publisher: THQ
Designer: Trevor Gamon, Mare Chaffe
Released: PlayStation 2/Game Boy Advance/GameCube
NA: October 26, 2005
PAL: March 3, 2006
Nintendo DS
NA: January 10, 2006
PAL: March 3, 2006
Genre: Adventure
Modes: Single Player, Multiplayer
Ratings: Everyone
Platforms: GameCube
PS2
GBA
DS
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Nicktoons Unite!, also known as SpongeBob SquarePants and Friends: Unite!, is a 2005 video game featuring characters and levels from SpongeBob SquarePants, Danny Phantom, The Fairly OddParents, and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. It was spawned three sequels entitled Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, and SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom and Tom Kenny, David Kaufman, Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Susanne Blakeslee and Debi Derryberry reprise their roles from the TV series.

Plot

One morning, when SpongeBob goes out of his house, he sees that Plankton has taken over Bikini Bottom and used multiple tank-like vacuums to suck all the town's civilians. He sees Goddard coming out through a portal and receives a message from Jimmy. He follows Goddard through the portal to Jimmy's lab and meets Jimmy Neutron, Danny, and Timmy. Jimmy tells his interdimensional guests about his new invention, the Universe Portal Machine. As he says, it allows people to travel to other worlds. But Prof. Calamitous has been spying on him, stole his idea and created his own Portal Machine. With it, he brought Plankton, Vlad Plasmius, and Mr. Crocker to his dimension. They formed a syndicate and proceed to steal energy from all the worlds. Since our heroes don't know where Calamitous' lair is, they start with saving all of their worlds first.

They go to Amity Park first and find Vlad. Vlad reveals that he uses his ghost-portal to steal ghost energy from the Ghost Zone. Vlad has also captured Danny's parents. Then, he sends the heroes to the Ghost Zone Prison. The Nicktoons survive in the prison, and defeat Walker. They break out of the prison through a portal and end up in Fenton Works. They see many Amity Park civilians possessed by ghosts, but manage to push them out. The Nicktoons go to the Amity Park Graveyard, which is a shortcut to Plasmius' castle. When they go in, Jimmy realizes that there are generators that help Vlad keep the portal open. They find the generators, and destroy them, shutting off the portal. When they find Vlad, the Nicktoons defeat him and save Jack and Maddie Fenton without them noticing the Nicktoons. They also find out that the Syndicate is building something.

Next, our heroes go to Bikini Bottom to fight Plankton. They meet Sandy, and follow her to The Krusty Krab. Sandy tells the Nicktoons that they should find some guards which should help them find Plankton and the Jellyfish Factory. Fortunately, they found the guards. Sandy then explains that Plankton uses the harvesters capture various Jellyfish, and is extracting power from their sting in the factory. Plankton also captured Mr. Krabs. Sandy told the Nicktoons that they must go into the Jellyfish Factory and free all the Jellyfish. After Timmy asked if they have any secret agents (since he thought that it's like a spy movie), Sandy said that they have an agent in Jellyfish Fields, who reveals to be Patrick, but he's been captured by a Jellyfish harvester. After destroying all the harvesters, the Nicktoons go to the factory, but during the journey, they find themselves on the Flying Dutchman's ship and the Flying Dutchman is going to make them his new crew for all eternity. Luckily, the Dutchman frees them after they bring back his old crew. When the Nicktoons arrive to the Chum Bucket, they free Patrick and all the Jellyfish by opening the emergency vents. Later, they went up to the top of the Chum Bucket, they beat Plankton and rescue Mr. Krabs. The Nicktoons find out that the villains are extracting energy for a Doomsday Device.

In Dimmsdale, the Nicktoons see Crocker has made the fortress made of gold. They also find a rainbow of pure Fairy Magic from the Fairy World that is ending there, so they go in. After they re-activate the prisms, they get transported to Fairy World, where they meet Jorgen Von Strangle. Jorgen explains that Crocker is extracting the magic from the Big Wand to feed the Doomsday Machine. After freeing the fairies, they go to The Big Wand, where they defeat Crocker. Danny figured out that every time they beat their enemies, they're running away, which was a part of a plan.

Finally, the Nicktoons return to Retroville, where Jimmy finds Cindy in his lab and he also receives a message from Calamitous that they've almost finished the Doomsday Machine and the Nicktoons can't stop them. After SpongeBob notices that Goddard has fleas, Jimmy says that Goddard doesn't get the fleas. Then, he figured out how Calamitous could spy on him; he was using a flea-bot inside Goddard. So the Nicktoons shrink themselves down and go to Goddard's stomach. They beat a lot of mini flea-bots throughout Goddard, and Danny, Timmy and SpongeBob gain Goddard's trust. They go to Goddard's head and beat the giant flea-bot. Jimmy used the flea-bot's circuitry and locate Calamitous' secret lair, which is situated under an old warehouse. When they get to Calamitous' Doomsday lab, they find The Syndicate in a wheel-like machine which shields them. They beat the Syndicate but they see that the Doomsday Device is still counting down to destroy the universe and it can't be stopped. Luckily, SpongeBob unplugs the Doomsday Machine and saves the universe.

After putting Calamitous and Plankton in jail, the Nicktoons said themselves goodbye, but before they went, Jimmy gave them the Neutronic Recallers in case of another event like this. SpongeBob said that Jimmy can visit him any time he likes, but then he said he should get going, so he won't be charged by Mr. Krabs for wasting his time (even though SpongeBob and the others saved his life), Danny gave Jimmy a copy of the Fenton Thermos (since the copy Thermos had Vlad trapped inside, Danny used Jimmy's Matter Duplicator to make a copy), then Timmy thanked Jimmy for lending him his Hyper-Cube for holding Crocker until Timmy and his fairies get back to Dimmsdale. After this, Jimmy says a familiar line: "Cindy, get out of my lab!".

Gameplay

In the console versions, a player can play by him/herself with three CPU's, or have up to three friends play along. In single player, the person playing can switch between the four characters at any time in the game by using the Directional Pad (that little pad thing that looks like a plus(+) sign that's either over the left analog stick for the PS2 controller, or under the grey Control Stick on the GameCube controller). Every character's health and Special Ability Power (SAP) is represented by the two combined arrow-point shaped bars near the character's face icon on the bottom left corner of the screen. In single player, depending on where the arrow is pointing, that's the direction to push on the D-pad to switch to the corresponding character. The green bar represents health, the purple means SAP. A character's health lowers when they take damage from things such as enemies. When a character's health lowers to an especially low degree, the character says they need help, and the character's face icon changes to a more worried and tired icon that flashes red. If a character's health depletes completely, then that character dies, not effecting the rest of them, but costing that character a life. If a single character lose all their lives, the player gets a game over, because all the levels in the game have sections that require the now dead character's special powers. More health can be earned by picking up the green orbs of it that enemies drop when the player(s) defeat(s) them. There are certain tasks that only a certain character can do, and performing these special abilities will deplete the character's SAP meter. For example, SpongeBob is needed to use Bubble Bombs to blow up seemingly breakable walls and pillars, Danny is needed to use Ghostly Wail to shatter glass, Timmy is needed to use Freeze Glove to freeze water instantaneously, and Jimmy has to shoot down objects with Neutron Flare. If a character completely depletes their SAP, they can no longer perform that ability (or the rest of their special abilities) until more SAP gradually comes back over time, or the player collects the purple orbs of it enemies drop when they're defeated, exactly like how recovering life works. There are two kinds of fighters to play as. SpongeBob and Danny both use their hands to attack, while Timmy and Jimmy send out projectiles. SpongeBob and Danny are better for defeating enemies faster because they both use close-quarters combat, but are more likely to get hit if there's a large crowd of enemies. And while Jimmy and Timmy use projectiles so they can damage enemies from a farther distance allowing them to stay out of range from enemy attacks, it will most likely take longer to kill them due to the projectiles lack of strength and speed.

Goddard can be found in all four worlds so he can upgrade the players weapons and abilities.

Bonuses

In console version these bonuses can be unlocked by saving Tak: The Great Juju Challenge, SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!, and Barnyard.

Trivia

  • Squidward was the only main character not to appear in this video game.

Timeline

  • This takes place in June, possibly on June 14th or earlier. This was revealed when SpongeBob thought it was his birthday when the heroes got to SpongeBob's world. When Sandy arrived she told him that his birthday wasn't for another month. SpongeBob's birthday, as revealed on several of his licences, is July 14th.
  • This takes place after the episode Band Geeks, as evidenced by the fact that Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, Sandy, Plankton, and Patrick had never seen a human before this episode, as referenced when Patrick said "These are some oddly looking fish." and SpongeBob saying "Maybe we're in one of those toxic waste dumps."
  • This takes place after the Jimmy Nuetron and Fairly OddParents crossover, Jimmy Timmy Power Hour. As referenced by Jimmy and Timmy's knowlege of each other. As well as Jimmy's knowlege of Cosmo and Wanda. Also, Jimmy refers to Fairy World magic as "the power source from the game". Cindy also met Timmy in that episode, which is referenced at the end of the game.
    • It might also take place after Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide! because in that episode Mr. Crocker and Professor Calamitous had no interaction with each other after Professor Calamitous hit the "Welcome to Dimmsdale" sign when Mr. Crocker was putting up his birthday sign.
  • This takes place after Jimmy Nuetron's Professor Calamitous, I Presume, and Danny Phantom's Bitter Reunions. As these we're the two episodes that Jimmy met Calamitous and Danny met Vlad.
  • This takes place after Help Wanted because SpongeBob knows Mr. Krabs.
  • This takes place after Tea at the Treedome because SpongeBob knows Sandy.
  • This takes place after Scaredy Pants because SpongeBob knows the Flying Dutchman.
    • This also most likely takes place after Shanghaied because it seems like the Flying Duthman knows him more and is also afraid of him and SpongeBob seems familiar with the Duthman's ship.
  • This takes place after the Fairly OddParents' That Old Black Magic because Timmy has been to Fairy World.
  • This takes place after Fairly OddParents' Inspection Detection because Timmy knows Jorgen.
  • This takes place after the Oh Yeah Cartoons! short/Fairly OddParents' pilot, The Fairly OddParents! because Timmy knows Cosmo and Wanda.
  • This takes place before or after Fairly OddParents' Abra-Catastrophe! because the exterior of Crocker's fortress looks similar to his fortress in that episode.
  • This takes place after Danny Phantom's One of a Kind because that is the episode where Danny met the Box Ghost and Skulker. (Skulker appeared in the episode below.)
  • This takes place after Danny Phantom's Prisoners of Love because that is the episode where Danny met Walker. He has also been to the Ghost Zone Prison before in that episode.
    • Because of that episode, this game is also after the episode Mystery Meat because that is the episode Danny met The Lunch Lady Ghost and she was in Prisoners of Love. Same with the episodes What you Want, Attack of the Killer Garage Sale, and Parental Bonding with the characters Desiree, Technus, and Princess Dorathea.
  • This takes place after Frankendoodle because that is the episode where SpongeBob met Doodlebob, which is used as an attack in the game.
  • This takes place before Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, and SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom. This is known because in Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island, Danny, SpongeBob, Sandy, Sam, Jimmy, Cosmo, Wanda, Timmy, and Patrick know each other and Plankton's giant green crab suit was seen crashed on Volcano Island. In Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, Danny, SpongeBob, Jimmy, Cosmo, Wanda, Timmy, and Patrick know each other and when Patrick, SpongeBob, and Tak get to Jimmy, SpongeBob says "look! It's Jimmy Neutron!" and Tak says "Jimmy who-tron?" and Patrick responds "Oh, he's a friend of ours. We go way back.", referencing the past two games. In SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom, Danny, Tak, Plankton, SpongeBob, Patrick, and the Wise Old Crab knew each other (except for the Wise Old Crab with Plankton and Tak and Tak with Plankton) and SpongeBob calls them the "Evil Syndicate", which the only other time they were called this was in Nicktoons Unite!.
  • This takes place before both Fairly Odd Baby and Fairly OddPet because both Poof and Sparky are not around with Timmy.
  • This game may be before Wishing You Well because in the "Down the Well" song, at one point SpongeBob was acting like a fairy, but in this game he asks "What's a fairy?". 
  • In real life, this game was released for the Game Cube and Play Station 2 in North America between the American premiere dates of Patrick SmartPants and SquidBob TentaclePants. It was released on DS between the American premiere dates of Have You Seen This Snail? and Dunces and Dragons. It was released in the PAL area between the American premiere dates of Dunces and Dragons and Krusty Towers/Mrs. Puff, You're Fired.

Errors

  • Jimmy Nuetron refers to Cosmo and Wanda as Timmy's "Holograms", even though by the end of Jimmy Timmy Power Hour, he called them "Reality-bending Computer Programs".

External links

Video games (VTE)

Themed
SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantisBattle for Bikini BottomBeach Party Cook-OffCreature from the Krusty KrabDrawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants EditionEmployee of the MonthLegend of the Lost SpatulaLights, Camera, Pants!Operation Krabby PattyRevenge of the Flying DutchmanSpongeBob SquigglePantsSpongeBob's Boating BashSpongeBob's Truth or SquareSuperSpongeSurf and Skate RoadtripThe SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: The Video GameThe Yellow Avenger

Crossover
Attack of the ToybotsBattle for Volcano IslandGlobs of DoomNickelodeon Party BlastNickelodeon Toon Twister 3-DNicktoons BasketballNicktoons Freeze Frame FrenzyNicktoons MLBNicktoons Movin'Nicktoons RacingNicktoons Unite!Nicktoons Winners Cup Racing

Other
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