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Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion is a 2.5D platforming fighting game developed by Papaya and published by Crave for the Nintendo 3DS on June 2, 2011 (in North America) and November 18, 2011 (in Europe).

The fifth crossover game featuring characters and settings from numerous 1990's and 2000's animated series that aired on the Cartoon Network TV channel (including newer shows like Ben 10 and older shows like The Powerpuff Girls), Punch Time Explosion is a multiplayer fighting game in the style of the Super Smash Bros. series (where players try to knock each other's characters out of multi-tiered 2D stages).

The game's main story involves every Cartoon Network show (as separate dimensions) being invaded by villains of other shows, watched on TV (with constant fourth-wall breaking narration) by the Cartoon Network announcer (voiced by George Lowe, better known for his voice of Space Ghost) on his day off.

It was later ported to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii on November 18, 2011 (in North America) and May 18, 2012 as Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL, adding new unlockable characters, stages, and gameplay modes while redoing some character voices (with some characters using their original voice actors, rather than stand-ins) and updating the game's Story Mode.

Characters

The original version of the game includes eight playable characters from the start and ten unlockable characters (for a total of 18 playable characters). The updated XL version adds eight bonus unlockable characters (for a grand total of 26 playable characters).

The roster is made up of characters from different animated series that aired on Cartoon Network, including Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Codename: Kids Next Door, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.

The method of unlocking characters differs between the 3DS and XL versions, with the 3DS version requiring playing Battle Mode and the XL version requiring either buying from the in-game store or reaching certain points in Story Mode.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

Playable

Assists

Chowder

Playable

Assists

  • Gazpacho
  • Shnitzel
  • Mung Daal (XL version only)
  • Panini (XL version only)

Codename: Kids Next Door

Playable

Assists

Dexter's Laboratory

Playable

Assists

Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends

Playable

  • Mac and Bloo

Assists

  • Cheese
  • Coco
  • Eduardo
  • Madame Foster (XL version only)

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

Playable

Assists

The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack

Playable

Assists

The Powerpuff Girls

Playable

Assists

Samurai Jack

Playable

Assists

  • Aku (3DS version only)

Other

Playable

Assists

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