For the most part, the cartoons served up to British kids in the 80s and 90s were always either quirky, re-dubbed European fare (Dogtanian et al), cheap and cheerful American toy ads like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, or low-fi British efforts, such as Rhubarb & Custard.
Indeed, the few game-based cartoons we received were firmly in that middle category. It's worth noting that for every Pokemon or Super Mario Bros. Super Show, there were ten terrible, terrible, terrible video game-based cartoons. And - ohhhh! - here are ten of them right now!