Studio behind the Super Mario movie makes absurd claim that the games have a "thin" plot

At the very beginning of this year, Nintendo confirmed that it was working with Illumination Entertainment—the animation studio responsible for Despicable Me and the Minions—to develop an animated Super Mario movie, with Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto on board as…

Somewhere in the Super Mario Bros. movie is a vision that’s weird enough to work

It’s a miracle the Super Mario Bros. movie is as barely coherent as it is. That much is clear from reading the many interviews and in-depth reports about its nightmarish production that have been published in the 25 years since it hit theaters. As they tell it, the husband and wife directing duo of Annabel Jankel and…

At least the cast of the Super Mario Bros. movie was high most of the time

There’s been no shortage of digital ink spilled—from this site, especially— on the shitshow that was the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie, which, for most 30-somethings, holds the unique distinction of having taught their entire generation that movies could be bad. This new deep dive into the film’s troubled production…

Making the case for Super Mario Bros. as a surrealist masterpiece

Making the argument that a video game contains some surreal elements may seem like a no-brainer. After all, the majority of video games take place in worlds that look nothing like our own and give players abilities that have little connection to the “real.” But when it comes to the Super Mario Bros. franchise, surreal…

Watch Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto explain the basics of video game design

Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the most famous names in video game design. And even casual gamers who don’t recognize him by name are probably familiar with his work. He’s the man behind everything from Donkey Kong to Super Mario Bros. to The Legend Of Zelda. And he also helped design the Nintendo controllers that defined…

Proof that even a hamster can finish the first level of Super Mario Bros.

It looks like coercing cute animals into playing real-life versions of classic 1980s video games is officially a “thing” now. And why shouldn’t it be? Just last week, the internet gods gave the world a Jack Russell terrier named Twinkie playing Pac-Man. And now? Well, now there’s a Djungarian hamster playing Super…

Nintendo’s next assault on nostalgia is a mini-NES with 30 built-in games

Believe it or not, you can still play video games without going outside and risking getting mugged or finding a corpse. Even though it helped usher in our new, terrifying age of active gaming, Nintendo’s next big nostalgia play is bringing games back to their roots: something you do while staring at a TV and pressing…

Defeat the Donald and make video games great again with Trumptendo

Some of us are still holding out, but the writing’s on the wall. Donald Trump is going to be our next president (at least until he assumes the title of “Generalissimo Para La Vida”). That means that we could soon be getting tax breaks for ordering Trump Steaks. The Donald’s megalomaniacal vision and over-the-top…

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