Super Mario Bros The Movie – Review

Mike Matei / May 28th, 2013

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  • May 28, 2013 at 12:04 am

    It finally happened…

    • Simon Belmont111

      May 28, 2013 at 12:08 am

      Always wanted to do this: SECOND!

    • May 28, 2013 at 7:23 am

      I didn’t think it was needed because NC did something on it. But hey, I guess everything needs different views on it (no matter how similar they may be).

      • Silver Forte

        May 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        It was needed. Some of us don’t like listening to a grown man screech into the microphone in place of being entertaining.

      • May 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm

        I HATE everything with NC and his group of copycats and wannabes. AVGN is the original, and much much more professional.

      • Michael Long

        May 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

        So you’re saying anyone who’s gimmick is always being angry is immediately a copycat of AVGN? So Lewis Black? He’s a rip-off of AVGN? BOTH of them are always, “screeching into the microphone”. They’re both always yelling and angry. THAT’S THEIR THING. I like both of them, but don’t immediately call Critic an AVGN copycat because his thing is being angry. You’re just going to start another IG war, and do we really want that?

      • Michael Long

        May 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        P.S. Yeah, AVGN is more professional… which is why he resorts to crapping on games. I’m not trying to say I don’t like AVGN, just don’t make dumb comments like that.

      • net_rogue

        May 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        This is James Rolfe doing a review, not his character The Angry Video Game Nerd. There’s nothing gimmick about this review – it’s straight up his personal opinion.

      • Michael Long

        May 29, 2013 at 12:02 am

        I’m talking about how he said AVGN is more professional. I’m not talking about James OOC. CITO said that he hates NC and his site for being “copycats” and that AVGN is more professional.

      • May 29, 2013 at 12:30 am

        he is more pro in this one. he can give a legit review without resorting to some gimmick schtick like tgwtg has to. James knows his shit 😛

      • Wendy

        May 29, 2013 at 5:11 am

        To be completely honest, I’m glad that James decided to review this. It’s nice getting his perspective on it. I’ve seen NC’s review on it as well, but the “movie review” thing in a goofy way is NC’s style. James’ way to review movies is more on a…casual level, maybe? His “goofy way” is when he rips on bad games. Personally, I like how James reviews movies.

      • IbanezJFS

        May 31, 2013 at 1:37 pm

        Yeah but can you really take most of NC reviews that serious? Most of the time he’s just making jokes and in that review he took a ton of things out of context just for comic relief. Like them being bros. as well as father and son. It’s common in stories for the older sibling to look after the younger when the parents are out of the picture. Or in the police station when his name is revealed, it wasn’t an Abbot & Costello routine but through editing he turned it into one. So I don’t know if you can call his review an actual review.

      • The Kaleidoscopic God

        August 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        What, only one person should review any given thing? Like calling dibs? Do also take into account that not everyone watches NC. But you may speak entirely for yourself, and forgive me if you aren’t saying “Why does this exist? NC already did it”.

      • Sammy Schitz

        May 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        So, what you’re saying is, MSNBC shouldn’t report on the news because CNN already reports on the news? James has a right to have fans and the so does NC, and no one has a right to say what either of them can or can’t do videos on. Classic Simpsons-did-it-first syndrome.

    • May 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      james i know that you don’t like the 1998 version of godzilla, but you got to give it credit, most of the monster movies out there today are complete crap, the 1998 godzilla at least tried to make it good

      • May 30, 2013 at 12:11 am

        No, it really didn’t.

        When I think of “complete crap” monster movies, fake Godzilla springs immediately to mind.

      • Harley Jackson

        May 30, 2013 at 3:55 am

        The only reason they made it was to capitalize on the name. If anything, it was more like “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” than “Gojira (Godzilla).” That’s why they’re remaking it a second time using the true G-man. It comes out next June. The trailer was so fuckin’ dark (in the Christopher Nolan Batman kinda way)! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a trailer that scary before (It was only shown at Comic-Con 2012)!

      • Harley Jackson

        May 30, 2013 at 4:02 am

        Ironic, isn’t it? King Kong gets remade, the remake fell short of the original, so they remade it again more properly years later. Now, the same is happening to good ol’ Godzilla. I guess the rivalry will never die. The legacy continues. The fire burns. Who will win the remake wars (My vote is Godzilla)? I want to know what James’ take is on the new remake. I bet it’ll blow us all out of the water. From what I saw, I expect nothing short of amazing.

      • Harley Jackson

        May 30, 2013 at 4:07 am

        It’s being produced by Legendary Pictures & Toho Productions, and is being directed by Gareth Edwards, who did both “Monsters” & “Pacific Rim.” This is gonna ROCK!!! Quick date change: It should be released May 16, 2014. It even has a cameo by Akira Takarada, who played Ogata, the main character of the Japanese version of the 1954 film! SWEEEEETTTT!

      • jtmcbath

        May 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Um… there are monster movies today that are pretty good, even back in 98′ when the film was released Toho was still making monster movies. Grant it yes, there were very few American monster movies released in mainstream cinema. The 98′ Godzilla movie consist of poor CG, a cast of Simpsons voice actors, Matthew Broderick, a bad script and some of the worst pseudo-science ever put on screen.

      • Do_You_Really_Care_About_Me

        June 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        You are going to burn in Hell for saying that. Godzilla 1998 is an abomination to mankind, you should feel ashamed of yourself.

      • June 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

        Pacific Rim is directed by Guillermo Del Toro.

      • Do_You_Really_Care_About_Me

        June 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        I hope your family gets killed, any pets you have get skinned alive, and then you get raped, nailed to a cross, and burned alive. That will teach you for liking 1998.

      • February 13, 2014 at 6:21 am

        I still think the 1998 Godzilla film is good.. Iwatched it in theaters back in the 90’s and liekd it… i still watch once in a while and like it.. it never seems bad to me.. i love the Japanese Godzilla movies for all their cheesiness, but the 1998 Godzilla movie is still a film that I consider a cult classic

      • KullConqueror7

        March 22, 2014 at 2:56 am

        The 1998 Godzilla is probably just as mediocre as Super Mario Bros. I like Godzilla Movies. But i don’t see most of them as Masterpiece of Cinema and i Dont find Godzilla to be some complex character either.

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  • jose escobar

    May 28, 2013 at 12:15 am

    about dam time, heating up the popcorn before I watch!!

  • May 28, 2013 at 12:19 am

    It’s kind of funny…
    I don’t hate this movie. I actually enjoy it when I watch it. There’s a good bit of humor in it, even if the plot is absolutely horrible. When the two brothers get their brain size increased and become smarter is actually quite hilarious when the dialogue begins for the scene.

  • May 28, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I would buy a game based on this movie if they made it now.

    • July 3, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Some dedicated group of fans on the “SMB Film Fans” forum were working on such a thing some time ago. The thread about it was pretty in-depth…As I recall, it was like a side-scrolling RPG with some action elements.

      In fact, I remember suggesting, when I posted to that forum, that the Stomper Boots should have a “rocketman”-like mechanic where you have to set the angle and thrust of the jump.

  • May 28, 2013 at 12:47 am

    YES! So excited for this. For some reason the videos of James in the video store seem to be some of my favorites.

    • Wendy

      May 29, 2013 at 5:13 am

      I agree. Even though I like his AVGN gimmick (sometimes…I really hate the crapping type stuff), I really enjoy videos he does where he’s just himself. James. I love his countdowns and his reviews where we’re seeing him give his opinion on things. No gimmicks thrown in.

  • May 28, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I like how you said that this movie was just like the 1998 Zilla movie in that it didn’t have anything to do with the source material.

  • Fabian Kohen

    May 28, 2013 at 12:49 am

    The movie was not as bad as everyone made it out to be. I watched this in theaters back in ’93 when I was 7. It was fun to watch. I believe that they used dinosaurs a lot because Super Mario World was still kind of new and it takes place in Dinosaur Land. I think the boots were based off of the boot power from Mario Bros. 3. I still enjoy it today.

    • May 28, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Damn, how I HATE this piece of shit movie! One of the worst disappointments of my life. Far worse than Street Fighter and Turtles 3 together!

      • Wendy

        May 29, 2013 at 5:20 am

        Oh god! Street Fighter, how could I forget! That was a horrible movie! lol Terrible adaptation! Turtles 3…though bad and the worst of the original trilogy (imo) had some…redeeming qualities…maybe… but SF was just…terrible. ><

  • spoonshiro

    May 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

    It’s not a great movie by any means, but there’s just something enjoyable about the surreal world it creates. Definitely a guilty pleasure of mine.

  • geddon

    May 28, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I really enjoyed this movie as a kid. Looking back, it still looks awesome and enjoyable.

  • May 28, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Koopa wants to merge two realms and rule it? Well… two words…. MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!

  • greedo

    May 28, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Been wanting to comment on this movie for a long time. Sooo much wrong with this one. Watched it once, and I was scarred for life! (Okay, not really) 🙂 To be honest, they badly mangled this one. The first mistake that they made (aside from making it) is that they botched the universe badly. They just took bits and pieces of the Mario universe, and mashed them up into something that was a disappointing mess. I expect to see Mario jumping and squashing goombas, not some strange sci-fi flick. I remember the one scene where they encounter that fungus/mushroom in the jar, or whatever, and then nothing! It served no purpose whatsoever. If you’re going to make a movie like this, at least be faithful to the original!

    Also, they made a huge mistake with the format. They should have made it an animated film, that way they could have made a movie that looks closer to the Mario universe. In short, if it had been a movie for a new franchise, it probably wouldn’t be that bad. But as a movie based off a video game, it falls far short of the mark.

    • Harley Jackson

      May 30, 2013 at 4:21 am

      Still, you have to try to reason with it in some way. After all, this is the first live action game-based movie EVER. They were still learning. Every live action movie to first kick off a genre, like science fiction, tends to move away from the source material in favor of their own concept (eg Frankenstein). It takes a good amount of time before they can finally get their footing. But yeah. This movie wouldn’t have worked even if it DIDN’T have anything to do with The Super Mario Bros.

  • RMBowie

    May 28, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I love movie Night =)

  • NegaNova

    May 28, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Okay it was fucking awesome!! haha

  • Aaron1375

    May 28, 2013 at 2:09 am

    It is easier and cheaper to make a cityesque world than a fantasy world.

  • May 28, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Stop right there James, last year Miyamoto called bullshit that one, Mario Mario and Luigi Mario were last names invented just for the movie.
    You never gonna see ’em featured in a game because they don’t have last names.
    Go search the interview on Gameinformer.
    Wait here’s the exctract:
    Some people claim that Mario and Luigi’s last name is “Mario.” Are their names officially Mario Mario and Luigi Mario?

    Shigeru Miyamoto: This is an old story, but Hollywood did a film version of the Mario Bros. many years back. There was a scene in the script where they needed a last name for the characters. Somebody suggested that, because they were the Mario Bros., their last name should be Mario. So, they made him “Mario Mario.” I heard this and laughed rather loudly. Of course, this was ultimately included in the film. Based on the film, that’s [how] their names ended up. But, just like Mickey Mouse doesn’t really have a last name, Mario is really just Mario and Luigi is really just Luigi.

    • May 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      That’s what I said in the video. The last names were from the movie.

      • May 30, 2013 at 12:14 am

        I think the “Super Show” cartoon did it first, actually.

      • June 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

        Actually they do use mario mario in paper mario soo…

  • May 28, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Meh, yeah the movie was okay. I didn’t really care how close it was to the game though, not then or now.

    Thanks for video James. I love your movie reviews.

  • May 28, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I feel like you are stretching to find nice things to say about this movie. The Nintendo power AVGN episode gave me the impression that you were disappointed by it when it first came out, but in this review I got the impression you liked it. I realize AVGN is a ‘character’, but for the most part the anecdotes are based on your real life (especially in that particular episode).

    • May 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      That’s because I finally watched it again. I hadn’t seen it fully since the theater in 1993. Like I said in the video “I needed time to get myself in the right mindset.”

      • May 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

        OH that’s understandable. Strange to think that you hadn’t re-watched it in 20 years! I guess you could say the movie aged like wine, if that wine was mixed with donkey piss.

  • BrandeX

    May 28, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Nintendo has never revealed Mario’s full name, stating only that it was not “Mario Mario” despite the implication of the Mario Bros. series’ title, its use in the live-action film adaptation, and information given in the Prima official Guidebook to Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.

  • 00bam

    May 28, 2013 at 4:14 am

    the movie to me is like what i would expect to see if mario had done a broadway play if that makes any sense…and IM GLAD you pointed out that how back then it was all DINOSAURS and now its all ZOMBIES…i said that exact thought to myself about a year or so ago im like zombies are like how dinosaurs were

  • brandnewjenn

    May 28, 2013 at 4:49 am

    I remember seeing this in the theater and just thinking, “What just happened?” Thanks for the review and trip down memory lane, James!

  • daniel Palm

    May 28, 2013 at 5:01 am

    i love this Movie. i watched it again last week. and yes it is not the story of SM Bros.but it was the first real videogame Movie and i will nver feoget how i felt about it the first time i saw it.

  • daniel Palm

    May 28, 2013 at 5:04 am

    p.s mario had a love intrest in this Movie to james

  • May 28, 2013 at 5:20 am

    It’s incredible, but do you know that in the Italian version of the movie (maybe all European edits, I don’t know) the ending was cut out? They cut like 5 minutes of it! The movie ends right when they celebrate after Koopa is defeated! We didn’t get to see the king turning back, Mario&Luigi returning home Luigi kissing Daisy and the scene back at home! It’s absurd! I think they wanted to remove the cliffhanger, but the goodbye scene was too sad, so they had to end it before, but wow.

    Anyway about the cliffhanger, Mario says “I believe”, like when talking about aliens, so could it be that the next movie would have an alien invasion? Maybe an adaptation of Super Mario Land?

  • May 28, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I saw the move in theaters, had the movie on VHS when I was little and i got it again on DVD a few years ago. It’s a pretty good movie in my opinion. not perfectly following the games but it’s still pretty fun overall and funny too. If you have someone watch the movie without letting them see the name or having them know what Mario Bros. is, then they’ll probably enjoy the film better then others.. Though i’m a Mario Bros. game fan and I liked the Mario movie too. All things consider it’s a pretty good film. Think i’ll watch it again later

  • May 28, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Nice review, James! BUT! I thought you would mention Robert Zemeckis or Alan Silvestri role and other works, so many other people would really consider to actually watch de movie!

    • Lastor

      May 28, 2013 at 7:16 am

      I know Silvestri composed the score but what does Zemeckis has to do with this?

  • May 28, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I’m sorry, but there is not one positive thing I can say about this movie. I never saw it as a child because it never came to the Netherlands, so there is no nostalgic value. And aside from that there is nothing about this movie I respect. The Super Mario Bros. Super Show has proven that live action Mario Bros can ACTUALLY be decent. Sure, those segments were cheesy as fuck, but it WORKED. It was BELIEVABLE. This movie on the other hand is a piece of crap. I knew about this movie before I saw this review, and I consciously decided to never see it because I was afraid it might taint my image of the Mario Bros. I knew this review would include sequences, but still I hesitantly decided to watch this, because it’s James. And now I know even better that I never, ever, ever want to see it, even though secondly, it could never taint my image of the Mario Bros., because these guys aren’t the Mario Bros. It’s the same as any piece of shit NES game that has nothing to do with the movie it’s made from and just has the name of the movie slapped on it.

    Also just on a side note, I thought the TMNT live action movie was horrible too, as well as the live action TV series “The Next Mutation”. Live action movies about these kind of videogames just do not work.

  • May 28, 2013 at 6:43 am

    It’s funny because I actually watched the movie a week before james did this review and I agree that’s it’s a great movie (not the best in the world but hey) if you forget that it’s supposed to be a Super Mario Bros. movie

  • Adamek

    May 28, 2013 at 6:45 am

    You guys know that “Koopa” in Polish means “shit” ? 🙂

    btw. Great review, looking forward to watch new ones

  • DaddyOGITH

    May 28, 2013 at 6:52 am

    you Need to do a Movie Review of 1982 White DOG’
    & Deathrow Gameshow’ & Christmas on Division Street.

  • Griff

    May 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

    here’s my thoughts on the movie, when I was a kid I stumbled upon it in a video store, I had never even heard of it before and my reaction was “holy shit, they made a Mario Bros movie!?” right away I rented it and watched it at home

    and believe it or not, I enjoyed it, for whatever reason I seemed to right away understand what the movie was going for, this was the “badass” version of SMB just like the TMNT movie and because of that it didn’t bother me that it wasn’t more of a literal adaption

    and now, 20 years later, after all the other video game movies that have come out since, the Super Mario Brothers is a freakin’ masterpiece compared to the other ones, especially any Uwe Boll ones

    here’s why, most games are already heavily inspired by movies right? so when you turn the game into a movie what you get is this copy of a copy feel that only results in a bland or terrible movie (take the Resident Evil movies for example), but Super Mario Brothers was obviously not inspired by any movie and in turn the movie is doing it’s own thing, the creativity on display with the “Dinohattan” setting and whatnot is a hell of a lot more than you’d get in any other video game movie, that’s for sure

    so while the movie is certainly not great, it’s decent

  • avgnfan

    May 28, 2013 at 7:01 am

    After all this time, at last you review this!

  • Rick

    May 28, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Oh my Lord… Was always curious if you’d cave and do this. Guess it wasn’t for lack of wanting to 🙂 nice review!

  • May 28, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I can’t see how you can think a movie is “decent” when the main actor himself has ACKNOWLEDGED it is a piece of shit and the worst thing he ever did.

  • May 28, 2013 at 7:14 am

    This says it ALL: Bob Hoskins has spoken critically of Super Mario Bros., saying that it was “the worst thing I ever did” and that “the whole experience was a nightmare” in a 2007 interview with The Guardian.[16] In another interview with The Guardian, Hoskins answered Super Mario Bros. to three of the questions he was asked, “What is the worst job you’ve done,” “What has been your biggest disappointment,” and “If you could edit your past, what would you change?”[17]
    John Leguizamo also admitted in 2007 that he too disliked his role as Luigi in the film, and expressed dissatisfaction with the film’s direction. He also said in his biography that both he and Bob Hoskins did not enjoy working on the film, frequently getting drunk to go through it, knowing that it would turn out bad.[18]

  • May 28, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Dennis Hopper was also disparaging of the production, “It was a nightmare, very honestly, that movie. It was a husband-and-wife directing team who were both control freaks and wouldn’t talk before they made decisions. Anyway, I was supposed to go down there for five weeks, and I was there for 17. It was so over budget.”[19]

  • May 28, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I got to see this movie at a special event at the El Capitan theater in Los Angeles back in May 1993. Being 10, nearly 11 years old, I wound up enjoying the movie for what it was, a comedy-adventure movie for kids loosely based on the Super Mario Bros. intellectual property. Like James, I was also a Nintendo Power kid growing up, and I do distinctly remember all the hype Nintendo Power put into this movie. Now, I may have been a *little* disappointed that the film didn’t have more to do with the game, but being a kid I found *every* *single* *little* *reference* that the movie made to the game. Even the little innocuous things that most people missed simply because I was a kid that really wanted a Super Mario Bros. movie.

    That said, 20 years later (my god, has it already been that long?) I can still say that I enjoy watching this film, if ONLY because of nostalgia. If you didn’t grow up with this movie, you probably won’t like it.

  • May 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

    First lol

  • taykel

    May 28, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I have seen this film for the first time months ago online and I agree with you on that it should be a different movie. It didn’t seemed to look like Super Mario Brothers to me except for some references. I am happy you finally got around reviewing it and I fully agree on almost everything you said. It is not a great movie, but it is worth a viewing.

  • May 28, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I never disliked this movie. When I saw it in the theater, it just left me scratching my head, though I probably watched it a further five times when it came out on video. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. At the time I thought Bob Hoskins was a perfect choice for Mario. Upon re-watching I realized it was more faithful than was immediately apparent, and all the effects were pretty awesome. Though it does use some computer morphing effects, it’s kind of a lost relic of the last gasp of practical effects movies before CGI came and ruined everything.

  • Snejku

    May 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Great take on this film, I saw it myself on TV when I was a kid and I have that kind of nostalgic look on it that I was dissapointed in it being a Mario film as it seemed to have very little to do with the game but at the same time it had that great cinematography look and style of earlier films I enjoy. So I find your take on it a pretty valid one, great review James!

  • May 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

    One of the writers of this movie ended up being beaten to death and fed to sharks in jamaica.

  • tenacityman

    May 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

    FYI – Bowser is known as Koopa in Japan.

  • Breeze Dorling

    May 28, 2013 at 8:39 am

    really? the Nostalgia Critic already did this

  • Breeze Dorling

    May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    u want Godzilla watch the Nostalgia Critic

    • Harley Jackson

      May 31, 2013 at 1:06 am

      James already reviewed every one of the Godzilla films, including the 1998 American version, so it would be pointless, since I’m already here. “Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness: Godzillathon.” Godzilla (1954) through Godzilla: Final Wars.


    May 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I waited EONS to see this review. Im glad James made a very fair review out of it. I liked this movie back then and i like it now. Its like James said, just forget its an adaptation and you will enjoy it because its damn good.

  • Leonnald

    May 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I swear I’m the only person I know that actually likes this movie. I’m not saying it’s a good movie, but it reminds me of my childhood (for better or worse) and I like that. I can sit through the whole thing with a smile on my face. Thanks for some memories.

  • Grenator

    May 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Great of you to have called them out on the chimpanzee bullshit.

    Chimps are our cousins, not ancestors.

  • May 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I actually love this movie 🙂

  • Robert Knaus

    May 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Mmmmm, young Samantha Mathis…

  • NashKnight

    May 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I didn’t like it that much when it first came out, but now it’s one of my favorite movies from that time period. It’s goofy and funny and certainly very enjoyable.

  • boyestar

    May 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Great review James !

  • Alex G

    May 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Excellent and in depth review! Really enjoyed it!

  • Stick

    May 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

    What an awesome, awesome review. You have such a knack for finding those obscure features in a movie and the way you present the whole thing is phenomenal.

  • IbanezJFS

    May 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I didn’t see the movie when it came out in fact I didn’t see it till 19 years later and I LOVED IT! It portrayed the Mario Bros. as the bad asses I hoped they were. The cartoon was campy as hell and the characters were a little annoying but I hated how they made Luigi. Tall and a total chicken shit. We all hated scrappy do, what made us think the opposite was any better? And believe it or not there is a sequel coming. Just not in movie format but as an online comic, this is t a fan fiction it’s written by the original screen writer. Go to for more info.

  • Reid

    May 28, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I can’t believe it! How could David L. Snyder go from Blade Runner, my favorite movie, to the insulting Super Mario Bros. movie?

  • May 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I liked it the first time I watched it, and still pop it in occasionally 🙂

  • Raidi

    May 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t think this Movie is worse than the videogame adaptations of Uwe Boll (what a horrible, horrible man!)
    I’d like to know what James thinks of the 2 GTA-Style films “Brothers Mario” (Youtube: )

  • Ryan Kuebel

    May 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    There is a sequel comic being created currently.

    Page 1

  • Leonardo Morelli

    May 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Please post on youtube. Watching videos like this here one is a nightmare!

  • The_Bones

    May 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Is anybody else having problems with the video player on this site lately? The videos play fine for about 10-15 seconds and then the video starts jumping around like I’m watching Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties for the 3DO.

  • Yaru

    May 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I believe that in the bullet bill part you put a clip of an underwater level of Super Mario World, if I remember correctly those were called Torpedo Ted.

  • May 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Hey James! First of all, congrats on the new addition to the family! Welcome to the fold. When I first saw this movie I was younger (in my teens) and I absolutely hated it. Now that I am older, I watched it again, and I enjoyed it much more because I realized how hard it must have been to create a script from the source material at the time. It’s kind of a fun movie if you set aside the pedestal that we subconsciously (and consciously) set the actual game on. I agree that it was a giant clusterfuck, and I can only imagine the nightmare it was to film it… but that’s kind of what makes it enjoyable to watch now that I’m older. I really love your movie reviews! Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Jharreuk Sungino

    May 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Actually, the very first video game-movie adaptation was Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, a Japanese-exclusive animated film, released on July 20th, 1986.

    • Lukas Sprehn

      May 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      That is actually true. I forgot about this one. But the Mario live-aciton movie was the first live-action adaptation then 🙂

  • Lukas Sprehn

    May 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I’m fairly sure it was Nintendo who established that they were Mario Mario and Luigi Mario… but what this movie really messed up, was HOW they are related. They claim they are father and son, when in the games they are brothers… what the fuck?!

  • May 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Wait, I thought “Tron” was a movie, that was turned into a game. From what I have read about it. I could be wrong, but does anyone agree?

    • Lukas Sprehn

      May 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      That’s what James meant. It was about a video game, not based on one. And yes, that is right, they made a game after the movie 🙂

  • Lukas Sprehn

    May 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    James, I would love to see a review of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. I love that series 😀

    • May 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Yeah, I agree, or a review of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. It was a really good show that was cancelled way too early. Both were great shows from the early 90s.

      • Lukas Sprehn

        May 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

        I’m still saddened about Young Indy’s cancellation to this day. It’s a little unfortunate though that there are so little supernatural stuff in the series, except the episode in Transylvania, but it kinda shows how he came to know such things. But it also shows how he became cynical and analytical. Even in Raiders of the Lost Ark he claim to not believe in the supernatural. I think he changed his mind after that, but I can’t be sure…

  • Balls McHammer

    May 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Dude – I can rarely watch videos on this site, I need to wait for youtube. They either never load, or if they do, the pause and sputter and die all the time.

    • May 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Hey, our bandwidth is getting hit hard today because a lot of people are watching this video. If you are having any troubles, check back later.

  • killer1525

    May 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I did grow up in the 90s but I never had a chance to see it in theaters but I have seen it and its not a bad movie cause it is entertaining to watch

  • May 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    There IS a sequel:

    (written by the same guys apparently.

  • May 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks James!
    You’re right, is one bad movie but we still talk about it today because of his name and his bad reputation
    more videos like this please!
    Regards from Mexico City

  • Uncle Sporkums

    May 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for this lengthy insightful review, James! Great job as usual!

  • May 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    finally but why do people hate this movie its mario bros no at least it has Mario and Lugi or it wont be Mario and maybe peach isn’t in it because too many girls want to be peach and they couldn’t decide so daisy was the answer

  • zgh50

    May 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Has James ever seen Blue Velvet? Dennis Hopper is in it as the main villain and does an amazing, frightening, and hilarious performance. It’s written and directed by David Lynch who has also made Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive. I think it would be interesting if James did a review of this movie.

  • Amy

    May 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I don’t hate this movie. The disappointment factor is there because it was nothing like the game, but other than that, I found it entertaining. I *was* one of those kids who hoped there would be a sequel. I still kinda hope for it, but in this day and age, a sequel or a reboot of this wouldn’t be attempted. Too many other more visually stunning games are out there now just waiting for a movie. To a lot of people, Mario is a thing of the past. I know teenagers who could care less about Mario, because how can he compare with Final Fantasy and Halo. Mario will live on forever though, and this movie will definitely be one I watch with my kids in the future, once I have them. Mario will always be a part of their lives in some way for or fashion, and we won’t leave Luigi behind either.

  • Jackred89

    May 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I do agree it isn’t as bad but I seen worse. House of the Dead movie was terrible. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was really bad. It has some of the worse recasting I ever seen. They tried fitting all of the characters in. Thus further damages this movie. In fact if you watch very close when Baraka dies. You clearly see they reused Rain’s death clip. Last I checked there’s only one left of Reptile’s kind. She wasn’t in the movie at all. I honestly don’t know how they got three male ones. Some of the new characters are really off. For example Ermac is supposed to be a lot of souls fused into one. Instead we get just a red ninja that has Noob Saibot. What Noob Saibot was the original Sub-Zero resurrected. Rain didn’t do anything in the movie. He’s supposed to be the purple ninja that controls water. They never explained where the fuck Scorpion came from. Sektor ended up getting fused into Smoke. I could go on & on but you can do this fucker justice.

  • May 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Theodore Rex what a goood movie 🙂

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  • May 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Oh no, say you didn’t, James. Say you didn’t compare THIS Movie to Star Wars!!!

  • Squall85

    May 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Still better than any Uwe Boll movies…

  • May 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Another great video guys, was waiting for this one for a while 😀

  • May 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    i liked the movie back then & i still like it now.

  • May 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I remember seeing the commercials for this, but never saw it until it was on USA (I think) circa 1998, my eleven year old self was very disappointed.

    • Harley Jackson

      May 30, 2013 at 4:54 am

      I know what you mean. Don’t worry, it’s not just you. 1998 was full of over-hyped film disappointments….

  • ABOhiccups

    May 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks a lot, James!
    You just poop my own pants!

  • May 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    This movie is definitely a cult classic. The plot is paper thin but it’s a fun movie. I remember seeing it in the movie theater and enjoying all the video game references. The hand shake in the movie always cracks me up, “glug glug glug.”

    • Harley Jackson

      May 30, 2013 at 4:51 am

      I bet it was a reference to how drunk they were getting on set. Why else would they say “Glug Glug Glug” to each other? After all, they WERE drinking on set, & in a lot of the scenes, it was SOOOOOO OBVIOUS as to exactly how drunk they were getting to get through the day. You could see it especially in John Leguizamo’s face. All these successful & awesome movies he’s done, and it comes to this? I’d be getting drunk DURING FILMING if I had to do this movie. These are acting veterans, & THEY even called this their worst nightmare. Dennis Hopper died knowing he did this movie. Regrets….

  • ABOhiccups

    May 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Can you released this video on YouTube or Blip? So, I can watch your video because of Springboard problem.

  • J5

    May 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Blew are fukin ballz off lmao!!! OH James smh!!!()-;

  • EwaY

    May 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Double Dragon movie was awful too.

  • May 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Anyone else know about the 1986 Japanese anime movie of Super Mario Bros. that was never released in America? I’ve seen fan dubs of it on Youtube, and from what I gathered watching it, it was very good for its time and is still probably the best Video Game movie out there because it sticks to the source material very well and actually feels like the game in a way. Also, personally, I love the 1993 movie for what it’s worth considering how it takes a different approach to the story and was actually a fun watch for me. I even own a DVD copy of it myself.

  • L0rdMike

    May 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Talks about Bullet Bill and then shows footage of Torpedo Ted.

  • Nintendomaniac

    May 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I seem to recall the Nintendo Power article on the making of this movie said they use to play video games to dull the pain on the set.

  • May 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Good review James, but you’re technically wrong about the 1993 Super Mario Bros. being the first video game based movie. It was the first international one, but not the first overall. An anime based on the Super Mario Bros. video game called “Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen”, released only in Japan in 1986, was the very first. Here is a link of the full film I found on YouTube.

    I remember 1993 very well. I was excited to see the movie. I even bought the movie based t-shirt before it’s release. Then I saw the film and…well…let’s just say that t-shirt got what it deserved. Jeeze that was a horrible adaptation. If you take away everything Mario Bros. related, it’s an okay film. Just another oddity in film history. But the fact that it has anything to do with the Super Mario Bros. video games makes it unwatchable because all you can think is; “What the fuck is this pile of vomit?!” And what makes it worse is that Nintendo adopted the idea now of the Mario Bros. last names actually being Mario, thus making Mario “Mario Mario”. Which is fine. But why not make him Antonio Mario or something. Not Mario Mario! Jeeze! Thanks for the review, James. Hope you get to watch the anime movie I posted here. Maybe you should review it one day.

  • Another Guy Named James

    May 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Well done. Now all we need to do is wait for The Nostalgia Critic to have a melodramatic hissyfit.

  • Wien

    May 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    If you have the time to listen to a hilarious podcast, I recommend this:

  • May 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    And you know what’s even sadder. The Super Mario Bros. movie was directed by the people who made Max Headroom. I just searched the film on Wikipedia and found that out. How can people who made such an awesome concept as Max Headroom make a mockery of Super Mario Bros. is beyond me. Damn you Rocky Morton & Anabel Jankel! Now we’ll never get a remake of the Super Mario Bros. film because of you, and that’s probably a good thing too because it would probably be horrible too.

  • Riknight36

    May 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Why is this not on YouTube? I wanted to watch it at the gym.

  • culwin

    May 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    This movie is laughably bad.
    So bad it’s good.

  • May 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I quite liked it, not bad not shit. OK

  • May 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    20 year anniversary of this movie today! Check out video

  • Mattashell

    May 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Mojo Nixon was the best part of this movie. Nobody ever mentions that.

  • May 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    They should have looked at the Comics from Nintendo Power so they should have gone with that

  • Justin Kwapich

    May 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Good, but I was disappointed to see no mention of the Mario 64 pre-reference. The way they jump through the liquid wall to reach a different detention. Very notably used in M64 :]

    • May 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Mario 64 stole it from the film. Just like it’s now cannon in the games that he is Mario Mario. Makes you wanna slap Nintendo and the filmmakers at the same time.

  • Joker83

    May 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I remember seeing it in the theater. This was a great review video

  • Valis77

    May 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm


  • May 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    A movie based on that particular game could never be established at least from a holywood company.A desent super mario film sould be more suitable to made in a cartoon-anime version instead.Maybe something close to roger rabit with a couple of well known actors and animated characters.That sould be pretty intresting i imagine.Or a better super mario show series created by warner bros and having more fun than the original.

  • May 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    NC’s review is better.

  • The Afroman

    May 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I always thought of it like this:
    The Flamethrowers were to represent the Fireballs.
    The rocket shoes were to represent how the Mario Bros could jump so high in the games.
    The Fungus was the Super Mushrooms.
    Koopa because he was called that in the cartoon series.

  • Kenny Mac

    May 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Great movie review. I’ve loved this film since a kid. It’s just such a strange quirky movie

  • Daniel82

    May 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    God , maybe metroid ECHOES was inspired by that movie…. XD

  • May 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    If anything, I wish they had adapted the movie into a game. Maybe even an RPG (outside of the Super Mario RPG of course)

  • crapslapper2000

    May 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    saw mario bros the movie review on the home page
    me:OOOOOOOOHHHHH SHIT! *click*

  • May 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    great review, as always lots of memories relieved, keep up the good work!

  • EmSeeSquared

    May 28, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Hey James, i think i may have a theory as to why the film was so dinosaur-heavy: I THINK it was because Super Mario World was the most recent and talked-about game at the time. And where was Mario World set? In Dinosaur Land. Just my personal theory, one that i remember thinking of coming out of the theater opening day.

  • May 29, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I was in 3rd grade when this came out and the hype was at a fever pitch. Takes me back to a time before we found everything out from the internet. My first real look at the characters was from a pack of movie trading cards a friend of mine had. Our faces when we got to the Koopa card must’ve been priceless.

  • May 29, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I always felt the dinosaur theme was an interpretation of the Koopas as something beyond simple turtles. That and the idea that Super Mario World, which was still relatively new at the time, took place on Dinosaur Island. And yes, Yoshi is and has always been a dinosaur.

    • Harley Jackson

      May 30, 2013 at 4:42 am

      EXACTLY! We all know Yoshi’s supposed to be a dinosaur, so why does he have a shell? I’ve always been confused as to why Yoshi, a dinosaur, has a shell.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    May 29, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I’ve actually seen the movie before all the popular reviews came about. Trust me, it didn’t take the internet to make this thing infamous. It was up there with the Street Fighter movie. Though, at least this movie was enjoyable, even if it was blatantly inaccurate to the games. Street Fighter is torture, plain and simple.

  • Thomas Stansfield

    May 29, 2013 at 3:00 am

    There is actually a movie released before this in 1986 by Nintendo, but only in Japan. It’s called ‘Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!’ here’s the link on YouTube:

  • Lastor

    May 29, 2013 at 4:30 am

    I can’t bring myself to hating this movie. It’s a reminder of the days when I wasn’t so critical about every movie – quite simply because I couldn’t afford to. Now that notion amuses me but at the same time I sort of wish I could get back that attitude of taking every movie for what they are. I may end up liking some stupid ass sh-te that way but a positive experience is always positive.

  • May 29, 2013 at 6:43 am

    That was Torpedo Ted not Bullet Bill that you showed.

  • MDcowboy15

    May 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I can’t believe that in your montage of 90’s dinosaur films, you didn’t mention “Adventures in Dinosaur City”! That movie kicked fuckin’ ass!

  • punksterdaddy

    May 29, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Very good review. Very refreshingly different from other reviews done about this movie.
    I look forward to your next one?

  • Qaiser Shah

    May 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Hi James, please review the Double Dragon movie from 1994

  • May 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I bought this a few years back at Wal-Mart in the $5 Bin. I remember loving it as a kid! Today, I’ll admit it’s a bit tough to get through in one sitting. I do love those rocket boots though, always thought that was why they jump so high in the game! 🙂

  • May 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I guess all of the fungus all over the city can be considered the Mushroom Kingdom. This film was an abstract take on the video games. Not bad tho, Good review James!

  • Carson Shover

    May 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    i was a teenage mammal xxx

  • May 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Do double Dragon

  • May 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Those two asian guys at the end remind me of the “We would like to play” guys for the Nintendo Wii commercial.

  • May 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Great review! it also has been 20 years since I last saw this movie and…yah, even as a kid it was just an awkward movie all the way through. I still remember the movie posters in the mall promoting the movie that completely amp’d me up only drop my hopes. Production quality was awesome though,The only memorable scene I remember was a part with a car or something flying off a mountain and the sounds in the theater traveled far off to the left to mimic the cars placement. As a kid, It was the first time I ever heard sound design like that in a theater.

  • Daniel Soso

    May 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Nintendo didn’t make a movie because, as Karim Debbache said better than I could (and I really advise you to look at his videos if you speak french), it’s a stupid idea
    all the elements of SMB make perfect sense in term of gameplay, but they make no sense in any sort of scenario, so any project of a SMB movie would be doomed to begin with

  • May 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Finally! I have been waiting around to hear your input on this horrid film. Could you do more reviews on other video game adaptations?

  • May 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    If u want to see a faithful and badass Mario adaptation go watch the brothers mario trailer

  • EmSeeSquared

    May 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    hey James, i noticed an editing mistake: when discussing Iggy & Spike’s names, the splitscreen part, you show the human Iggy twice. you show him next to the Iggy koopaling, and you show him again next to the Spike creature, instead of the human Spike. Whoops!

  • mmmfloorpie

    May 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I dunno James…

    When I was a kid and this game came out I remember hating it because it wasn’t enough like Super Mario Bros…

    I didn’t say “Gee I want it to be different than the video game” like you apparently did…

    And I think that’s why most people hated it!

  • May 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Boom Boom, shakalaka boom boom!

  • May 30, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Am I the only one who would have liked it if Scapelli was devolved into Donkey Kong instead of a Chimpanzee?

    That’s how my cousin and I interpreted it anyway. We used to have fun trying to find references to the games in this movie. We also believed the cops were supposed to be Spiny (the uniform spikes), and the garbage men with the gas-mask were Snifits from SMB2.

    And, the King being turned into fungus and back is like SMB3! When the King would be transformed until you beat the Koopa-kid.

    We loved the movie, even if we wished there was one truer to the games, and got a kick out of how different it was.

    This was actually a childhood favourite of mine, and I’m disappointed that the sequel never happened.

  • May 30, 2013 at 1:14 am

    You know exactly what videogame movie you must do next………..DOUBLE DRAGON. i wanna see what u think about that one!

  • snake0

    May 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Why the FUCK would you not put this on Youtube? This video player is a worse hunk of shit than that movie was.

  • cornbred9

    May 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Love all your movie reviews James! Thanks for doing this one. I actually like this film for all of the terrible reasons. Makes me smile, even though as a kid it disappointed me. I like it much more now for nostalgia’s sake and the one liners. Too bad bob hoskins hated it… 🙁

  • Andy Taylor

    May 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I love how James offers a very insightful, intelligent view on everything he does that is not a character.

  • May 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    You still need to do Manos The Hands of Fate 😀

  • DeviousX13

    May 31, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I was always a fan of the Super Mario Brothers movie. You’re right that as an adaptation on the game it wasn’t really faithful, but my thought was that re-creating the world from Super Mario World would have been way too expensive and made the movie really really long, not that I would have minded it being longer. Also, I figured they took the idea for the city from Bowser’s World in Super Mario World. I always felt his worlds were distopian. Either way, great review and now I want to watch that movie again. Keep up the great work guys!

  • nintendoaddict1

    May 31, 2013 at 10:52 am

    May the fungus be with you!

  • May 31, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I dont care what anyone says I like the movie and still have my original vhs copy I got when I was a kid, also cool that it was filmed here in North Carolina. My late uncle would have been the perfect Mario.

  • MrQ12

    May 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

    another failed movie based of a video game was ‘double dragon’ i think that was in the same year or maybe 1 or 2 years after super mario, can you review that next pretty please !

  • Morgan Perry

    May 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

    May 28th 1993, Was the day I was born. Very glad to see a review of this Finaly : D

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  • May 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Great review James! It really is an underrated film that doesn’t really deserve the shit it gets. I’m willing to bet most people that hate on it, haven’t even seen the entire film, if at all. It’s honestly pretty entertaining, and that’s good in my book.

    Here’s my own review of it: Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the film with me by looking back at “Super Mario Bros.: The Movie”!

  • Stevalo

    June 1, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Went to the pictures to see this film, and it blew my 9 year old bollocks off! Having seen it since, hhmmmmm. I still like it, and anything with Bob Hoskins and/or John Leguizamo is ace. Looking back, the story makes no sense at all, within the Mario universe, but it wouldn’t have made much sense within it back then, given the technology at the time. I for one am a massive fan of the film, even though the stars had a shit time of it.

  • gluserty

    June 1, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I never had a desire to view this film, but I like all the main actors. To be fair, I don’t think there has yet to be a stellar film that was adapted from a video game.

  • June 1, 2013 at 9:15 am

    the super mario movie’s bad, so bad i sold it in a yard sale for $

  • June 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

    i pretty much agree with james on everything

  • Zach Bremer

    June 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I loved this movie growing up.

  • Drew Pittman

    June 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I will say this back when it came out I read the novelization of it and you learned in the book that Lance Henriksen’s King character is named Bowser which left me completely confused. Also I believe the reason that they call him King Koopa is based from the cartoon show where I don’t believe they called him Bowser at all, but the cartoon also gave different names to all of the kids… like Cootie-Pie for Wendy… It just hurts your head trying to keep up with all the different names that each localization gives to them.

  • June 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Speaking of the 1998 version of Godzilla, it would be both interesting and entertaining to see you do a video review of it, I remember in one your AVGN videos that the US version doesn’t count as a Godzilla film, although I entirely agree with you, I’m curious to hear (if there are any) positive things from you of that piece of shit movie, or bomb the shit out of it like you did with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.

    • Do_You_Really_Care_About_Me

      June 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      He already reviewed it for Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness 2008. You should check it out it’s one of his best reviews.

  • Donny

    June 3, 2013 at 3:32 am

    oh man i remember this movie watched it as a kid all the time soo corny yet soo good

  • Ed

    June 3, 2013 at 3:51 am

    damn this movie

  • Victor Dixon

    June 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    They should come out with a part 2 where they fight Donkey Kong, and follow the actual game.

  • MadHitz

    June 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Even when I was 8 years old when this movie came out, I still had no desire to see it.

  • GenesisFox

    June 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Oh my…

  • June 4, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I’m surprised there wasn’t a lot of uproar about the WTC in this movie. The first terrorist attack on the WTC took place the winter of 93. This movie came out in may of that same year. People nowadays would throw a shitfit over something like this, at the very least the movie would have its release date pushed back quite a while. Very interesting that nobody made a fuss(or did they and i just am unaware?). If they didn’t it def supports what you say, more innocent time. Even an actual terrorist attack didn’t wake Americans up back then.

  • burgerrider

    June 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I have watched NC’s review. The problem I had with it was that all he did was screech into a microphone for the whole video.
    It would have been funny had he talked normally half the damn time. James here is doing a great job.

  • DMM_poo

    June 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Sweet review, James. I, like you, am old enough to remember the hype this movie got (I believe I am about a year older than you), however, unlike you, I did not buy into the hype. I remember reading my Nintendo Power magazine, and skipping over all the Mario movie stuff, because it looked terrible. I had no interest in this movie whatsoever. I really enjoyed this review, because, all though I never watched the movie, anytime I heard mention of it, I wondered what I missed. Now I realize, I didn’t miss much! 🙂

  • sayhi2yourmom4me

    June 5, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Nice review however I feel I must point out that when James was talking about bullet bills the enemy shown on the video was actually a torpedo ted. Just had to clear that up in case anyone was confused.

  • adam saltzman

    June 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    i believe this movie is the reason there hasn’t been a Legend of Zelda movie. thanks, dicks

  • June 6, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I’m sure someone else mentioned this somewhere, but when James talks about the bullet bills, hes shows a clip from super mario world with Torpedo Teds, not bullet bills.

  • ClosingFrantica

    June 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Maybe as a kid I liked it for the weird setting, a reminder of Blade Runner and Total Recall, two favourites of mine. It still has a lot of nostalgic value to me.
    Also… Joe Satriani – Speed of Light

  • June 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Funny fact: “Koopa” sounds like “kupa” which means “shit” or “crap” in polish 😀

  • toyman2581

    June 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    “It’s a time-capsule of the 90’s”

    and that says it all right there. Worst. Decade. EVER.

  • ABC

    June 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Yeah, the Super Mario Bros the movie was nothing like the game. Much like the He-Man movie is nothing like the cartoon. I wonder if the same guy made both movies. LOL Still, both interesting movies.

  • smith curry

    June 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    It might just be a coincidence, but one of the both directors of this movie directed the “Max Headroom” TV movie. I say this because Dennis Hopper’s King Koopa looks just like Headrom. Thoughts?

  • Sun-Wukong

    June 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I saw this movie from an interesting perspective, as I was growing up when the N64 was new and played Super Mario 64 more than any other game in the series, but had older brothers and sisters that grew up with the NES, and we still had it with the older games in the series (no SNES though, sadly) and video tapes of the old animated series, and the Zelda cartoon with the live action Super Mario Bros. Super Show segments on them, and I watched the hell out of those as a kid.

    Anywho, I saw this movie and made connections between it and Super Mario 64 that obviously couldn’t have been intentional, since the movie came first and I seriously doubt Nintendo drew any inspiration from it. I wondered why the portal into the Mushroom Kingdom looked just like the entrance to the secret slide in Tall, Tall, Mountain, and speaking of slides, I wondered why Mario and company needed a mattress to slide down that frozen pipe near the film’s climax. I enjoyed it, though, but then I’ve always been open to radically different adaptations, as long as they’re entertaining in their own right.

  • karel1

    June 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Outstanding Review James! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • June 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    This movie review of Super Mario Bros. is way better than The Nostalgia Critic’s. All he did was bitch and moaned of how it wasn’t like the games at all and never understood the whole Mario Mario and Luigi Mario scene. To me, this movie was awesome and what Nostalgia Critic did made me not a fan of his at all. James’ reviews are worth watching and he doesn’t complain, whines, etc. Sure, he pokes fun at a few things but nothing more than that. This is the reason why James Rolfe, the AVGN, is my favorite Internet star!

  • June 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    i fuken loved this movie as a kid and im sure i would love it even more if i watched it again. i think people shouldnt be so butthurt about it being not close enough to the original, its a frikken arcade sidescroller anyways. i loved the sets, the effects and the individual characters. i would actually say that this is one of the best if not the best game adaptation even the word adaptation is a bit of a stretch. tell me a one thats better.

  • Stephanie Smith

    June 16, 2013 at 12:31 am

    James referring to the Super Mario Bros. Movie in this video.

    ‘It’s definitely watchable, it’s not a total bore by any means.’

    James as AVGN referring to the movie in his ‘Nintendo Power’ episode.

    ‘I remember hearing about it [referring to Super Mario Bros. Movie] and being so excited, I can’t wait to see that movie. But it was like a buffalo taking a shit on you.’

    So I guess you changed your mind about the movie. You seem very positive about this movie now. But you appeared to hate it earlier.

    • firestonex

      June 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      The Nerd is NOT James…

  • Oliver Axelsson

    June 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    18:20 what the fuck are they called? I broke my friends and promised him to buy a new one + they´re awesome so I want one to 😛

  • firestonex

    June 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I’m 26 and I don’t care what anyone says.

    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. OF ALL TIME!

  • firestonex

    June 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I’m almost positive that the main reason why this movie was met with such negativity was because of the subject of evolution.

  • June 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Lol at that part with the Thwomp boot i quickly noticed a bullet bill neon sign.

    But yeah you mentionned the reference shortly after.

  • June 22, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I loved this movie as a kid. As I got older, I realized how much this movie sucked. But I still enjoy, largely because I feel that if you don’t associate it with Mario, its not too bad. Like James said, you do get some entertainment, and its not a total bore. I wouldn’t mind seeing this movie again, though I might not enjoy it as much as I did as a kid.

  • FawfulLudwig9001

    June 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Good thing they didn’t make a live action Sonic The Hedgehog movie. I wouldn’t want to imagine how f****d up that film would have been.

  • June 23, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I wanted a sequel, too. I feel kind of ashamed for liking this movie after I found out how unpleasant it was for the cast but I gotta say they did a pretty good job. I wonder if the sequel would have had a version of Donkey Kong.

  • supermark64

    June 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I actually like the cliffhanger ending. It’s like how every Mario game has a sequel. The Princess always gets captured again.

  • June 27, 2013 at 4:38 am

    James is wrong about Mario not having a love interest, it was Pauline from Donkey Kong, also the scene where they go down the pipe on the mattress, could be thought of as going through pipes or down a slope. Also Toad is in the film, but is turned into a Goomba.

  • June 27, 2013 at 4:43 am

    The ending to the Super Mario Bros film gives us the impression that Daisy will be in the next adventure like in Super Mario Bros 2-USA

  • nammm3

    June 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Nice conclusion to the video! Very valid points! I need to disagree to the points you make eventually. You should do a review for ”Iron Man 3” one day. I wad so ”eh” about it

  • June 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I was disappointed and confused when I first saw this movie but time has made me softer toward it. I like the cast, and if you ignore the video game tie-ins it becomes just a fun screwball adventure film. It certainly has more character than new video game adaptations that are totally slavish and still suck- of all that there have been only Max Payne and Hitman are worthwhile, and that’s because they’re pretty formula action movie plots anyway.

  • philliesfan136

    June 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

    lmao at the Goomba faces.

  • thesnake383

    July 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Hey James, there was another “Movie” that came out way before the live action adaptation. It’s a Japanese anime that came out around the same time the game did: It’s called “The Mission to rescue Princess Peach. It’s been subtitled in english, and you ought to at least check it out.

  • JX3

    July 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    you know there was acttualy an cartoon somewhat like the game and its not the 80’s one either its a 1986 japanese cartoon called “The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach” you should give it a watch.

    • JX3

      July 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      • JX3

        July 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        heres the untranslated version

        In 1986, long before Super Mario Bros. Super Show first hit the air, a 60-minute long anime movie, called Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen (Translation: “The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach”), was produced and released in Japan.

        This film is now extremely rare, and almost impossible to find, even inside Japan. However, our friend and fellow admin Dino Dude was lucky enough to find a couple of videoclips from this very rare anime.

  • July 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Think about it James. Assume that the Super Mario Bros. was first a movie and was successful enough to get it’s own video game. Don’t you think that mostly since LJN would have made the game (given that they specialize in making games as different from their movies as possible), it would have turned out something like the original Super Mario Bros.

  • July 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm


  • July 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Move the glow up to my butthole.

  • Anthony Huff

    July 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

    To be fair, Super Mario World DID have a lot to do with dinosaurs and was set in Dinosaur Land, so they did have parts of it right.

  • SoTH

    July 17, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Sorry James, but their are examples prior to 93, it was called Transformers…and any other toy-line cartoon.

    Video games and toys are one in the same. Both aren’t a narrative format and instead have back story simply for the purpose of playing with it. Back story influences what you’re going to do with a toy, play-set and the core of the game. It is never just supplementary. Like a toy, its about imagination, uniqueness and play too. Puzzle games are the only ones notorious for having back stories which weren’t needed and were only to add to show value.

    A cut-scene in a game is much like a toy’s expansion into a cartoon series. It isn’t unnatural and adds to the imagination aspect much like a show would for a toy. Now, people tend to compare games films already, but I digress. Games have more a comic book’s or show’s narrative presentation.

    And this is where video game adaptations go wrong. You aren’t to adapt the literal experience nor their cut-scene’s, but the back story which inspired much of the core of the game. People are always confusing the the utmost literal execution with the real underlying story and integral timeline of events which are to be adapted, then somehow reverses this from the point for adapting them into why not to or why it’s hard to do so (when it’s not and should be the same as adapting a comic or toy-line).

    • SoTH

      July 17, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Part 2:

      Now, take a gander at Mario’s game objective overview/back story:

      It’s not about a captured princess, but a kingdom overtaken by a ruthless creature inspired by medieval lore, much as the rest of the game’s setting.

      The true story is about two everymen who answer the call no one else does. Its something that has homage to The Hobbit and Narnia: unlikely people doing the impossible.

      Do you now know why this cult success isn’t really deserved? These people always bring up the same trash and its getting on my nerves for how juvenile and literal the outlook is.

      Just look at how good MK turned out. Sure, its only one of many possible configurations, but it was the only one to show that accuracy towwards narrative implication isn’t a threat to the film as an entity on its own.

      So, this is bull. What? Toys are better than games? Don’t think so!

    • SoTH

      July 17, 2013 at 6:59 am

      Oh, and I forgot one thing.

      Where I said: “You aren’t to adapt the literal experience nor their cut-scene’s…:, I meant to say: nor their cut-scene’s literal narrative execution.

  • July 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I actually think this might be a good movie. But when I watch it, it may not be so good.

  • Dan Davis

    July 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Under appriciated cult classic in my opinion. It wasnt meant to be anything but a popcorn flick, and thats what it is, a kids movie popcorn flick. I enjoy the angle of not taking itself too seriously, which helps digesting the over the top elements easier.

    Also to my knowledge, the reason it was a poor experience for the Bob Hoskins and other cast, was that the TWO directors could never come to a clear vision of what they wanted in the scene, ending up in bickering and fall outs, leaving the scene up to the actors and writers. The original two directors were finally fired mid way through production, and replaced by the DP. Not to mention, countless rewrites during production. Sounds like a nightmare.

    I still have a soft spot for this movie though. One of my favorite guilty pleasures.

  • July 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I remember seeing this in theaters, and I loved it. But at the same time, I was confused. It just gave me a bunch of questions. Like why do the goombas look like that, and why does Koopa look like that, and why the hell didn’t Luigi eat the mushroom?!?!?!? But in the end, it’s a cool alternate reality of the Mushroom Kingdom. Definitely not what I expected, but I still watch this movie a lot. It’s fun and it never gets old.

  • July 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I’m of the opinion that absolutely nothing could have been done to salvage the Mario Bros movie for one simple reason: the source material just isn’t ripe for a live adaptation.

    If you make a live adaptation close to the source material, then it will just look silly; just imagine having a live-action Mario jumping on turtles, growing larger after eating mushrooms, or collecting coins that float on thin air. It would totally suck.

    Yet if you do what this movie did and stray from the source material, then you just alienate fans.

    Hence, the whole project was just doomed from the start. Some things just aren’t meant to have live adaptations, and Mario Bros is one of those things. It would be like trying to make a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog–it would not work.

    Perhaps the time is right to do a CGI Mario movie.

  • Brennan Martinez

    July 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Remember when James Rolfe reviewed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III as the angry movie nerd? I wished he had done the same with this movie. That would’ve been funny!!!

  • August 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Interesting 🙂

  • August 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    ok. i think
    its nice that James did a review. I agree with everything he says. Thanks James for making this review. I was gonna make one for yourube, but you beat me to it. I really don’t want to review it anytime soon anyway.

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  • August 12, 2013 at 4:45 am

    … I loved this movie as a child!

  • the_after_world

    August 14, 2013 at 5:49 am

    If they did a Disney style plot with CGI mario,who knows.It might end up being a bigger hit than Wreck it Ralph.Although that movie was AWESUM!
    One things for sure,Charles Martinet HAS to do the voice’s! before he gets too old 🙂

  • August 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Did you know that at the beginning of super mario world it says welcome to dinosaur land. The movie did get the dinosaur theme from the game.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    August 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Koopa is Bowser’s original name. It’s also his name in the cartoon.

  • Rustic Nelson

    August 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    God dammit. I watched twenty minutes of entertaining childhood memories then get dinosaur’ed at the end. Didn’t see that shit coming at all…

    Good one, asshole.

  • Jamie Hilliker

    September 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    well there actually was dinos besides just yoshi…the whole game of Super Mario World was in a prehistoric land with dinos…don’t cha remember the dumb cartoon based on iot…lots of dinos.

  • September 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I watched this movie on rotation with my sister growing up. Then, I didn’t think it was that bad. Now? Yeah it’s fucking horrible.

  • Marcel Strametz

    September 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I accually kinda like the movie

  • unreliable narrator

    September 22, 2013 at 5:52 am

    This review is great! Different enough from the now 5-year-old NC review, but still just as funny and interesting. NC was more making fun of a bad movie, while James is more analytical and sees how it differs from the games.

    Will you do Double Dragon, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter next? I really want to see more 90s video game movie reviews 😀

  • unreliable narrator

    September 22, 2013 at 5:54 am

    And call me crazy but i like how crazy and off the wall sci fi heavy this film is. I love that stuff! Making a movie just like the game would be kind of dull. This movie took chances and was ballsy. I can respect that.

  • October 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I’ll never truly understand what exactly was supposed to pass as a proper mario bros movie, especially at the time this one came out. those games were fun because of the gameplay, not the plot or characters. If they would’ve tried to stay close to the source material, it probably would’ve been worse. the cartoon show stayed true to the source material, could you imagine that as a live action movie? not saying this movie is great, but I enjoy it, it definitely not to be taken too seriously. When I seen it in theaters when I was a kid, yea I was expecting something else, but 20 years later, I can appreciate it for what it is.

  • December 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Well James, think about it this way, if the original video game never happened and the film was released on it’s own, the rights for a game tie-in would have been given to LJN, who would probably create something exactly like the original Super Mario Bros. So, in a way, the film is a perfect adaptation!

  • January 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I don’t think the alternate dimension world trade enter reminds me of 9/11. It reminds me more of the terrorist bombing of the towers in 1993. The year this movie came out!

  • L8erH8er420

    February 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    what the hell is up with that useless argument below? idc who reviews what first, neither owns rights to the movie nor rights to review the movie. they both are funny in their own way, an you dick you’re own LoL gtfo with that hating shit.

  • Ashton Alderman

    April 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Plumbers dont wear ties.

  • April 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Bob hoskins has died aged 71 indeed a good actor even though he did super Mario Bros
    Bob hoskins R.I.P.

  • Boo Daclown

    July 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Super Mario Land was in dinosaur land maybe that’s where they got the idea..

  • August 13, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I just finished watching this film after not seeing it for quite a while. It’s really not that bad, yeah, when it first came out, I was disappointed, since it looked nothing like the games that I grew up with, but now that I’m older, I appreciate it more for what it is. It’s one of those terrible, but good kind of movies. My 12 year old nephew likes it. And talking about the ending, the cliffhanger, it’s finally been continued. Yep, there’s a Super Mario Bros 2 Movie Comic. Check it out and see where Mario, Luigi and Daisy’s adventures go next. Oh and Wart is the main villain this time around. 🙂

  • December 17, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    is it bad, that i sorta liked this movie when i was younger?

  • Vunjak

    December 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    It irked me slightly you talked about Bullet Bills and then showed Torpedo Teds. Damn I’m a nerd.

    Anyway, given that this movie is awful as a Super Mario brothers movie I still like it. I thought it was funny it had Mojo Nixon as Toad. It makes no sense, but that doesn’t detract from the rest of the movie.

    I like how James says video game movies are taken way more seriously, but we end up with the schlock that is the Resident Evil movies. Also when Uwe Boll made that awful Dungeon Siege movie, But then again, that’s just Uwe Boll in general.

  • January 8, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I always liked the movie. Maybe because I never cared for Mario games. Still it’s better than Transformers today

  • January 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

    You know? it may sound weird, but you should review this in an AVGN episode, it would definitely be a very special episode for me.

  • Benjamin Nicholson

    February 11, 2015 at 8:29 am

    R.I.P Bob Hoskins, Hes a legend over here in the UK, Check out The Long Good Friday in my opinion his best movie by far.

  • kevdemed

    April 18, 2015 at 2:12 am

    James Rolfe always cheers me up with nostalgia!

  • April 28, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    If you think of the movie as a “darker and edgier” version of Mario, the movie is pretty good!

  • Weldin Dunn

    May 2, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    This movie gives evolution a bad name, just like that one other book… Oh! I remember now! Narnia! (Rimshot) Also, you may not like him, but I just remembered Dennis Hopper is dead. Now I’m sad.

  • May 19, 2015 at 2:53 am

    James, I just wanted to say thank you. I’ve always LOVED this movie. There’s lots of bits and pieces in it that are some of my favourite perspectives of fantasy, and the non-mario-ness to it was easily ignored for me. Then again, I do have a strange taste in films. I mean… surburban commando was AWESOME.

  • May 27, 2015 at 4:34 am

    In Russia he was always known as koopa, that’s his real japaneese name. proflink: Sorry, just needed to say that it was killing me

  • June 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    there’s my childhood, no matter the movie was bad, have a good memory of that 🙂

  • sdk2k9

    August 2, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Call me crazy but I actually want to see this movie. Anyone have a link to it. I know it’s a bad Super Mario Bros movie but does it really make it a bad movie in general.

  • August 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I find it strange he didn’t come to the conclusion that this was a movie based more on Super Mario World. The whole thing about dinosaurs in this movie tipped me off, Super Mario World takes place in Dinosaur Land, so i thought, Dinosaur Land= lots of dinosaurs

    • December 3, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Yeah but I don’t think that it came out during Super Mario Brothers World.

  • December 3, 2015 at 11:45 am

    This movie wasn’t all that bad, for a movie based on a video game. It could not have been as great as other movies, it was doomed from the beginning. A bunch of scenes with Mario and Luigi platforming, c’mon… can ANYONE say that would’ve looked good?! They did the best with what they had and in that decade, it wouldn’t have been possible for it to be as good as you’d think it should be. That aside, it isn’t so bad of a movie.

  • Rojiace

    March 9, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I think this could have been a great Mario Bros. movie. The only reason it turned out so bad is the change in the directors and total script rewrite. What really gets me is that the Director had not even played the game themselves as research material and just scooted right past it.

  • July 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Ah, there’s so much stuff to comment on with this video, it’s so hard to choose.

    I think I should start with how it’s not like the environments of the games.

    If you think about it, that’s not exactly true. The sprawling Dinosaur City is basically World X-4 from the original game writ large.

    It’s dark and gloomy, and there are spikes everywhere, just like the floor and ceiling tiles of the Bowser levels.

    (Also, there’s a Bullet Bill’s bar somewhere in that city, so the Stomper Boot cartridges aren’t the only reference.)

  • October 10, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Why did you remove the clips??? Why did you remove parts of your review? I remember it being at least 18 minutes long and also in the cliffhanger, the two guys saying the line ‘The Super Koopa Kousins!’ Where is that? Why did you remove it? T_T

    • Weldin Dunn

      November 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      It’s because of the fuckin’ youtube copyright system.

  • January 28, 2017 at 3:27 am

    so what happened with this video? I remember that i had some fragments of the movie and now it’s just images, It’s not that I don’t like it anymore but I just would like to know

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