What Were They Thinking: Super Mario Bros. The Movie

It’s that time once again for another installment of What Were They Thinking. If you are unsure about what’s going on here, please refer to this previous article for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something which proves that sometimes combining different forms of entertainment together doesn’t always constitute success. What am I talking about you might ask? Read on to find out.

Our sixth entry in this series isn’t going to necessarily focus on any specific game or accessory, but more on something associated with them instead. It was spring of 1993, and the Super Mario Bros. Series was the most popular thing in the industry at the time. So as you might expect, with any successful idea comes a slew of people who want to make money off of it. Most of the ideas were pretty harmless like clothes, lunch boxes, food items, etc. Then when word spread about there being a Super Mario Bros. Movie coming out, people got excited. Unfortunately the end result turned out feeling more like eating a spoiled mushroom than obtaining a power star, which to put into as simple terms as possible it was bad, really bad.

So where did everything go wrong? Well for starters the opening theme song is the theme for the original game, which then leads into a story about dinosaurs and other dimensions that has absolutely nothing to do with the franchise what so ever. It was like the creators thought that since nothing else about the film coincides with the source material at all, why not just do something that gives them a false sense of hope instead. Some other lame attempts at this include toad being a musician, goombas being small headed henchmen, making the main characters last names Mario, and many more failed ideas that I could complain about for many years to come. Throw in a group of actors (Hoskins, Leguizamo, and Hopper) who all had a horrible time working on this movie, terrible acting, and some ugly special effects (even for the time), and you have something that was doomed to fail from the start, which is a shame because it could have been something special.

The reason why I brought this to your attention was because I am a fan of all things Mario. After spending some time playing Mario Party 10 recently, it got me thinking about him, and all of his successes and failures over the years. Sadly, I was one of those people who went to see the movie during it’s first week of release with a feeling of hope and excitement, only to be sorely disappointed with the end result. Thankfully, most of what followed from this game wise turned out to be awesome experiences that will never be forgotten, because without them, my love for the industry would have otherwise faded away into obscurity, never to be heard from again.

Super Mario Bros. The Movie was an ambitious first attempt to translate video games to movies that bit off a bit more than it could chew, eventually spiraling into a whirlwind of disaster that it could never recover from. A trip to the Mushroom Kingdom can be fun, but not when it’s done like this.

If you have any stories about this movie, or have any other suggestions for this series, feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Marc Villa
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What's up guys. My name is Marc and I am the Editor-in-Chief here @ PlayStation Insider. I have been writing about video games and tech since 2010. I have a strong passion for video game trends and all things buzzing in the gaming industry. Add me on Playstation Network "illmaticcrook"
  • I find it a rather good movie. For a whatever happened tot eh dinosaurs movie. As a Super Mario Bros movie, it wasn’t.

  • And they cut the rallying Rap Iggy and whoever were supposed to do.

  • SmashPro

    I actually enjoyed the movie; it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. It was a VERY poor attempt at making a Mario movie, but I still found it entertaining. If it went under the guise of a different title, I think a lot more people would see in a better light. Despite that, my thoughts are still the same: What were they thinking?