Regardless of how much you enjoy the adventures of Nintendo’s plumber, this animated disappointment doesn’t deserve to be unearthed.
Although some of the most prolific video game movies are live-action Hollywood productions, anime movies are definitely some of the best. In 1986, an anime movie based on Super Mario Bros. came out, but regardless of how much you enjoy the adventures of Nintendo’s plumber, this animated disappointment doesn’t deserve to be unearthed.
So here’s what you should know in terms of story: Mario and Luigi are playing video games in their living room when their TV set comes to life and the characters from the game come out of the screen. Mario briefly meets Princess Peach and falls in love with her, but Bowser kidnaps her. Both Mario and Luigi eventually find a way to go to the Mushroom Kingdom and the legendary brothers have their chance to rescue the princess, as well as defeating Bowser. I understand that this animated film aimed at a young audience, but the story’s absolutely uninspired and hackneyed.
The animation is incredibly rough, even by 1986 standards. In fact, the animation is so bad that I would go as far as comparing it to some of the Philips CD-i games you’ve heard so much about. The voice acting isn’t very good either and some of the most iconic sounds from the game are used in some of the most annoying and uninspired ways possible.
Despite all of its problems, it’s hard to call this one of the of the worst movies of all time. It isn’t good by any standards, but this was the first video game movie ever made, it was made for a young Japanese audience and some of the most recognizable elements from the games are all here. Also, it isn’t nearly as bad as the live-action movie (then again, few movies are) and it is shorter. That said, I’d only recommend this movie to avid Super Mario fans who would like to know one of the most obscure parts about the popular Nintendo mascot. I’ll guarantee that you won’t enjoy it, but you’d be exposed to one of the most obscure parts about the franchise.
Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! (this translates to Super Mario Bros: The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach) is more of a collector’s item, since few copies of the animated film are known to exist. Other than that, this is just an incredibly rare part of Super Mario Bros. and some fans will be interested in checking this out regardless of its quality. In the end, it’s hard to criticize this movie since it was the first video game movie ever made, but it’s still hard to watch and there are better ones out there.