We were never going to like Super Mario Bros.: The Movie

Super Mario Bros.: The Movie is the most reviled film in the history of video game cinema. I used to believe that it was so bad, it’s the reason why video game movies are scoffed at to this day. But it turns out that’s not true; the movie’s failure has less to do with the content itself (although it is a pretty wild movie) and more to do with the weird moment in American history in which it arrived.

Prior to 1993, video games and any related media were dismissed as superficial commercial goods. They were meant for children only, and they were considered relatively harmless compared to other media of the era, like the
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