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Desc:A SEVEN AND A HALF MINUTE scene of kids playing Super Mario Bros. 3.
Category:Humor, Classic Movies
Tags:Nintendo, Super Mario, 80s, the wizard, fred savage
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Comment count is 36
baleen - 2007-08-08

The star jimmy, the star. I wonder if Nintendo could launch this advertisement-as-movie these days.
afp3683 - 2007-08-08
They could easily do it for the next Pokemon game.

RomancingTrain - 2007-08-08
They've done it more than once for each pokemon game. they're on game 4 and movie 12 I think.

EvilHomer - 2007-08-08
Things I remember from this movie: the Power Glove, and the location of the Warp Whistle. And that's it.
Jeff Fries - 2007-08-08
I learned that King Kong isn't real. :(

lolcoolj - 2007-08-08
I learned that the power glove was SO BAD.

Xenocide - 2007-08-08
Perhaps the greatest, most shameless product placement of all time. At the time SMB3 was about two months away from release so naturally little kindergarten Xeno was in awe at this sequence.

But the SMB3 thing was an important plot point, because the little savant boy was only good at games he "knew," and playing a brand new game competitively was like his retard kryptonite. HOLY CRAP PEOPLE, THE SUSPENSE.
Billings - 2007-08-08
The amazing thing is that SMB3 really did rule that much.
Exegesis_Saves - 2007-08-08
True 'dat. SMB3 was worth every ounce of hype.

Endoris - 2007-08-08
I was super excited about it when it came out, and even yesterday I was telling someone about how awesome the Tanuki suit is. An ageless game, indeed!

uekibachi - 2007-08-08
i wonder what that girl playing the game is doing these days.
Lindner - 2007-08-08
"The Stalking of Laurie Show" in 2000. That's about it.

revdrew - 2007-08-08
Our local arcade managed to get a SMB3 in their Playchoice-10 right before this movie came out, but I still happily went to see and enjoyed this anyway. That's how big of a nerd I am/was.
zatojones - 2007-08-08
I learned just yesterday that the little girl in this movie is Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley
onemorepanic - 2007-08-08
Pinski from Salute Your Shorts is her band-mate.

teethsalad - 2007-08-08
i saw this in the theater as a small, small child. nostalgia attack.

nintendo's marketing ploys make me wistful against my will, what can i say.

Hugo Gorilla - 2007-08-08
A touching tale of autism, Fred Savage's ham acting, and Nintendo's pursuit of the pre-teen demographic.
Zarathustra00 - 2007-08-08
Wow it's been so long since I saw this that I was starting to believe that I'd just imagined it. Great post
Angel Carver - 2007-08-08
I still get chills when Jimmy gets the star.
Dib - 2007-08-08
You moron, hold down on the white block to duck behind the background and you could have gotten a warp whistle earlier. Wasn't that obvious?
Screwtape - 2007-08-08

50,000 on Double Dragon! Go Jimmy.
Caminante Nocturno - 2007-08-08
Even back then, I knew this movie was a 90-minute commercial for SMB3. Not that it mattered or discouraged me from watching it, because it was a 90-minute long commercial for one of the greatest video games ever.

It was also the first movie I ever saw in the theater alone, because my parents refused to watch it.
jhudsui - 2007-08-08
Your parents sound like good people. How is that they failed?

Caminante Nocturno - 2007-08-09
It is YOU who has failed me, jhudsui!

Pandatronic - 2007-08-08
Five stars for the inclusion of big/small world, the greatest Mario gimmick ever.
Unmerciful Crushing Force - 2007-08-08
Very yes.

I somehow missed this in theaters when I was a kid, but seeing it now I find myself really digging just how classy the cinematography is.

Apparently the guy went on to do stuff like The Royal Tannenbaums, Dogma and The Life Aquatic.

simon666 - 2007-08-08
i'd just like to say the red haired girl is the lead singer of the band Rilo Kiley... weird.
coprolalia - 2007-08-08
You have to love how their scoring system is based on nothing at all.

And the hell with all the actors, we all knew SMB3 was the star here.
onemorepanic - 2007-08-09
Autism ftw!
Quad9Damage - 2007-08-16
"Jimmy begins world 2!" That's not world 2...

And how could the girl know what the magic flute did if nobody had ever seen the game before?
FABIO2 - 2007-09-25
I liked how in this movie's world every single arcade carried nothing but NES games.
FABIO2 - 2007-09-25
Bonus nerd note: I practiced on a bunch of games like Jimmy for the 1990 Nintendo World Championship contest.

Then the contest came and I found out the whole thing was who best at tetris and nothing else =\

I mean, tetris was iconic and all, but Nintendo to kids was all about being fireball throwing ninja plumbers, and you make the centerpiece of your system's major event a falling block puzzle game?

revdrew - 2008-03-30
Holy shit, exactly. It was basically get through SMB and Rad Racer as quick as possible, and then rack up as many points as possible on Tetris. Too bad I stuck at Tetris.

Ghoul - 2007-10-15
Here's a fun game. Do a shot everytime the autistic kid says California.

Nikon - 2009-08-02
Owww, my head ...

a flaming monkey - 2007-10-25
Damn! That Mora chick is FINE!!!
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