A question I’ve gotten recently from a number of readers is: “What do Japanese fans think of the American Super Mario movie?”
I don’t really have much info on how it was initially received since that was like, what, 20 something years ago, but last year it was released on DVD in Japan, so I’ve collected some reactions from that. More recently, Bob Hoskins, who played Mario in the movie, passed away. I’ve taken comments from a variety of Japanese articles about that as well.
After the DVD release was announced in 2013:
What a weird time to release it after it’s been so long
People want to pretend this never existed? I didn’t know that. It was pretty good, in my opinion.
God-like DVD thanks Nintendo
I remember the shock when I first saw Koopa
Hey, it was pretty good, actually. I watched it when I was a kid.
What the hell? Is that a Super Scope?
I think I’ll watch this on my Wii U
This movie taught me that Bob-ombs can climb walls
Huh? It’s still never been on DVD until now?
I didn’t know everyone looked so down on it… I actually like it a lot.
This was only on VHS all this time?
Nintendo must be hurting if they need to sell this now
So, wait, Mario’s home base is in Brooklyn?
This takes me back, lol
This was a good movie.
Isn’t this the movie that had crazy ghost stuff happening in it?
I wish they’d release a box set of the live-action Mario TV show they had overseas. And they had a Zelda anime series too.
Is there even any demand for this?
I absolutely loved this. It had no Mario-ness to it, but it had respect. The bad guys were dinosaurs that evolved into humans, but not all of them were bad. Traitors would get modification surgery, as I recall. I’d like to see the jump shoes and such again. Maybe I’ll buy a copy of this.
In modern terms, this is like the live-action Dragon Ball movie.
I think it was a decent movie. I heard it wasn’t originally meant to be a Mario movie.
It may be shunned but it’ll always have a place in my heart.
I wish they’d also do a Legend of Zelda: The Future. 20XX: the Master Sword travels through time to the present day. Please make it happen
I have this on LaserDisc
This takes me back. I saw it on the way back from a school field trip. I remember it being really exciting.
They used to advertise this all the time on the old Super Mario Club show. All I remember is Yoshi being an ordinary old monster.
I remember this being pretty good.
Better than Mario stuff these days
I recorded this off of the TV way back. I hate Mario games but I liked this movie.
I hardly remember it at all except that it’s pretty good if you view it as a parody movie.
Whoa, he’s using a Super Scope! I didn’t think foreigners knew about that
This brings back memories! I watched this so much that the tape wore out. I’m surprised at the awesome cast now that I look at it!
Who asked for this?
After Bob Hoskins’ Death in 2014:
Never heard of this movie
The fact you’ve never heard of this movie is hard to believe. It’s infamously, historically bad.
I recall the movie being more interesting than the actual games
Someone stop Nintendo’s devolution!
What the heck? That’s one crazy Yoshi. It looks like it could be a T-rex.
Nintendo should just let Mario rest already
Rest in peace
Yoshi was just a straight-up reptile creature, while Koopa was a human…
I bet a live-action Zelda nowadays could do better than this.
The curse of Nintendo
Whoa, this takes me back! I remember finding it recorded on one of our VHS tapes for some reason and was like, “Whoa, what is this?!”
He shouldn’t have gotten involved with Mario
Why are you bringing up Mario? Bob Hoskins won the Cannes award for Mona Lisa and stuff
I saw this Mario when I was a kid but I was extremely confused by it.
I think they could make a decent Mario movie if they let Disney handle the CG.
The bad guys were so gross that I was traumatized as a kid. The Bob-ombs were cute, though.
May he rest in peace.
This is a pointless article.
Review-wise, it looks like scores are all over the place. It’s highly-rated on some sites, but poorly-rated on others. At this review site the movie has low scores from a lot of reviewers:
On Amazon, the DVD is pretty decently rated, though:
On other sites, it’s got an okay rating:
In summary, it looks like opinions about the movie are all over the place. I was actually expecting Japanese reviews and opinions of the movie to be extremely scathing, so I’m pleasantly surprised at the amount of positive reception I’ve seen about it!
You know, I haven’t seen the movie in a long, long time, so I’m not sure what I think about it anymore. Maybe I should check it out in Japanese now that it’s on DVD and see what got changed, if anything!Follow @ClydeMandelin