What are the best and worst videogame movies?

(This month we will be showcasing some great articles provided by our friends at who are having a Movies and Videogames month: first up, the Best and Worst Videogame movies...)

Videogame adaptations are like a walk through minefield; sure there might be a couple of safe zones, but more often than not you're going to stand on a bomb.

Based on that analogy, this attempt to fashion a Best & Worst feature from the pantheon of videogame adaptations seems ill-advised and downright foolhardy, but nobody ever said we were wise.

Join us as we try to persuade you that good videogame adaptations do exist, even if they can only be deemed good as the lesser of two evils. For your consideration...

Best and Worst Super Mario Bros. Movie

The Best:  Super Mario Bros: Great Mission To Rescue Princess Peach (1986)

Why It Rocks: The first Mario movie is a Japanese anime featuring Californian Grocery Store owner Mario, and his greedy brother Luigi, who enter a videogame world in order to save Princess Peach.

Released in Japan only on VHS, this is now one of the rarest movies in the world, with copies of the original cassette going for up to $180. Bootleg cassettes are available, and it has been uploaded to youtube with fanmade subtitles.

The Worst: Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Why It Sucks: The first big-budget video game adaptation was also the first big-budget videogame adap-turkey. Yes, we just invented a word.

Starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the Mario Bros., the film took the plot of the video games, shat on it, set it on fire, then danced on its ashes. Critics, fans and the actors themselves all hated it, though it has a cult following.

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  • fallenink - November 7, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    The only video game to movies I enjoyed was silent hill. but this works both ways. like terrible games made from movie adaptions to video games
  • Conman93 - September 10, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    If done right, I think a movie adaption of Zelda would be mindblowing
  • zigs - September 10, 2009 1:01 a.m.

    Heh, after seeing the article name, i was about to post a comment shaming your unoriginality, and tell you that TotalFilm did this exact idea earlier in the week. Great to see this crossover of my two favourite publications.
  • Terro - September 9, 2009 6:50 p.m.

    @ AshLynx The third pokemon movie just had an awful plot. A girl whose Dad gets kidnapped by Unknown, and then Entei appears for some reason and looks after her, whilst she grows from a 5 year old, into an adult, and then back into a child. It's the worst of them all.
  • AshLynx - September 9, 2009 3:34 p.m.

    What was wrong with the third Pokemon movie? I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two when I was younger (also, the 2000 movie was the 2nd one, make up their minds!), but seriously, none of the movies followed along the story of the show, they all took place to the side of it at some random point, why bash the third one alone for that? That'd be like bashing the show in general for only marginally following the (far superior IMO) games. And from what I've heard, most everyone hated Spirits Within (even if it does look nice).
  • the12yearoldotaku - September 9, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    I hope Prince of Persia is good
  • Armyofnone - September 9, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    Interesting set. I wouldn't agree with a lot of their picks, (Then again, I was a sucker for Max Payne, so I guess I'm exempt), thanks for the article GamesRadar/TotalFilm
  • super0sonic - September 13, 2009 6:06 a.m.

    I love the live action mario movie. i own it on DVD.
  • Cyberninja - September 9, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    they should have put the new street fighter on the other one was funny
  • Tomsta666 - September 9, 2009 8 p.m.

    Street Fighter: The Animated Movie is the best example of a videogame movie, full stop. Toatl fan-servic, faithful to source material and just all round bad arse! But because it's anime it doesnt get the credit it deserves. All anyone ever remembers about it is that Chun Li gets her tits out. <_<
  • elchetos - September 9, 2009 7:17 p.m.

    I don't know... I find it hard to agree with anyone who says that the D.O.A. movie was good... It was so bad it was fun to watch... Once. Also, RE Extinction? Seriously? I guess there weren't many options when it came to zombie movies. Good article, some bad choices.
  • wastedspace - September 9, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    Wow. I know they did well at marking the "best of" most of those movies were terrible
  • NotBraze - September 9, 2009 3:04 p.m.

    Yeah, I just read the list and it confirmed my belief that there will never EVER be a good movie based on a video game (Peter Jackson and Niell Blomkamp's Halo had potential but we saw how fast that dissolved into production hell). Although what I would love to see is Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight, The Prestige) take on BioShock. It's never going to happen but I can dream can't I? ;)
  • hectorv1979 - September 9, 2009 2:38 p.m.

    wow a uwe boll movie made it on the best side thats kind of scary. there was a far cry movie?
  • jackburnt - September 9, 2009 1:30 p.m.

    I like the Super Mario Bros movie. Now, here's the the thing: You can't expect a real adaptation. It's more "inspired" by than actually "based" on. But it's a good time.