(This month we will be showcasing some great articles provided by our friends at TotalFilm.com 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.