It's been 35 years since Mario - Nintendo's iconic, portly plumber - made his debut in Donkey Kong. If you're feeling nostalgic (and own an iPhone or iPad), you can download Super Mario Run, Nintendo's first mobile Mario game.
It's a lot of fun, for good reason - Nintendo has made sure that its flagship franchise has been treated with the utmost care and quality. But nobody's perfect, and there have been some truly baffling uses of Mario. So rest your thumbs and enjoy five of the weirdest moments in Mario history.
After Nintendo's deal with Sony to develop the first PlayStation went belly-up, they decided to let Philips make a Mario game for its ill-fated CDi system. The result was a game where Mario visits a series of hotels and saves the princess by, uh, closing a bunch of doors.
And then there are the cutscenes:
If you liked that, be sure to check out the equally bizarre Zelda: The Faces of Evil. Moving on...
Real-Life Mario Kart
Ah, Super Mario Kart - one of the most purely fun racers of all time, settler of dorm room arguments, and the reason you check your rearview mirrors for turtle shells. Ever wondered what it might be like to actually live it? French prankster Rémi Gaillard did, and somehow lived to tell the tale.
This phrase gets thrown around a lot, but please, don't try this at home:
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Mario games have never exactly been heavy on story, but that didn't stop Hollywood from trying to make a Mario movie. The result, 1993's "Super Mario Bros." was a bizarre flop that nevertheless developed a cult following. Check out Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the titular Mario Bros, encountering some creepy-looking Goombas:
Just...like the game...
The movie also features the late Dennis Hopper as King Koopa - here he is talking about...mud.
Makes you think, doesn't it?
Mario Brothers On Ice
Once upon a time, showbiz success could be measured by whether or not your franchise got an Ice Capades-style show. So it was with Super Mario Bros. There are no words for how weird this is, so enjoy:
The Super Mario Brothers Super Show!
Yes, Mario got the inevitable Saturday morning cartoon treatment. And the theme song is a banger:
Fun fact: That's wrestling legend "Captain" Lou Albano as Mario.
And with that, it's time to get back to "Super Mario Run".