The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! is an television series based upon Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2. It is the first of three TV shows based on the video game series, with the other being The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. It was originally broadcast via first-run syndication from September 4, 1989 to December 1, 1989, with reruns continuing until September 6, 1991.
Why It Rocks
- Great voice acting (Except Toad.)
- Great characters.
- Good grasp of the source material.
- They decided to merge the mid bosses from Mario 2 with Bowser (aka King Koopa) from Mario 1, which makes surprisingly good results.
- Tolerable music (escpecially the Plumber Rap and Do The Mario) However, most of the music wasn't really made up or inspiring, they were just popular songs that people listen to in real life.
- Very creative worlds, even if the names are lazy most of the time.
- Princess Toadstool is actually an active character who fights back instead of being a damsel who has be saved all the time. She still gets kidnapped but does manage to fight back sometimes.
- Cheap animation with lots of errors.
- Mario and Luigi act too much like Italian stereotypes often.
- Overuse of pasta puns in the dialogue.
- Most of the episodes are just cheap parodies of popular films. (Toad Warriors, Star Koopa, Raiders of the Lost Mushroom, Princess, I Shrunk the Mario Brothers)
- Toad has an annoying voice.
- Most of the episodes settings made no sense, with no explanation of how the characters ended up there.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show has a 6.3/10 rating on the IMDB, a 8.2/10 on TV.Com, and has a Google Users rating of "91% liked this TV show. Mark Bozon of IGN referred the series as "the biggest offender among Nintendo's many embarrassing moments" but thought that the animated shorts were "interesting to look back on". Common Sense Media rated the show 1 out of 5 stars, stating that the "frenetic '80s cult fave with stereotypes hasn't aged well." Mike Hughes of USA Today described the series as a "surprising disappointment", opening that the series has "little of the wit and spark" and relies too heavily on slapstick.