After the trailers, now we have a look at a full scene
(Image credit: Nintendo/Illumination)
The first full clip from the Super Mario Bros. Movie debuted during The Game Awards, offering a look at Mario’s introduction to the Mushroom Kingdom.
The clip sees Mario as a fish out of water in a town populated by Toads, confused by such concepts as as hitting blocks to get coins and traveling through pipes. Clearly, this is Mario’s origin story. The scene ends with Mario landing – face-first – at the entrance to Princess Peach’s castle.
The brief scene is a treasure trove of Easter eggs from the series, from the Crazy Cap shop (which appeared in Super Mario Odyssey) to the selection of Super Mario Bros. 3 items appearing in the antiques shop.
My favorite details, though, come from the soundtrack. The entire score of the scene is made up of riffs on classic tracks from the original games. There’s no better way to get the Mario spirit right than by bringing Koji Kondo’s compositions in – and gosh darn it, now they’ve got me.
Prior to today’s scene reveal, we’ve seen two trailers for the Mario movie. The first trailer focused big on Bowser’s nefarious plans, while the second introduced us to Anya Taylor-Joy’s Princess Peach.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie releases in theaters on April 7, 2023. The film’s directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic of Teen Titans Go!, with a screenplay from Matthew Fogel of The Lego Movie 2.
Check out our guide to upcoming video game movies for details on all the big adaptations on the way to theaters in the next few years.
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Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He’s been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.