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The Wizard

I’m sure I watched this back in the day, but I had zero memory of the story — other than it culminates in a tournament, and Super Mario Bros. 3 makes an appearance. Didn’t even remember that Christian Slater is in this! I really don’t get why they wanted to mix a pretty serious drama with the video game backdrop — it’s the dramatic (and downer) content that slows the movie down, and it acts as a weird contrast with the video game stuff. If it was just the video game stuff (kids want to get to a tournament), then it would be much more enjoyable and a fun trip back to that era.

By Jean Snow

Senior Manager, Esports at Ubisoft. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.