Interested in learning what's next for the gaming industry? Join gaming executives to discuss emerging parts of the industry this October at GamesBeat Summit Next. Register today.


Everyone’s favorite Nintendo savant is back, and it’s time to laugh at him.

Rifftrax, a site about making fun of movies (also called “riffs”) from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew, just released its take on The Wizard. For those of you unlucky enough to have never seen this classic, it is a 1989 Hollywood film about a boy who is gifted at playing video games. Naturally, he ends up going to California to compete in a Nintendo competition where the publisher reveals Super Mario Bros. 3 for the first time. Even back when the movie first came out, kids could tell that this was really one big commercial for Nintendo and its products. But that doesn’t mean it is lacking in entertainment!

The Wizard features Rad Racer, Double Dragon, and Ninja Gaiden. It also has human attractions like Fred Savage, Christian Slater, and Beau Bridges, the older brother of Jeff Bridges. But let’s not even pretend like any of those people or things are the reason you remember this movie because here is the real star:

Event

GamesBeat Summit Next 2022

Join gaming leaders live this October 25-26 in San Francisco to examine the next big opportunities within the gaming industry.

Register Here

The Power Glove! That’s right. Nintendo’s mythical controller that enables you to reach into the television and touch the games! Only the Powerglove sucked, and it’s scenes like the one above that make The Wizard perfect for riffing.

This is the latest release from Rifftrax, which comprises many of the stars from the beloved cult classic television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. That show turned a generation onto the joys of lobbing sarcastic remarks at bad movies, and the crew of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett are still doing it today.

You can check out a preview of The Wizard track on the Rifftrax website, where they share gems like this one:

Movie: “AH! He touched my breast!”

Rifftrax: “Remember, kids! You can’t spell ‘molestation’ without ‘NES.'”

Can’t wait to watch this!

 

GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Discover our Briefings.