Aug 2, 2014
Super Mario Brothers
Mario Brothers appeared in arcades in 1983, and the Nintendo home game Super Mario Brothers in 1987. Oddly enough, my parents were fans. I have fond memories of summer nights in the 1990s, living in West Hollywood but back in Rock Island for a visit, the screen door open to let in a breeze, eating watermelon or corn on the cob, and listening to the theme music coming from the living room.
There was also a Super Mario Brothers All-Stars in 1993, a Super Mario Brothers Deluxe in 1999, and various games devoted to other characters in the Mario universe, but by that time my parents had lost interest.
They are sometimes accompanied by Yoshi, a sentient dinosaur, and Toad, a sentient mushroom who wears a turban.
However, none of the games involve a fade-out kiss: neither Mario nor Luigi display any heterosexual interest, leaving them open to gay subtexts. Maybe they're a gay couple, not "brothers."
A film version, Super Mario Bros., appeared in 1993. It stars Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi, plumbers in real-life Brooklyn who are zapped into a parallel Earth run by the descendants of dinosaurs, They rescue Princess Daisy, as expected.
Of course, Hollywood movies must always have a heterosexist plot, so Luigi and Daisy fall in love.
But, on the plus side, John Leguizamo has a shirtless scene (top photo), before he got all craggy and bizarre.