when you think about Nintendo, most imagine Mario and your friends real quick. Characters helped define the company for fans around the world, and over the years Nintendo has done a lot to promote super Mario and image. Decades ago, it even created a little-known anime set in the Mushroom Kingdom, and the classic series now has a 4K remaster for everyone to enjoy.
The project is courtesy of Femboy Films, an independent group that came together to remaster Super Mario Bros. – The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach. The anime, which debuted in 1986, is one of the first to tackle Nintendo's mascot for television. So, as you can imagine, fans are curious to see how his remaster came about.
According to Femboy Films, the remaster was made possible by an original "16mm reduction print likely used for small local screenings in the past". The group believes it is one of the few, if not the only surviving copy of Nintendo's first anime. So it's one of the best things ever made!
“VHS was originally released with Dolby Surround 2-channel, which is preserved in the audio capture here,” continued Femboy Films. “This more accurately reflects how the movie would sound in theaters as it was released with 4-channel Dolby Stereo there.” As you can imagine, this anime special is a piece of history, so Femboy Films did a thorough job.
You can watch the 4K makeover on YouTube clicking here, or above. Adventure comedy is a must for Nintendo historians and Mario lovers. It follows Princess Peach as she stumbles into Mario's world and finds herself kidnapped by Bowser, who wants to return her to the Mushroom Kingdom. In the real world, Mario and Luigi are forced to save Princess Peach inside their video game kingdom, and things get crazy from there.