This past weekend I spent half of my time working on a model kit that I’ve left unfinished for more than a month now and during that time I went through a sort of movie marathon. A particular movie I saw involved a strange plot that tied in a video game tournament.
The Wizard (also known as Joy Stick Heroes in Germany and Sweet Road in Japan), is a1989 adventure dramedy film starring Fred Savage, Luke Edwards, and Jenny Lewis. The film follows three children as they travel to California so the youngest, who has a condition that makes him emotionally withdrawn, can compete in a video game tournament. The Wizard is infamous for its numerous references to video games and accessories for the Nintendo Entertainment Systemand has been called a feature length commercial. The film was also well known for being North America’s introduction to what would become one of the best-selling video games of all time,Super Mario Bros. 3.
So you got the kid from The Wonder Years and a bunch of NES games from the 80s. If you’re a 80’s or early 90’s baby and you haven’t seen this? I strongely suggest you do, right now.