Because 1993’s Super Mario Bros. film starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo didn’t inject nearly enough gritty urban realism into the iconic Nintendo franchise, here’s The Four Players, a series of YouTube shorts from screenwriter Evan Daughtery that reimagines Mario and Luigi as seasoned travelers through the seedy underbelly of what seems like New York City.
The first installment, “The Fixer” (above) introduces us to Mario, a hard-nosed “fixer” who makes magic mushroom smoothies and sledgehammers things in his spare time, and episode two shows Luigi as a drug addict at an AA meeting. What will happen next? We shall see. Princess Peach seems to be involved.