Movies inspired by the gaming world are nothing new in Hollywood, but the ones released this spring are as retro as it gets. Here are three recent films inspired by video, arcade, and board games that put a nostalgic twist on this popular genre.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
The Super Mario Bros. Movie proves that 90s nostalgia is alive and well since it managed to score the biggest opening for a video game movie following its release. It tells the all-familiar story of Nintendo’s plumbing duo Mario and Luigi, as they venture through the Mushroom Kingdom.
This Apple TV+ film is inspired by the most addictive block-building game of all time, but it’s not a direct adaptation. Since Tetris doesn’t have an actual plot like Super Mario, the film inspired by this game focuses on Henk Rogers’s wild race to secure the international licensing rights for this game in the midst of the Cold War.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Honor Among Thieves draws inspiration from the iconic RPG game Dungeons & Dragons, which experienced a huge boom during the 70s. It tries to replicate the magic of playing this game by telling the story of a charming thief and a group of adventurers embarking on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic.