A "Super Mario Bros." movie released in Japan in 1986 is on its way of being digitally restored and in 4K no less.
A Norwegian video game translator and video game store owner named Stian Schultz, who goes by the Twitter handle @Carnivol, uploaded the restored, but unfinished project on YouTube.
'Super Mario Bros.' 1986 Movie Restored in 4K
"Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!" is the game at the center of Stian Schultz's restoration project.
Stian Schultz was able to find a 16 mm theatrical version of the film and has since worked on restoring and upgrading the movie, according to Kotaku. Per Kotaku, Schultz has spent around $20,000 just to obtain, scan, and restore the "Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!" film.
The restoration project is still a work-in-progress and the search is on to find someone who can finish restoring the original film as well as upgrading it to 4K.
'Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!' Background
"Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!" was originally released on July 20m 1986, in Japan. The film was never given an international release nor has it made its way to DVD.
The story follows brothers Mario and Luigi on their quest to rescue Princess Peach from King Koopa after she escaped from her game. You may know King Koopa as Bowser.
The voice cast of the film includes Toru Furuya, Yu Mizushima, Mami Yamase, and Akiko Wada.
The game is regarded as the first ever movie to be based on the video game. It is recognized as such by the Guinness World Records 2016: Gamer's Edition. The first live-action "Super Mario Bros." film was released seven years after "Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!"
Nintendo has previously stated that it intends to go back to making films.
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John Romero's 'Super Mario Bros. 3' PC Port Found
A "Super Mario Bros. 3" PC port demo built by veteran game developer John Romero and a team who would eventually become id Software has been found on a floppy disk donated to the Strong National Museum of Play. Gamers have id Software to thank for games such as "Wolfenstein" and "Doom."
According to Nintendo Life, veteran game developer John Romero released a video of the demo a few years back.
The PC port demo was built in 1990 as a pitch to Nintendo. Nintendo, however, did not approve the proposal to license an official PC port.
Per the Nintendo Life report, Andrew Borman, who works as the digital games curator at the Strong National Museum of Play, said that the floppy disk was found among data donated by a game developer who "did not work on this pitch."
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Written by Isabella James