Ah, nostalgia. It’s the feeling that drives so many of my purchases. It’s one of the reasons I listen to chiptunes and am driven to buy old games every chance I get. It’s the reason I have a fantastic piece of ‘Golden Axe’ inspired artwork on my wall. It’s also the only possible reason to re-watch some of those “classic” Saturday morning cartoons.
When I was a kid, I would wake up at 8 AM every Saturday and spend my morning riding the USA Cartoon Express. ‘G.I. Joe,’ ‘Jem,’ ‘The Real Ghostbusters,’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ occupied the beginning of my day. As my tastes changed, I started to seek out other shows that were more relevant to my primary interest – video games. For me, that show was ‘The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.’
It’s a long name, and a silly one at that. But that didn’t stop me from gobbling up every episode. Was I upset that the Koopa Kids had their names changed? Of course. Did it stop me from watching? Not at all.
If you go back and check out the show now, you might be surprised at one other big difference. Mario has a Bronx accent, rather than an Italian one. Since the show aired before Mario was given a voice in the games, there was no reason to go with anything but a bad Bob Hoskins impersonation.
Shout! Factory – the company that’s selling nearly everything I remember from my childhood – has a sweet deal on an ‘The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3’ DVD set that includes ‘Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog’ with it for just $25.99.
I have to admit to never watching ‘Sonic’ because I was a Nintendo kid back in the day. The character of Sonic is voiced by none other than Jaleel “Urkel” White, though it’s hard to tell whether that’s a selling point or not.