The 1993 Super Mario Bros. is either loved or hated by Nintendo fans. Earlier this year, SMB fans were able to get their hands on a treasure trove of extra material from the controversial movie. A deleted scene was teased over the summer, and now we have a brand-new scene, which solves one of the biggest errors in the movie. It involves the Devo chamber and fans have wondered about it for nearly 30 years now. Thankfully, the deleted scene, with some help from the novelization, gives fans the answer they’ve been waiting for.
The original Devo chamber scene curiously shows Dennis Hopper’s Koopa slipping around in ooze. Before that, we saw Toad get de-evolved into a Goomba in front of Mario and Luigi. Fans have often wondered what that slime was and where it came from. Thanks to a newly-discovered Super Mario Bros. deleted scene, we know that the slime used to be a Devo technician, who sneezed and angered Koopa. Koopa sent him into the machine and de-evolved him all the way back into primordial slime.
So when Dennis Hopper’s Koopa is seen sliding around in the final cut of Super Mario Bros., he’s actually slipping around on the Devo technician’s new form. The visual effects in the scene were never completed, but it paints a pretty good picture of what happened. Producers fought hard to have the scene included in the movie because it helped foreshadow Koopa’s impending death. However, it is believed that the studio wanted it cut because it might have been too gruesome for a young viewing audience. Now that the scene is out there, it helps confirm that the official novelization of the movie hinted at this particular scene.
More Super Mario Bros. deleted scenes are expected to hit the internet in the next few weeks. This is a treat for the cult audience that the movie has gained since 1993. Upon its release, it was universally panned and torn apart by critics and Nintendo fans. Bob Hoskins, who starred as Mario, called it easily the worst production he has ever been involved in. “It was a f**kin’ nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent,” said Hoskins. He actually had a lot more to say, but that seems to sum it up pretty well.
Regardless of the experience while making the movie, a lot of Nintendo fans have come around to Super Mario Bros. and accept it for being the bizarre adventure that it is. It’s a lot like the 1987 Masters of the Universe movie in that respect, as it really didn’t have a whole lot to do with the source material and was also riddled with behind-the-scenes problems. The latest deleted scene from the movie comes to us from the SMB Movie YouTube channel.