We grew up playing the game, watching Nintendo cereal commercials, and being scarred by the live-action, “Super Mario Bros.” movie. So a little bit of niggling nostalgia will always make us click on the latest video or art parody of our favorite video game brothers.
I clicked on one such video homage this very day. Sure, I initially clicked because it stars a cat wearing a Mario costume, but I stayed because the video is charming and well done with a funny surprise. It’s the most adorable effort of a princess rescue you’ll probably ever see.
Even if the Mario visuals don’t suck you in, those iconic Mario sound effects just might do the trick. Each ring of a coin, crunch of a brick, and warp of a pipe will hit you right in your childhood. It also doesn’t hurt that the cat starring in this video has a built-in, furry mustache, just like a-Mario.
Since I love cats, I know that they mostly do what they want, even though they certainly are trainable and good creatures. So I can’t imagine the amount of footage they had to shoot then edit to make the cat fit into the jumping and brick-hitting action in every Mario game.
But I’m sure Michael Tivikoff, AKA YouTube user Mr.TVCow, knew exactly what he was getting into. His channel is full of pop culture-based videos starring cats and bunnies, which you can check out here.