Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Foreman Spike Was the Original Wario
Heads up: Minor spoilers for movie!
This past week, the new Super Mario Bros. movie hit theaters. I saw it the Wednesday it opened in Los Angeles, and among the people rushing out to see it, I was probably unique in that I was curious to see how it handled Foreman Spike. Longtime fans had a lot to be concerned about, from Chris Pratt’s controversial take on Mario to whether the film would “girlboss” Princess Peach in a way that betrayed her character in the games. These were issues I was concerned with as well, but given my affection for underloved, underserved Super Mario characters, I was most interested to see how this nearly forgotten Wrecking Crew villain would figure into the story.