Nostalgia Critic dissects the Super Mario Bros. comics


Internet personality Doug Walker is well-known for his Nostalgia Critic character, which has ripped through countless nostalgic movies and TV shows from the 1980s to the 1990s. Walker started out small with his now popular character, but it has since exploded with millions of views on his website.

Now, after bringing back the Nostalgia Critic character from a short hiatus back in early February, Walker digs deep into pop culture items with bi-weekly editorials. This week, surprisingly, Walker’s Nostalgia Critic covered Super Mario Adventures, a monthly comic that appeared in the now recently defunct Nintendo Power during the early 1990s. Walker speaks about how Nintendo and Nintendo Power (respectively) were able to bring the company’s most-cherished franchise into a new medium with much more character and depth. For example, Walker dissects how Princess Peach (called Toadstool in the comics at the time of release) is able to ditch away with the stereotypical “Damsel-in-distress” persona and become a funny and, at times, richly developed character. Even Bowser is given a well-though backstory on a legitimate reason for kidnapping the princess. Not only that, but Mario is shown to be well-versed and charismatic leader in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Throughout the video’s 10 minute length, Doug Walker describes how the comic has become a bit of a cult with one YouTube user creating a series videos with all of the comics stills and one fan publishing a graphic novel including each issue.

You watch the entire Nostalgia Critic video here.

In the comments below, tell us what you remember from the Super Mario Adventures comic. Do you think Nintendo should try to tackle this medium again or that they should try to adapt the comics’ character traits with the main series of Mario games?


Harrison Milfeld is a writer, editor, and freelance journalist from Missouri. Ever since he could walk, Harrison has been an avid fan of the world of Nintendo. For years, he has purchased every one of the company's subsequent products (yes, including the Virtual Boy and eReader). It wasn't until he was a young teen when he bought a PS2 that he began to embrace cross-console relations, a decision he doesn't regret. When he's not gaming, Harrison is looking to break into the magazine journalism industry and realize his dream of becoming a features reporter.