This month on G&TV, we’re taking you back to the early-to-mid-1990s, a time when Sonic and Mario were competing for console supremacy, bespoke promotional home videos were an effective means of advertising, and a skin-headed Craig Charles was the go-to presenter for edgy, youth-oriented, low-budget productions. Combine all three and you get 1993’s Super Mario All-Stars video, given away by Nintendo in the UK to promote its namesake SNES game, and indeed the console in general. The nearly twenty minute tape has been uploaded in full by games journalist Chris Scullion, as part of a VHS preservation project.
In a huge stretch for Craig, he’s playing the only human on board a giant red spaceship, albeit one in the shape of a big N, and which has the ability to beam its crew members down to the Nintendo call centre so that they can meet the staff. In the trademark needlessly aggressive presenting style of Craig’s early work, he introduces segments such as unsurprisingly positive previews of forthcoming games, the making of Nigel Mansell’s World Championship Racing, and reviews of the latest Nintendo games and accessories, delivered by extremely bored-sounding men, which the editors elect to jazz up by throwing every available contemporary video effect at them simultaneously. Along with the obligatory tips and tricks section, this is basically an episode of Bad Influence!, but exclusively about the SNES, and not as good.
Sonic was clearly better than Mario anyway.