The video game market is full of games whose characters and plot were based on movies. Not as well-known are those games that were so popular that full-length movies were created, based on the games. Some of the games are just for entertainment but other games include options to make online blackjack – type bets and win payouts.
There are dozens of movies whose plots and characters were based on video games. Some of the best include:
Super Mario Bros.
Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. is probably the most famous game-turned-movie. There are actually dozens of Super Mario Bros. games, ranging from the simple Super Mario Land, Super Mario Crossover and Cat Super Mario to the more sophisticated Nimble Mario, Flash Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bomber.
The 1993 movie was made after the first several Super Mario games had established the franchise as an American favourite.
The superhero comedy/fantasy film follows the Mario Brothers as they set out to rescue Princess Daisy from a universe ruled by the evil President Koopa. Many of the elements of the film were drawn from contemporary American culture but also from beloved fairy tales.
The film was envisioned as a subversive comedy with a dark tone, similar to the well-received Ghostbusters. It featured innovative special effects, star performances and creative artistic direction. The film gained a cult following, spurring the development of a webcomic sequel almost 20 years later.
For Super Mario Bros. fans who haven’t gotten enough of their favourite characters and plots in the games and the 1993 film, another full-length movie is presently beginning production. It has a tentative release date of 2022.
Mortal Kombat is not a game for the faint-of-heart. Over the years the popular series has developed as a horror-fantasy themed fighting game with Secret Fighters and goals of reaching Ultimate Battles. The original game spawned spin-offs and sequels and eventually evolved into action-adventure films, both animated and live-action.
Many of the same game characters from the games – Baraka, Kitana, Sektor and Scorpion – can be found in the Mortal Kombat movies. There are humans and cyborgs, residents of the Outworld and other worlds and both good and evil deities.
The franchise revolves around a fictional universe in which 18 realms, created by Elder Gods, exist. Some of these realms are peaceful while others are chaotic and inhospitable. Realms aim to conquer their neighbours, which they can only do by defeating the defending realm’s warriors in 10 consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments.
Two major motion pictures have been released, based on the Mortal Kombat game. The first film, released in 1993, was a financial success that grossed $70 million in the U.S. and gained a cult following. A follow-up film, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, performed poorly at the box office and was panned by critics and movie-goers alike. Last month it was announced that a series reboot had entered pre-production. Release date is set for March 2021.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
The Lara Croft: Tomb Raider series has captured the imagination of several generations of gamers as players experience a twist in the traditional action plot – this hero is a heroine and she doesn’t need any men around in order to succeed in her missions (though her outfits do fit the stereotypical image of a sexy woman adventurer – to be truthful, one of the reasons for the game’s success).
The Tomb Raider franchise based its plot on the exploits of a fictional British archaeologist, Lara Croft, who infiltrates dangerous ruins and tombs and searches for lost artefacts in dangerous places around the world. Tomb Raider games have been extraordinarily successful and have sold over 67 million copies worldwide. The plots pioneered the action-adventure genre of video games and Lara Croft is, today, one of the most recognizable video game protagonists.
The Lara Croft films were based on the idea of a female heroine who successfully overcomes all adversaries to achieve her goals. The first Lara Croft movie was released in 2001, and featured Angelina Jolie and became the highest-grossing film on its opening weekend. The film was followed by a 2003 film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Cradle of Life but no further films were released after that, possibly due to the fact that, after the 2001 film’s sell-out premier weekend, interest died down and the reviews of the films were mediocre at best.
DOA: Dead or Alive
DOA: Dead or Alive is a fighting game that was released in 1996 by Tecmo for arcade play. It has been followed by multiple additional DOA: Dead or Alive games, most of which are played on home ports including the latest games which have been adapted for the PlayStation.
The original game and its 7 sequels are set in a futuristic world inhabited by humans and supernatural creatures. The game centres around tournaments in which participants compete in different types of martial arts while an evil Committee tries to create an “ultimate fighter” while more level heads attempt to thwart his goals.
The game proved so successful that a film, based on the game, was produced. In the film, four female fighters attend the invitational martial arts contest, first as rivals and then as comrades who work together to uncover festival organizer’s secret.
The iconic Pokémon is one of the most successful casino games of all times. Pokémon was a pioneer in the video games industry and its success is largely due to the fact that it has evolved throughout time. There have been 2 Pokémon movies, one in 1999 and a second which is due for release this year. The storylines revolve around the adventures of the fictional Pokémon creatures where Pokémon Trainers (humans), catch and train the little Pokémon creatures in the Pokémon universe.
Detective Pikachu is a popular character in the Pokémon game series and he appears in the films, helping to solve mysteries. In the 2nd film, Detective Pikachu takes centre stage as the main character. Both movies show how the whimsical Pokémon story and characters make the successful transition from the gaming screen to the Big Screen.