HBO Presents Mario Kart
February 07, 2023
Pedro Pascal is earning accolades for his performance in HBO's The Last of Us based on the Sony PlayStation games from Naughty Dog, but Saturday Night Live has a sneak peek at HBO's next project for Pascal, and wow it's an unexpected departure. I know the idea of a gritty Mario adventure is an old joke at this point. It's been the subject of Internet humor for decades and Nintendo itself approved the idea for the 1993 Bob Hoskins / John Leguizamo film Super Mario Bros., but to see this much time spent on something so detailed on mainstream television is just another indicator how video games have truly arrived in pop culture beyond our gaming community bubble.