From Super Mario Bros. to Pokémon, video games can produce characters that are part of our childhood. When a game is done well, it can be positively cinematic.
It is therefore natural that producers turn to cult video game titles for inspiration from blockbusters.
Everything from ’80s beat-em-ups to survival and horror sagas have been made into movies in the hopes that the games’ devoted fans will follow… with varying degrees of success.
Here are 12 of the most well-known video games to hit the big screen.
Super Mario Bros.
Who doesn’t love Super Mario Bros? The first game in the Super Mario series was released in 1985 and not only became one of the best-selling video games of all time, but it’s frequently cited as one of the greatest because no one can resist jump on enemies and jump. in the air for gold coins.
So it was only natural that the video game would be the first to be turned into a feature film. The result was Super Mario Bros. in 1993, with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi as they attempt to rescue Princess Daisy (Samantha Mathis) from a parallel universe controlled by President Koopa, played by Dennis Hopper.
Super Mario Bros. was both a critical and financial failure, and Hoskins called it “the worst thing I’ve ever done”. However, in recent years it has entered such bad territory and is considered a cult classic.
The movie is set to get an animated reboot soon, which is slated for release in 2022.
sonic the hedgehog
Sega released its first Sonic game in 1991 hoping to rival Super Mario, and the lightning-fast hedgehog was an instant hit, as Sonic games became one of the biggest video game franchises in the world.
A movie had been planned since the 90s but didn’t materialize until 2020, when Ben Schwartz voiced Sonic and Jim Carrey played Doctor Eggman.
The film received a major overhaul after its first trailer received near-universal reviews, due to Sonic’s human body covered in fur and horrible human teeth. Considering the backlash from its first trailer, the film received decent reviews and became the highest-grossing video game movie in North America.
A sequel has already been confirmed.
The Resident Evil series is the best-selling series of horror video games of all time, with players facing outbreaks of zombies and monsters created by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella Corporation.
To bring the games to the big screen, the character of Alice was created, played by Milla Jovovich, to battle Umbrella Corporation.
Beginning with Resident Evil in 2002, the film franchise has gone on to produce five sequels, and a reboot series starring Kaya Scodelario is in the works.
Although the films received mixed reviews, Resident Evil is credited with reviving zombie films and is the highest-grossing film series based on a video game to date.
The Tomb Raider franchise was a favorite of anyone who enjoyed action-adventure, solving puzzles in temples and tombs and locking butlers in freezers, and the titular character of Lara Croft was considered an icon of the power of the girls in a male-dominated world.
Lara first appeared on the big screen in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, with Angelina Jolie playing the heroine as she attempted to obtain ancient Illuminati artifacts. While the film received negative reviews, it was a box office success and went on to have a sequel, The Cradle of Life.
It’s not the last time we’ve seen Lara on the big screen, however, as in 2018 Alicia Vikander played the character in the Tomb Raider reboot.
If you like being terrified while playing video games, Silent Hill is the game for you. The Japanese horror franchise began in 1999, with a man searching for his adopted daughter who disappeared in the mysterious town of Silent Hill and stumbled upon a cult.
The first installment in the video game franchise was adapted for the big screen by Christophe Gans in 2006’s Silent Hill, starring Radha Mitchell and Sean Bean. Gans had worked for five years to secure the rights to the game from Konami, and although it did well at the box office, it received mixed reviews from critics.
While the video game Silent Hill 2 received critical acclaim, the film’s sequel, 2012’s Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, was panned by critics and fans alike, but it didn’t deter the director of the first film. , Gans expressing interest. by making another Silent Hill movie.
The king of fighting games, Street Fighter has remained a key part of video gaming and pop culture for over 30 years, and every gaming-loving kid has their favorite character, whether it’s Ryu, Guile , Chun-Li or Cammy.
Street Fighter was created in 1994 by Jean Claude Van Damme, Raúl Juliá and Kylie Minogue, in a campy and over-the-top blockbuster that may have been criticized but has become something of a classic.
The movie was loosely based on Street Fighter II and saw Colonel Guile (Van Damme) attempt to take down M Bison (Juliá) with help from Ryu and Ken.
It was a major box office success, and although much of the film was criticized, Juliá’s performance garnered a number of nominations. Sadly, it was the actor’s last role, as he died two months before his premiere.
When you introduce an array of brutal and gruesome finishing moves that would make Saw look tame, sure, someone will want to make a movie out of your game.
The Mortal Kombat fighting franchise was first adapted to film with the 1995 film of the same name, which starred Christopher Lambert and Robin Shou, and although it received mixed reviews from critics, it was a box office success.
However, a sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, was a critical and commercial disaster, and a planned third film in the franchise was canceled.
There’s more Mortal Kombat movie magic on its way, however, with the reboot, produced by James Wan, slated for release in April 2021.
First released in 2007, open-world action-adventure stealth game Assassin’s Creed follows the battle between the Assassins, who represent freedom, and the Templars, who represent order.
The series has produced 12 main games, most recently 2020’s Valhalla, and also led to a spin-off film in the form of 2016’s Assassin’s Creed.
The film had an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Charlotte Rampling, and although it’s set in the same universe as the game, it tells an original story that expands on the show’s mythology. .
Unfortunately, it was negatively reviewed and underperformed at the box office.
The Hitman series began with Hitman: Codename 47 from the 2000s and was praised for its inventive approach to stealth gameplay. The eight main games follow Agent 47, the eponymous hitman, who works for the fictional International Contracts Agency (ICA), with players tasked with taking out various targets while remaining as stealthy as possible.
Seven years later, Hitman was brought to the big screen with Timothy Olyphant playing Agent 47 and starring alongside Olga Kurylenko and Dougray Scott.
Although it did well at the box office, it was reviewed negatively and a planned sequel was canceled during production.
A 2015 reboot, Hitman: Agent 47, saw Rupert Friend reprise the lead role – Paul Walker had been attached to the role but died before the film reached production – and Zachary Quinto joined the cast. However, you guessed it, the movie was shot.
Pokémon started as a pair of Gameboy video games and became the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, spanning video games, a card game, an animated television series, merchandise galore, and even a theme park.
Next are the movies – there have been 23 animated Pokémon movies, starting with Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back.
His first live-action movie came in the form of 2018’s Detective Pikachu, which featured Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the iconic Pokemon who is also, apparently, a world-class detective.
The film, which featured cameos from beloved Pokémon and also starred Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy, was a box office success and received positive reviews, and a sequel is already underway. in preparation for.
Prince of Persia
The Prince of Persia series – based on various incarnations of the eponymous prince from ancient and medieval Iran – has been rebooted twice and even inspired the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
In 2010, he was brought to the big screen in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Sir Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arterton.
While there were hopes Prince of Persia could be the next Pirates of the Caribbean for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the film received only mixed reviews, despite being a box office hit.
Prince of Persia was also criticized for its ‘whitewashed’ casting, and Gyllenhaal admitted he regretted the role.
“I think I learned a lot from this movie in that I spend a lot of time trying to be very thoughtful about the roles I choose and why I choose them,” he told Yahoo Entertainment. in 2019. “And you’re I had to make a mistake and say, ‘It wasn’t good for me’ or ‘It didn’t fit me perfectly.’ There have been a number of roles like that. And then a number of roles that do. “
Ratchet & Rattling
The ratchet & amp; The Clank series follows feline humanoid and mechanic Ratchet and sentient robot Clank as they save the universe from the forces of evil, and the cop buddy formula mixed with outlandish weaponry has been brought to the computer-animated flop of 2016 of the same name.
While big names contributed voice cast including John Goodman, Sylvester Stallone, Paul Giamatti, Bella Thorne and Rosario Dawson, Ratchet & Clank was both a critical and commercial failure, and only grossed $14 million worldwide on a $20 million budget.
Still, the video game franchise is growing, with Rift Apart slated for June 2021.