Remember trying to find Princess Peach in the old Super Mario Bros. games? Remember when you were constantly told over and over again that “your princess is in another castle?”
Remember when you finally got to battle Bowser, and you had issues getting around the fact that he kept throwing your juggling pins back at you?
That gave me so much frustration as a child. Although, now that I think of it, maybe I’m thinking of that awesome show I saw on the Internet.
Members of A Different Spin, a Boston-based fire performance and juggling troupe, put together this funny juggling skit that depicts Bowser having to defend his castle from the likes of Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi.
“Didn’t I tell you? Your princess is in another castle,” Bowser says to a determined Mario. “I haven’t had my coffee.”
Bowser has no choice but to defend his castle by… juggling with the heroes? Sure, why not. Makes as much sense as anything in the actual Nintendo games.
The troupe drops the pins a couple of times, but all of that is overshadowed by the sheer skill of the performers and the subtle, but impressive choreography.
The guys are obviously talented, and as they have stated, there are no tricks involved in their acts. Also, don’t try to mimic anything they do at home.
Fans of the Nintendo series can tell that the members of the skit have a love for the content they parody, especially since they point out the reality holes seen throughout the games. Each member does their respective character’s justice, filling them with their own personalities.
The interesting point is how Bowser is portrayed. He is not a villain in the mostly evil sense, especially since he still kidnaps Princess Peach, but he seems more like the type who is more bothered by the Mario brothers than anything. So when he (SPOILERS) wins at the end, it’s fulfilling. It’s nice to see the villain win once in a while.
The act is so impressive that I think that we should come up with an Internet petition to get these guys for a full-length performance. We’ll call it “Tales from the Mushroom Kingdom,” or something along those insanely nerdy lines.