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The film follows the journey of a group of young kids who travel half way across the country to compete in a video game tournament in California. During their trip, they encounter bullies, truck drivers and other obstacles that get in their way. At the same time, they are being pursued by their parents and a bounty hunter.
- Fred Savage
- Luke Edwards
- Jenny Lewis
- Beau Bridges
- Christian Slater
- Will Seltzer
- Jackey Vinson
Nintendo games and products
The film features numerous Nintendo Entertainment System games (Super Mario Bros. 3 being the most prominent) and products. Super Mario Bros. 3 was the game featured in the final round of the championship in the film. It had not yet been released publicly, so this was the first look audiences had of the game.
The NES and Power Glove make appearances in the film. The games featured the most in the film are:
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Double Dragon
- Ninja Gaiden
- Rad Racer
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The film received mostly negative reviews. Siskel and Ebert called it "a cleverly disguised advertisement for the Universal Studios tour and Nintendo games" due to the product placement, while Leonard Maltin gave it a two star rating, remarking that it felt like it borrowed heavily from the more popular films Rain Man and Tommy. Despite the bad reviews, it has gained a cult following over the years.