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  • AtsumaKarin

    Wow…I never even knew this show existed!
    Seems like it might be fun for kids back in the day, although clearly it's quite primitive by today's standards.
    "Super Mario Galaxy Challenge", eh? You've given me an idea. πŸ˜›
    Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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  • ukretrogameaddict

    that show looked pretty poor, i'm quite glad i missed it – mario's overalls weren't event blue and he's def no Dominic Diamond that guys a frick'in legend!

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  • Harry Yack

    @AtsumaKarin It certainly was cheap n' cheerful stuff, but I remember being impressed that each contestant would get their own monitor to play the game on and the transfixing closing credits. You don't care when you're 5 πŸ™‚

    Super Mario Galaxy Challenge? I wouldn't be against it.

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  • Harry Yack

    @ukretrogameaddict Everything was Super Mario on TCC. There was SMC, Mario Bros III, the Mario Bros Super Show (I think… or that might have been Channel 4). At that age you can't get enough of Mazza. πŸ˜›

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  • Harry Yack

    @retrobloke78 You can see some of the same type of features on Games World if you scout out a few episodes. It was like GamesMaster with a less grandiose studio, I guess, to suit Sky's budget.

    And yes, doesn't Diamond quite literally have a fanclub? I'm aware there may have been a sniff of a comeback – Patrick Moore commented on it at some point – but haven't heard much of late.

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  • Se7enBeatleofDoom

    Super Mario bro's! EPIC FTW!!!!!!

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  • Harry Yack

    @retrobloke78

    I did prefer Games Master and Games World as I got older but loved SMC when I was five. Yep, it was broadcast in the UK only, despite Mr Lenahan's American accent! Perhaps they thought it would be more authentic that way, or maybe he had a really low cheapness/pay threshold.

    I don't recall watching Bad Influence for some reason, but I must have done.

    Going back to the OP, I'd love to see GamesMaster return, but it won't be the same without Mr Diamond.

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  • Harry Yack

    @Se7enBeatleofDoom

    Be even more epic for a 2011 revamp πŸ˜›

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  • Se7enBeatleofDoom

    I one of them chair like blocks!

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  • Harry Yack

    @retrobloke78

    Yeah, maybe I should've made that more clear in the video. It was broadcast around '91/92 so yeah you missed out unfortunately! πŸ˜›

    DJ Kat, now there's a blast from the past. I used to watch the Mario Bros Super Show, I think it was, on Sky One.

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  • Jermyn78

    3:49 I had a T2 shirt as well!

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  • Harry Yack

    @Jermyn78

    When editing this I remembered Terminator 2 was a 15 or 18 certificate, but we all pretended we'd watched it at school because it was so badass. For some reason everyone was more obsessed with Robocop though which, in retrospect, wasn't as good.

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  • HelloOtter

    what does "mazza" mean? for all the people who dont understand pom talk

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  • Jermyn78

    @Hindleyak I'd went to the cinema twice to see it! I went with my dad as I thought if I went with him it may look less obvious I was a young'un, I was 12 at the time. It worked! In retrospect, Robocop 2 is a TERRIBLE movie! The insane character changes, making Robocop PC, but most of all: The fact that a 10 year old kid could become a major crimelord and mow down cops with a MAC-10 like it's no trouble seemed ridiculous.

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  • Harry Yack

    @HelloOtter

    Just a nickname for Mario. Heard someone call him that once and it stuck. "Teatime Mazza bashup!"

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  • Harry Yack

    @Jermyn78

    Lucky! My dad wouldn't even let me watch the Street Fighter film until I was 12, at which point I wasn't really interested anymore. These days I much prefer Rubbercop to Robocop. πŸ˜› Though to be honest I don't think I ever really liked it in the first place.

    Also, Arnie was the best.

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  • Jermyn78

    @Hindleyak The first Robocop was brilliant and seemed to hint at a serious social message warning of the evils of corporations and capitalism behind the carnage. Robocop 2, 3 , the TV series and the made-for-TV movies were all terrible though.

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  • Harry Yack

    @Jermyn78 Social messages? All we cared about is that he was a robot cop. Cos robots were cool. I watched a couple of the films as an adult and thought 'wow, this is a bit dark for a kid'. Funny how you notice these things when you go back to them eh?

    There was a TV series? Wow, now I'm the one feeling as though I missed out… actually, not really if it wasn't that good.

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  • Jermyn78

    @Hindleyak Oh aye there was a social message and that was "liberals aren't cool". And those fake adverts were ripping it out of Capitalism, and the whole OCP was about how multi-nationals are eeeeviiiillll man!

    The Robocop series was Sunday teatime fare which meant he DID use his gun but usually only to shoot a rope holding a crate which fell on the bad guys. Yep, it was THAT bad.

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  • Harry Yack

    @Jermyn78 We can't have the good guys acting like guns are cool! This is the Nineties, after all.

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  • Jermyn78

    @Hindleyak Yep, which meant you had shit like The Last Action Hero. Seriously apart from Total Recall, T2 and True Lies, Schwarzenegger didn't really fare well in the 90's.

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  • Harry Yack

    @Jermyn78 Doesn't really matter though because those films are all anybody ever remembers. I also liked the original Terminator, but wasn't that the 80s? The stop motion was cool.

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  • Jermyn78

    @Hindleyak Yep, the first Terminator was brilliant! I prefer that one personally, as it seems more bleak, more apocalyptic.

    T3 and that one with Christian Bale can both piss off though.

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  • Harry Yack

    @Jermyn78 I still haven't seen any of the newer ones! I should find the time to sit and watch T3 to see how the current Governor of California deals with troublemakers.

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  • Jermyn78

    @Hindleyak With a middle-aged spread! Seriously! As for Terminator: Salvation – Christian Bale may have been an excellent Bruce Wayne/Batman, and a respectable American Psycho but he was a TERRIBLE John Connor!

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  • Jermyn78

    @Hindleyak I thought that Games World on Tuesdays (game reviews) and Thrsdays (hints, tips and cheats) was the best. Bad Influence was alright and could be informatibe but it was aimed at kids- one of the reviewers reckons World Of Illusion on the Megadrive/Genesis was a bit tough – I finished it the same day! I enjoyed the first two series of Gamesmaster but watching other people play games got boring*.

    *Actually, I didn't care much for Dexter Fletcher (He played that yank in Press Gang).

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  • Harry Yack

    @Jermyn78 No, I wasn't a fan of Dexter Fletcher either. Series 2 was the best it got imo, but I did come back to it on the odd occasion to see it looked a lot like Games World. The gritty settings of the earlier series were mostly replaced by the end, making it look a bit cheesy. GW was great, I used to love Beat the Elite and that Cash Dash game was strangely transfixing.

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  • Jermyn78

    @Hindleyak Cash Dash reminded me of the first level of (Excellent, excellent game) The Chaos Engine but without the monsters. God that was a great game!

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  • Harry Yack

    @Jermyn78 I bought Chaos Engine last year, actually. It came bundled with a Mega Drive and a few other games for a tenner. Looks like a fun game, too. Must try and dig it out again.

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  • Jermyn78

    @Hindleyak It is! Fun AND a challenge to boot! It also has some excellent music too.

    I've got the Snes version, that was my favourite.

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  • onlynorris

    I remember this. Thanks for posting, also my mate is in the background on the right scratching his foot looking bored.

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  • onlynorris

    I remember this. Thanks for posting, also my mate is in the background on the right scratching his foot looking bored.

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  • Harry Yack

    @onlynorris Cool! Did he know any of the contestants, and does he have any more episodes? πŸ™‚

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  • onlynorris

    @Hindleyak. You know, I don't actually know. Next time I see him I will ask. I know that he might have his episode on tape but that was years ago. I will ask him.

    Until then, please keep up the good work. Thoroughly enjoyed this vid.

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  • MrWeekendoff

    Very very good.

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  • Harry Yack

    @LarryBundyJr So the Super Mario Challenge was actually a *predecessor* of Head to Head? Well I never knew that. I really should have contacted you before making this video, you being the authority on 90s kids TV game shows and all. How fascinating.

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  • Ian Guebert

    Hold on, from what I remembered, they played Super Mario Bros 3, or was that later on?

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  • Harry Yack

    @ianwagj Yep, later in the series they used Mario 2 and 3. I explicitly remember watching a few episodes of the show with Super Mario 3 but not much else, unfortunately :/

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  • Harry Yack

    @TheMadPsychoFox It was the first thing I said when I saw them, and made me want some chocolate! Glad to hear someone else got the reference and that I'm not stark raving mad. πŸ™‚

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  • JChAppyDuDe

    God I remember this show when we first got cable (with at the time Cable London) funny enough when the series just started around September 21st 1991, I saw the ads for the show which mostly showed Mario 3 being played with bits of Mario 1 here and there and footage of the show, it looked very promising, another well needed (at the time in my mind) video game show to rival Games Master and Bad influence (Games world followed in the next year I believe) & I was very excited to see the show…

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  • Harry Yack

    @JChAppyDuDe I would have loved Super Mario Challenge to continue for a while longer so I could have got more recorded footage. I wonder if anyone out there has the ads you mention on an old VHS tape somewhere? I was an ardent watcher of the first series of Games World, but I don't recall seeing Bad Influence all that much. Guess I was a sucker for the head to head format.

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  • boru25

    I wish I never taped over this show for Games World. New Adventures I won't miss but this I will. It got me excited for the Nintendo and Mario Bros.

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  • bboynoe

    Wow didnt even see this video. haha nice! thanks for including my video and giving credit!

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  • bboynoe

    Wow didnt even see this video. haha nice! thanks for including my video and giving credit!

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  • Harry Yack

    @boru25 It's hard to see such a show appearing on our TV screens these days, even with the ten billion Freeview and Sky channels. Mind you, I don't watch Blue Peter so this is the sort of thing they do once in a while, perhaps with New Adventures?

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  • Harry Yack

    @lakepalmer Wow, your mate must have been pretty well off. I had a friend who was forced to sell his SNES to buy Tesco Value frozen food. Nah, only joking – it was canned because he didn't have a freezer.

    But I shouldn't joke about these things. I hear tales of people who sold their XBOX just to buy a blasted Virtual Boy.

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  • Harry Yack

    @lakepalmer And he chose to be a Super Mario impersonator. Interesting point: they discussed Lenahan and how he's a renowned magician on QI a couple of months ago but whenever I think of him I'll always remember the Super Mario Challenge.

    Imagine being served ice cream by Super Mario! He'd have the theme tune playing on his chimes and everything. It would be… creepy.

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  • Harry Yack

    @lakepalmer Sounds a lot of fun. I never actually minded watching other people play games *too* much, especially as you could cough our shout out at inopportune moments to throw them. We'd get into these arguments where the one playing the game would say "you put me off," and the other guy would say "there's no such thing as being put off, fool!" Ah, the childishness…

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  • boru25

    Sorry I meant 'New adventures of He-man'. Round the Bend and Twist I won't miss either.

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  • Harry Yack

    @bboynoe Your instrumental was so good I couldn't help but use a greater chunk of it than I really should have. Also, I know it's from SMB3 but you know, I think I got away with it πŸ˜‰

    Cheers again for letting me use it!

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  • Harry Yack

    @boru25 Ya know, I wasn't sure whether I liked He-man or not. I certainly watched it and was semi-amused by Skeletor, but I think I preferred that Connect 4 show. πŸ˜‰

    Transformers was pretty good too.

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  • Harry Yack

    @lakepalmer I don't play a lot of online games, but I imagine many players to be like Beavis and Butthead and/or Eric Cartman. "Looks like I'm gonna lose. Screw you guys, I'm quitting!"

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  • Harry Yack

    @lakepalmer Wow man, there's some real hate there. I dunno though, video games can cheese you off pretty bad. I once called my mother a rotter when she interrupted me on the final level of Bubble Bobble. Well, at least replacement computer peripherals are relatively cheap these days…

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  • bboynoe

    @Hindleyak

    No problem man =)

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  • Harry Yack

    @lakepalmer My copy of ISS can actually say a few words in (digitised) English, except 'goal', because the cartridge is old and played to death. It *is* on the Mega Drive though. Do not underestimate the communication powers of Pla- erm, 16-bit home consoles. "Go! Go! Gooo-"

    Would this be a bad time to point out that I liked the vibrating PS1 dual shock controllers? πŸ˜‰

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  • Harry Yack

    @soildier2010 Thanks for watching man πŸ™‚

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  • Harry Yack

    @LarryBundyJr Salvaged from an old VHS. I have, what, 15 minutes of footage? The first part of the program I didn't quite catch. Is this the only surviving tape of the Super Mario Challenge?! I hope not. πŸ™‚

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  • Harry Yack

    @LarryBundyJr Sure thing! Check your PMs from over the weekend πŸ™‚

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  • Justin Stewart

    I really liked that. It felt like a throw back to an interesting time. I didn't even know the show existed. Thank you for throwing that in.

    It's obvious you did your research on it. I hope you toss us a few more bones like this. It's engaging. This is our history. IT IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT.

    DO NOT DENY US IT, YAK!

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  • Harry Yack

    It was hard to do research for this because there's not much on the web about it. My memory is not a magnificent source. I probably got a few things wrong… should have consulted Larry Bundy on the matter. πŸ™‚

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  • justinium77

    Hello there. I certainly remember seeing this on sky tv when I was younger. I attempted to find info of this show on the web a couple of years ago, but sadly at that time I just couldn't find anything. Thanks for the nostalgia. Good job. Do you know if any footage was eventually recovered from this show?

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  • Harry Yack

    I have made furtive efforts to track down more footage of SMC, but as it stands the only episode that seems to have survived (of a fashion) is the one featured in this video. Not even Guru Larry has tapes! Someone has said their mate is in the audience for this show, so maybe one day he will be searching his attic and… eureka!

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  • denizlyn

    I watch this super mario challnge it was a long time ago when was on the children channel I miss that show

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  • Harry Yack

    I miss it too. I yearn for the days when television transcended the different types of media with film, telly and video game-themed shows abundant in the schedules. Now we only have Platform32, and maybe Click on the BBC News Channel. It seems games companies want nothing to do with TV programmes these days, but are content with useless ad slots during Coronation Street.

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  • Burp Reynolds

    Hiya, err Hindleyak? Have you any footage of Nam Rude from Bad Influence? That man scared me. I like your videos but I can't tell what you are saying? Is this Hindleyak place in Norway? Your thumbnail scares me as I scared bears and vests.

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  • Harry Yack

    What about pizza? Surely you can't be afraid of that. Or union flags?

    Don't have much footage of anything but the dog and my feet, sadly. Oh, and old family Christmases camcordered by my 7-year old brother. And there's my parents' wedding video knocking about somewhere. Would that do?

    Hindleyakki is in Finland. πŸ™‚

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  • Harry Yack

    Oooh Nintendo why'd you put ads on this? I oughtta smack your little bottie. πŸ˜›

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  • Paulie B

    greatΒ memories thanks for posting the one fact i do still remember is the winner of the show, was a kid namedΒ jordan the icemanΒ 

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  • Vincent Gaine

    The final winner of the Super Mario Challenge was a lad called Jordan. No, he wasn't me.

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  • Mario 30

    Hi Mr Yack, Semi final action – https://youtu.be/fvwVyuIYF58

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  • foxman362

    We never got see this in the states to more like nick arcade back on old 90's nick channel.

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  • foxman362

    If have full episodes please upload them on youtube.

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  • Joe Orsini

    I played this game here in the States and, on EXTREMELY rare occasions, beat the game without using a single warp zone.

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  • Gene Starwind

    Larry Bundy Junior recently reviewed this show and everyone is surprised like this is news…but I know what OG deserves the credit for shedding light on this obscure piece of Nintendo history. Harry Yak …8 years ahead! Thanks man.

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  • melvin shermen

    Gruru Larry send me here

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  • Panini

    WE Miss you Mr YACK

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  • Ridley12

    …This show should get remade for everywhere, instead of just the UK (maybe streamed online or something.)

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