Weird Video Wednesday: Ruining your Mario memories, 90s-style!

This might actually be the craziest vid featured in this series to date. I am, to put it mildly, baffled and alarmed that such a video exists, anywhere, ever. To call this a video is almost too kind; “crime against humanity” is a far more apt term.

Who, I hear you cry, who would choose willingly to bring together twerking and Super Mario 64?! I hear your pleas and feel your pain; and I have learned who is to blame.

los hechiceros de la maquina

You are now entering the unspeakably greasy world of La Maquina…

I really just want to understand. How did this happen? La Maquina – did they go to prison for this? Who are they? Where are they from? Are/were they popular? Did they get permission from Nintendo to use the music, the sound effects, everything?! (These aren’t simply rhetorical questions by the way – there’s nothing on these guys in English and I don’t speak Spanish so I genuinely don’t know.) From what I can determine, Los Hechiceros De La Maquina, the album containing El Rap De Mario, was released in 2003. Was this music video made in 2003 too? I find it hard, no, impossible to believe that it wasn’t a product of the 90s.

If anyone reading this can tell us anything about these childhood-robbing criminals or their crimes, do drop a comment. Three words: Know. Your. Enemy.



    • veryverygaming

      You’re definitely not the only one confused! Thanks for the suggestions, that Sonic Underground one is… interesting. Definitely a possibility. By the way, do you know if that was that the only Sonic cartoon around? I used to watch a Sonic cartoon occasionally growing up (was hardly ever on TV) but I’m not sure it was that one.

      Big Bad Beetle Borgs is hilarious/horrendous, but without a videogame connection I wouldn’t post it on here. Do you have any other recommendations? I’m always looking for more crazy stuff!

      • themancalledscott

        Ah, I didn’t realize this series was always video game related (though I really should have figured as much). There’s always Sega’s slanderous 90s ads that needlessly mudsling at Nintendo (“You don’t have a Sega CD? What’s wrong? Are you waiting for *cue sarcastic tone* Nintendo to make one?”).

        As for Sonic Underground, it’s far from the only Sonic cartoon. For reasons unknown, Sonic has more cartoons to his name than any other video game character. Here is a list of his different animated series, both good and bad.

        1. The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) – aired weekdays and was highly cartoonish and silly. Dr. Robotnik was a comical buffoon, and his robot cohorts Scratch and Grounder would often try to capture Sonic and Tails Wile E. Coyote style. It can provide nostalgic nonsense, but it isn’t technically good (unless one counts the memes it spawned).

        2. Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) – premiered on Saturday mornings concurrently with the aforementioned series, earning the nickname SatAM to differentiate the shows. It was a lot more serious and story focused. Robotnik was an evil dictator, and Sonic and Tails were members of a bunch of Freedom Fighters (which were unfortunately original characters instead of characters from the games… I always hated when video game cartoons did that). It unfortunately ended on a cliffhanger after two seasons before getting cancelled. This one is actually good, albeit not like the games at the time really…

        3. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie (1996) Japanese anime loosely based on Sonic CD. This one had Sonic, Knuckles and Tails in it, as well as the classic character design of Dr. Robotnik (still my favorite design). It was originally going to be the start of its own series, but the two part OVA was all that got off the ground, and was released as a straight-to-video movie outside of Japan. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but it was good from what I remember. Definitely the most faithful to the classic games.

        4. Sonic Underground (1999) – Basically the crappy, garish version of the SatAM series. It tried to be a kind of spiritual continuation of that series, with Robotnik back in his evil dictator role and Sonic as a Freedom Fighter, but the animation is ugly and the stories were lame. Plus it was trying waaaay too hard to be cool and edgy.

        5. Sonic X (2003) – Another anime, except this one sucked. And for some reason, this one went on for a few years! It had some stupid human kid who had more screen time than Sonic, plus all the lame Dreamcast-era characters.

        6. Sonic Boom (2014) – It’s based on the Sonic Boom games…

        Wow, I really went on about that… Sorry.

        • veryverygaming

          Don’t apologise! It’s interesting. Because of the timings of the different cartoons, I can’t be sure which show I saw. Given the timings I think it might actually have been one of the original two. I only saw a few episodes though, and remember almost nothing about it.

  1. moresleepneeded

    This seems like a strange video, it looks like a marketing technique to promote a boy band, showing the group in a popular computer game. I like the way it is obviously edited video from the game, with the band inserted into video of the game being played (particularly the part of the video showing “Press Start” in the corner).
    This, personally, did not affect my early memories of Mario as I owned very few Mario games when I was younger. I did own a video with a few episodes of the Super Mario animated series. During a chase sequence, the song “Whats-a matter you” is played as background music. The song is considered a politically incorrect song today because it makes fun of Italians (the music video for the song shows some singers teaching English to a load of men, dressed as gangsters, eating pizza). When I saw the same episode on TV, the music was changed to remove the song.

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