Pixels, starring Adam Sandler and CGI 80’s video game creatures, arrived in theaters and succumbed to the terrible history of video game-based films. Pixels aside, here’s a list of the worst game adaptations thus far.
6. The Wizard
The Wizard isn’t based on any individual video game, but touts the joys of a variety of Nintendo products, like the Power Glove! The Power Glove, it’s so bad! No, really. It’s functionality is quite poor.
Like most kid gaming adventure comedies, it starts out with a boy with undiagnosed mental problems dealing with the fact that his sister just drowned. Fred Savage breaks him out of a mental hospital and they go on a road trip to a Nintendo convention. Beau Bridges and Christian Slater try to find them and the escaped mental patient wins the tournament that also serves as a commercial for the new Super Mario 3. With a description like that, it’s hard to believe the movie doesn’t work, but somehow it missed the mark.