Who Needs The Wizard When You've Got Surf Ninjas?

The Wizard, a 1989 movie starring Fred Savage, was little more than a 100-minute commercial for Nintendo's Power Glove. Surf Ninjas, a 1993 movie starring Ernie Reyes, Jr., Rob Schneider, Leslie Nielsen (doing his best M. Bison impersonation) and Tone Loc, was much the same for Sega's Game Gear handheld. Only it was way better.

The film is about surf ninjas tormenting, and occasionally kidnapping, a family of surfers from LA. And the Game Gear, believe it or not, is central to the movie's plot. One of the kids in the family discovers that as he plays a game called Surf Ninjas on his Game Gear, whatever he achieves in-game is reflected in the real world.

So, yeah, this movie is about surf ninjas, who are defeated by a real ninja, who is assisted by a kid kicking everyone's arse in a video game. On his Game Gear.

Please note the movie has Tone Loc in it. As an actor. It also stars a very young Rob Schneider, who looks so much like Eminem that it's a little terrifying.

See above for video evidence. Watching the entire thing is an awesome way to waste a night.


Comments

    Money can't buy knives

    Loved this movie when i was young
    picked it up on dvd the other year still love it.

    I thought The Wizard was a 100 minute advert for Super Mario Brothers 3. Or at least it was for me as a child. I was suckered into the hype at the end of the movie and SMB3 became an instant zOMGINEEDTHISNOW! item.

    This, Double Dragon and Street Fighter were the epitome of RadiCool 90's movies.

    Totally going to run those as a marathon movie session this weekend.

      lol I thought I was the only person lame enough to use the term Radicool in reference to mid 80's to mid 90's overly marketed kids stuff!

    Kwantsu, Dudes!

    My eyes! they burn!!!!

    Sure, The Wizard had loads of shameless product placement but the movie had some deep themes that hold up even today. I thought the whole metaphor of the family unit becoming extinct couldn't have been more blunt when the handicapped kid finds the picture of his family literally in a dinosaur but I guess I was the only one who picked up on that.

    Sure, The Wizard did have loads of shameless product placement but the movie had some deep themes that hold up even today. I thought the whole metaphor of the family unit becoming extinct couldn't have been more blunt when the handicapped kid finds the picture of his family literally in a dinosaur but I guess I was the only one who picked up on that.

    I loved how totally wacky this movie was as a kid.

    It still didn't change the fact that, when my mother bought me a Game Gear for christmas, I asked that it be returned to the store and exchanged for a Game Boy. (No, I wasn't such a brat as to come out with that demand on my own. She offered me the choice because she said the clerk at the store had told her the Game Boy had better games available) My mom thought I was crazy, but I still feel it was a good decision.

    I played with it for about a week or two though. Stupid thing never did magically conjure up weaponized chop-sticks... Movies lie.

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