By Kevin Jakubowski
It’s 1980-something and all nine-year-old Jake Doyle desires for Christmas is a Nintendo leisure procedure. No Jose Canseco rookie card, no GI Joe hovercraft, no Teddy friggin’ Ruxpin—just Nintendo. but if a hyperactive Shih Tzu is unintentionally beaten to loss of life via a forty-two- inch tv set and each father or mother on the town blames Nintendo, it’s as much as Jake to take issues into his personal palms. the result's a Christmas quest of great Mario Bros. proportions, full of flaming wreaths, dashing minivans, misplaced retainers, faux Santas, sizzling lecturers, snotty sisters, “Super Bowl Shuffles” and one very bare Cabbage Patch child. instructed from a nostalgic grownup standpoint, 8-Bit Christmas is a hilarious and heartfelt glance again on the child popular culture of the Eighties.
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