VHS Preservation Project #1: The Super Mario All-Stars Video

The Video Game VHS Preservation Project is an attempt to digitise as many video game VHS tapes as possible for the purposes of preservation. Click here for more information.

It’s time to finally kick off my VHS Preservation Project, and what better way to start it off than with the Super Mario All-Stars Video?

This was a promotional tape given away by Nintendo UK in 1993, to promote the release of Super Mario All-Stars.

Despite this, it doesn’t really feature much in the video. Instead, most of the time is spent reviewing other games, showing you how the Nintendo Hotline worked and taking you through the making of Nigel Mansell’s World Championship with Gremlin Graphics.

Best of all though, it’s presented by Craig Charles, better known as Lister in legendary British sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf.

How to watch

You can watch the video right here:

Alternatively, if you’d like to download an extremely high-quality bitrate version of the file (5.2 GB), you can find it on the archive.org download page.


I’ve recorded a commentary track for this video (and will be doing so with all videos in the future), in case you want a bit more context on what you’re seeing. If you’re interested, get stuck in:

If you have VHS tapes you’d like to donate to this project that you can’t already see in the header image on this article, please do send me an email or a DM on Twitter and let me know what you have. I’m based in the UK so I’m mainly looking at doing UK videos for now, but will happily preserve US tapes too as long as you don’t mind the shipping costs.

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