Steven Spielberg Says He Played Mario On PSVR And The Internet Is Confused

by Jamie Feltham • April 24th, 2018

Either Steven Spielberg just accidentally revealed a history-making collaboration between two of gaming’s biggest rivals, or he needs a quick refresher on a who’s-who of the industry.

Much to everyone’s surprise, the Ready Player One director recently claimed he’d played Mario in VR on a PlayStation, implying that Nintendo’s mascot is soon to appear on Sony’s PSVR headset. When asked if he’d actually used current VR systems during a Japanese interview for his latest movie, the director replied: “I played Mario and so on on the PlayStation. The first time I tried it I didn’t want to take the goggles off.”

This is a surprising statement given that Mario is a Nintendo-owned property and only appears on the company’s own systems. A Mario game on PSVR would a first not just for the VR industry but for gaming as a whole. Not even in our wildest dreams would we have seen this one coming.

Rather than running with the speculation, though, let’s just note that it’s almost for certain that Spielberg is just getting a bit mixed up, either in the software or hardware department. Chances are he’s actually played something very similar to a Mario game on a VR headset; perhaps Robo Rescue from Playroom VR on PSVR or Lucky’s Tale on the Oculus Rift. Or perhaps he was even lucky enough to visit Tokyo’s VR arcade which features Mario Kart running on the HTC Vive.

Either way, we can easily forgive Spielberg’s mix up even if he is the man behind a $500 million-grossing blockbuster all about VR. He has more important things to be concerned about.

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  • impurekind

    I’m thinking it’s two separate things; He’s played something with Mario in VR, maybe that Mario Kart arcade game or even a demo behind closed doors, and a bunch of stuff on PSVR too.

  • Cesar Bidoia

    Hes just an old man

  • gothicvillas

    Answer is a “no. I have never tried vr”.

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  • Steven Todd

    It’s possible he played it in theater mode. Pretty sure that’s the case…

  • Till Eulenspiegel

    The elderly thinks that all video games are Mario based and all the game consoles are called Playstation. Because he just made a movie about VR, he somewhat knew what it does. So putting them all together is an answer that he hoped will pleased the interviewer.

    Just like all politicians who has no idea what they were saying, they made presumptions and hope that the mainstream will not be smart enough to know that they were clueless.

  • Jonas Carlson

    Actually “Mario is a Nintendo-owned property and only appears on the company’s own systems” is not correct. Since last year Mr Mario appears on both iOS and Android with the title “Super Mario Run”

    • David D. Taylor

      The sentence is partially correct in that it has only appeared on the companys own gaming systems, and not it’s competitors. Mobile is something completely different. So yes, you are right. But the other sentence is correct in the way the writer meant it. 🙂

    • ShiftyInc

      Mario also appeared on CD-I a while back.

  • Justin Davis

    He might have played Nimsony’s mario on a rift or vive.

  • Konchu

    If one so wanted to though a person could probably actually use a PSVR headset setup for PC use to play the unofficial Mario VR game.

  • daveinpublic

    Probably using ‘Mario’ as a generic term for game and ‘Playstation’ as a generic term for VR Headset.

  • Musky Muscat

    No You can do that using Dolphin VR emulator and maybe he said that to show us he is a true advanced VR user.

  • Courtney A Jeff

    Jaws vr

  • Sandy Wich

    This is yet another reason why you don’t give seniors the ability to make law or policy.

  • Jim P

    old man 🧠 💨

  • NooYawker

    He calls all video games Mario.