Super Mario Bros. (also known as Super Mario Bros.: The Movie) is a 1993 adventure comedy film loosely based on the Mario video game series from Nintendo. It is the first feature-length live-action film to be based on a video game. The film was directed by the husband-and-wife team of Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, written by Parker Bennett, Terry Runté and Ed Solomon and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures through Hollywood Pictures. Its story follows the Mario brothers (Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo) in their quest to rescue Princess Daisy (Samantha Mathis) from a dystopic parallel universe ruled by the ruthless President Koopa (Dennis Hopper).
President Koopa's villainous plan causes his world to begin to merge with Mario's real-life home city of New York. Koopa and his henchmen emerge as his Koopa Tower headquarters replace the World Trade Center. The scene originally appeared before Luigi reverses the process, where Mario and spectators see the twin towers appear to be replaced by a damaged version of themselves. After the real-life September 11 attacks in 2001, this scene was cut.