Japanese Nintendo variety show getting revived for Christmas

Posted by Mark Raby

Japan is full of awesome and zany stuff, and on Christmas Day we will all be reminded of that as a local TV station there will be reuniting the cast of a long-running variety show that was focused on video games and Nintendo.

From 1990 to 2001, audiences regularly tuned into TV Tokyo to watch Super Mario Club, or any of its various name changes that occurred during its run.

We can barely find any information about this show, but it sounds awesome. Here's a YouTube clip from an episode in which the show played host to a Nintendo Championship competition:

The original hosts, Noriko Kato and Tooru Watanabe, will be coming back for the special presentation. The show will air on TV Tokyo at 4:00 PM local time, and run for an hour and 15 minutes.

What's even more interesting about this is that "variety shows" still exist in Japan. But then again, maybe if we actually had cool game-related programming on major networks here, no one would have had to suffer through The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour.

Hopefully some generous Japanese users out there will post clips of the special for the rest of us. And while they're at it, we want to see more of the original run of the series too. 11 years and there's hardly anything on YouTube. That's unheard of!