8-Bit Christmas trailer presents a Nintendo-themed holiday adventure


Those you who grew up in the ’80s as I did, you might want to brace yourselves because HBO Max‘s 8-Bit Christmas trailer is about to send you packing on a trip down memory lane. Who else remembers the days when a friend or neighbor had the Nintendo Entertainment System before you did? My source of NES goodness before I got my console was a lanky stoner named Mike, and even though he was several years my senior, he was always cool about me coming over to monopolize his game time. Ah, there I go down memory lane. Do you see how easily it can happen?

As I was saying, HBO Max unwrapped an 8-Bit Christmas trailer and images on Thursday. Directed by Michael Dowse (Goon, Stuber), 8-Bit Christmas is a humorous and heartfelt look back at the adventures of childhood. Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on ten-year-old Jake Doyle’s herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas.

8-Bit Christmas stars Neil Patrick Harris as the Adult Jake Doyle with Winslow Fegley playing his ten-year-old counterpart. June Diane Raphael, Steve Zahn, Cyrus Arnold, and Sophia Reid-Gantzert also star. Kevin Jakubowski wrote the script, which is based on his 2013 novel of the same name.

In addition to dropping an 8-Bit Christmas trailer online, HBO Max also debuted several stills and a poster from the upcoming film:

8-Bit Christmas, 8-Bit Christmas trailer, Neil Patrick Harris
8-Bit Christmas, HBO Max
8-Bit Christmas, Neil Patrick Harris, HBO Max
8-Bit Christmas, movie poster

How did you go about procuring your own Nintendo Entertainment System back in the day? What were some of the first games you bought for the system? Does 8-Bit Christmas look like something you’ll be checking out this holiday season? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: HBO Max

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a JoBlo.com editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.