For a movie-length Nintendo commercial, the film seems primarily engaged by its road-picture genre trappings. Despite the obvious financial support from Nintendo, it's like this movie is telling you to turn off the damn Nintendo and go have an adventure. Of course, it fails, and the only thing you want to see is Jimmy kick butt at Double Dragon.
It's the perfect kid film. They are independent and street savvy travelers having adventures across the country playing video games. As a kid I just thought it was impossibly cool. Despite being a marketing tool from Nintendo, the film actually does have a heart. I think Bridges and Slater do a great job of bringing some realism into the story. The Power Glove is a lie though, that thing sucked.