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On Halt and Catch Fire, the adults love Super Mario Bros. as much as the kids

Did your parents hog your NES, too?

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Video games are part of the fabric of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, whether as the origin of Donna Clark and Cameron Howe’s startup, Mutiny, or as a frequent topic of discussion between its employees. The third season begins in 1986, so it was only a matter of time before everyone’s favorite Italian plumber was going to make his debut on the show.

In this exclusive minutelong clip from the sixth episode, "And She Was," tensions continue to simmer at the Clark home — this time, between the adults and the children. Gordon and Donna may have given Joanie a Nintendo Entertainment System, but she and her sister, Haley, are forced to spend their summer playing outside instead of inside. With Cameron continuing to crash at the Clarks’ place, she and Gordon commandeer the NES with one goal in mind: beating Super Mario Bros. in a single day.

This isn't the first gaming console to appear on Halt and Catch Fire, not by a long shot. Joe MacMillan and Cameron played Indy 500 on the Atari 2600 in the season 2 premiere.

"And She Was" airs tomorrow in Halt and Catch Fire’s usual time slot, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.