It looks like the house that Mario built has its eyes set on a new venture: the silver screens of Hollywood.
In an interview with Asashi News, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima talked about how the company is looking into making movies based on its video game franchises. Of course, everybody remembers the infamous Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993. And by remember, I mean, probably still has a hard time being able to forget it:
According to Kotaku’s translation of the article, it sounds like Kimishima is looking to avoid the mistakes of that movie, and that Nintendo wants to handle as much of the movie making process internally. It also looks like whatever franchise the movie is based on, it will be animated, not live action.
This isn’t the first time in recent years that Nintendo has dabbled in animation. In 2014, Nintendo released a series of Pikmin shorts, directed by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto. Could these be a preview of bigger things to come from Nintendo in terms of animation? It’s possible, though I would be surprised if Nintendo went with Pikmin for its first big movie attempt. If I were a betting man, it seems more likely that we’d see something in the Mario or Zelda universe first, but with Nintendo, anything is possible. Japan got an Animal Crossing movie in 2006, so I wouldn’t totally rule out some of Nintendo’s other IPs from consideration.
Of course, while official Nintendo movies are few and far between, that hasn’t stopped fans from wishing… or creating their own. There was a pretty big rumor floating around last year that a Netflix series based on The Legend of Zelda was in the works, and Nintendo fans are always coming up with myriad different interpretations of their favorite properties in movie form, like making The Legend of Zelda a cop show, or Mario into a live-action shooter:
And then, of course, there’s always Samus and the Metroid universe to consider, as well.
What franchises do you think Nintendo should make movies off? Let us know in the comments below!
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