‘Super Mario Bros.’ The movie could be the first of many Nintendo games to come to the big screen

the Super Mario Bros. the film is still over a year away from its release, but nintendo might already have his eye on other video game movies. Nintendo game director Shigeru Miyamoto revealed during a recent Q&A with an investor that the company is confident about the Super Mario Bros.. adaptation and hopes to create more “visual content” with his IP addresses in the future. If that means more movie adaptations, Nintendo could potentially create its own cinematic universe with franchises like Super Mario, The Legend of Zeldaand more.

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Shigeru Miyamoto says that the “Super Mario Bros.” the movie is almost over

In September, Nintendo announced the cast and release date of Super Mario Bros.created in partnership with Despicable Me Illumination animation studio. Chris Pratt will direct the animated film as Mario. Meanwhile, Charlie Day will voice Mario’s brother, Luigi, and Anya Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach. Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen and other stars will also appear.

At the time of this writing, the Super Mario Bros. the film is still untitled and Nintendo has revealed very few plot details. However, the adaptation has a December 2022 release date in North American theaters.

During the questions and answers for investorsMiyamoto said he had “high expectations” for the Super Mario movie. He couldn’t provide too many details, but he did admit that the film was nearing the end of production.

“For decades, our approach has been to make consumers smile by creating every product with the utmost care. With visual content as well, we want to continue creating content that brings smiles to generations of consumers around the world,” Miyamoto said of the film.

Nintendo wants to expand into more “visual content”

Miyamoto then explained Nintendo’s plan for future releases. He revealed that the studio hopes to expand its IP offerings to include more “visual content”, rather than just releasing new installments in video game franchises. He continued:

In the future, we also want to actively use other IP addresses. With visual content, people can experience Nintendo IP in a variety of places, so I think it’s good to have a lot of content accessible to people who don’t have a dedicated gaming device. However, we want to continue to make each title carefully, so I can’t speak to a specific number. We want to work diligently to build a strong offering.

Now, it’s important to note that “visual content” doesn’t necessarily guarantee more movies. There are also opportunities for TV shows and animated shorts, which Nintendo has already done with its pikmine series, as shown below.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Miyamoto shared that Nintendo also wants to create more “theme parks and merchandise at outlets.” Ultimately, the goal is to give non-gamers a way to take advantage of Nintendo’s offerings and entice them to get into the game.

“We hope to spark new interest in Nintendo games among people who don’t normally play games and encourage consumers who once used our gaming systems to come back and start playing again,” he added.

‘Super Mario Bros.’ and other Nintendo games have received adaptations in the past

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Nintendo has dabbled in various adaptations over the past few decades, though most have been attempts at TV shows or TV movies. Some Super Mario fans can remember Nintendo’s 1993 live action Super Mario Bros.which sadly turned into a critical and commercial failure.

The gaming giant also attempted a The Legend of Zelda television series, a donkey kong country series and movies, and more. For the most part, many of these adaptations had short lives and received poor reviews. Some of Nintendo’s most successful films have been under the Pokemon franchise, like that of 2019 Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Is the Super Mario Bros. movie be the first big breakthrough in a Nintendo Cinematic Universe? Fans will have to wait and see when the animated film hits theaters on December 21, 2022.

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Timothy C. Mayo