Nintendo considering making more animated movies besides Super Mario

While the animated Super Mario movie is still under wraps, Nintendo is already looking into making more like it based on other games.

It’s been over three years since a new animated Super Mario movie was announced and, in that time, there has been zero information on what it’ll be about or what it even looks like.

But while those details are still unknown, Nintendo’s own president has said that the company is already looking into adapting some of its other franchises into animated movies.

Speaking with Fast Company, Shuntaro Furukawa, who took over as company president in 2018, simply stated ‘Animation, in general, is something that we are looking into, and not just this franchise.’

Considering Nintendo’s library of franchises, there are plenty of possibilities for future movie adaptations. Some obvious picks include The Legend Of Zelda and Metroid.

Whether or not any of these projects happen, however, may depend on the success of the Mario movie. Universal Pictures and Illumination, the studio responsible for the Despicable Me and Minion movies, are helming it, but Furukawa adds that series creator Shigeru Miyamoto is ‘very, very hands-on with the production of this movie.’

It’s no surprise that Miyamoto would be heavily involved. No doubt he and Nintendo still remember the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993, which was both a critical and commercial failure.

There’s also nothing necessarily preventing Nintendo from cancelling any future animated projects. There was going to be a live-action Legend Of Zelda series from Netflix but that was apparently canned after word of it was leaked.

That said, other collaborations have so far gone without a hitch. Nintendo and Universal’s partnership has also resulted in the Super Nintendo World theme park, which finally opened in Japan earlier this year.

And Lego is continuing to make new Lego sets based on the Super Mario franchise, with a Lego Luigi on track to release this August.

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