Shigeru Miyamoto says that there is “no doubt” that more Nintendo movies are on the way

by Danny Craig  · 
Shigeru Miyamoto says that there is “no doubt” that more Nintendo movies are on the way

Mario series creator Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that Nintendo intends to release more films based on its IPs in the future due to the massive success of the Super Mario Bros. Movie.

The details:

  • In a recent interview with the Japanese news outlet Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Miyamoto stated that there is "no doubt" that more animated films based on many of the company's well-known IPs will be released on the big screen in the future. There were no specifics provided, leaving fans to speculate on what movie might come next, with rumors of a Luigi's Mansion movie as a sort of sequel to the Mario film or possibly an adaptation of the Zelda franchise due to its emphasis on adventure. In an interview following the plumber’s big screen return, Miyamoto stated that "there's probably nothing to announce in the near future," so fans shouldn't expect anything for at least a year or two.
  • It's unclear who the company will collaborate with for future films, but Illumination, the studio behind the Mario film, is expected to continue working with Nintendo, as its founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri, has stated that the film was just the beginning of a "rewarding collaboration" with Nintendo. In terms of revenue, the film outperformed all of the animation company's previous releases, including the Despicable Me series.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie was a huge success, grossing $377 million in its opening weekend and $678 million as of April 16, surpassing Warcraft to become the highest-grossing video-game film adaptation. According to Variety, the film is also the second-biggest debut for an animated film, trailing only 2018's Incredibles 2.

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