Shigeru Miyamoto says that there is “no doubt” that more Nintendo movies are on the way
by Danny Craig ·
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.
- 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.
More Nintendo news:
- After a 2021 ruling holding it responsible for hosting pirated games on one of its sites was appealed, the Japanese gaming giant has won the court battle against file-hosting service operator Dstorage. The provider was originally ordered to pay €935,500 in damages but now must pay an additional €442,750 in damages as well as €25,000 in legal fees.
- After spending months in prison for selling chips that allowed players to play pirated copies of games on the system, a Switch hacker was ordered to pay Nintendo $10 million as well as 25-30% of his future income. The hacker had already been hit with a massive $4.5 million fine, with only $175 paid so far.