Animated Mario Film Still Coming In 2022, But More Nintendo Movies Or TV Shows May Be In The Works

Nintendo didn't reveal what other--if any--film or TV projects it has hidden up its sleeve.


Nintendo announced in a recent management briefing with investors that more "visual content expansion initiatives" based on its various properties "may not be limited to film." This confirmation lines up with previous reports of the company's plan to expand the usage of its IP.

It's unclear exactly what Nintendo has in the pipeline. However, the company is adamant about developing more entertainment outside of video games, saying it will "continue to invest in these entertainment expansion initiatives to increase the number of people who have access to our IP." With this confirmation, something like a Legend of Zelda Netflix animated series is not out of the question. Nintendo said it has "already embarked on multiple other visual content expansion projects," but hasn't specified what these are, when they will arrive, or what platforms they will stream on.

Whatever these additional "visual content expansion" projects are, Nintendo said that the scale of investment will depend on the type of project. In either case, the company clarified it will be involved in these projects in one way or another.

Elsewhere in the report, the company confirmed the animated Super Mario Bros. movie is still slated to debut in 2022, with production moving smoothly despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Its release window was announced back in February 2019, alongside confirmation that Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto will serve as a producer on the project. The film is being animated by Illumination, the studio responsible for the Despicable Me franchise and Minions, and distributed by Universal Pictures.

In other Mario news, the Super Mario 3D All-Stars bundle--a compilation containing HD remasters of some of Nintendo's popular 3D Mario games, including Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy--is set to launch on September 18 for Nintendo Switch. We scored the package an 8/10 in GameSpot's Super Mario 3D All-Stars review, saying, "Despite their age, the games are still rife with inventive ideas and surprises, which more than makes up for the collection's presentational shortcomings."

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