Sounds Like Nintendo Is Getting Serious About Making Movies

"From now on we'd like to do things ourselves more than just license something."

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[UPDATE] NeoGAF user GSR has now translated Kimishima's interview, shining some new light on Nintendo's movie efforts. Kimishima said Nintendo is currently speaking with "a number of partners" and hopes to finalize a deal in the "not-too-distant future."

He also spoke about the poorly received 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie and said Nintendo is hoping to be more involved in the production of films.

"That live-action film didn't do particularly well at the box office," he said. "From now on we'd like to do things ourselves more than just license something."

Asked if Nintendo was thinking about making another live-action movie, Kimishima suggested an animated film is more likely. "We've already tried [live-action], so perhaps not this time," he said.

Kimishima also said Nintendo's first new movie is planned to come out in the next five years.

Additionally, Kimishima confirmed the following:

  • Shigeru Miyamoto is involved with Nintendo's new film efforts
  • He's didn't say which Nintendo franchises may be spun into movies. "All I can say is that we'll make something everyone can enjoy."
  • The primary goal of making Nintendo movies is to expand the profile of the company's franchises.

You can read GSR's translation of the interview here on NeoGAF.

The original story is below.

In February this year, Shigeru Miyamoto said because Nintendo sees itself as an "entertainment" company, he was not opposed to the idea of bringing Nintendo franchises to the big screen.

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Now, it appears that is definitely going to happen, as Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima reportedly said in a new interview that the company will release a new movie in the next 2-3 years.

In an interview with Japan's Asahi Shimbun, as translated by Kyle McLain on Twitter, Kimishima reportedly offered some new details on Nintendo's movie plans.

Here is McLain's summation of Kimishima's comments:

For context, here is what Miyamoto said about the idea of making movies in the February Fortune interview.

"Because games and movies seem like similar mediums, people's natural expectation is we want to take our games and turn them into movies," Miyamoto said at the time, noting that Nintendo has fielded numerous offers over the years. "I've always felt video games, being an interactive medium, and movies, being a passive medium, mean the two are quite different.

"As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo's role as an entertainment company, we're starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that," he added. "And we'll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future."

Kimishima apparently did not share any further details about Nintendo's movie plans. His comment about producing the films as much as it can internally sounds like good news for fans who want to see Nintendo's franchises and characters handled with care and attention. Ubisoft is doing something similar through its Ubisoft Motion Pictures division, which is behind the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie. Whether or not Nintendo creates an entirely new division internally to produce movies remains to be seen.

The film business isn't entirely alien to Nintendo, as the company brought Mario to the big-screen in 1993 with the poorly received Super Mario Bros.live-action movie. Most recently, Nintendo's Donkey Kong appeared in the recent Adam Sandler movie, Pixels. Before that, leaked emails revealed that Sony Pictures was in deep negotiations with Nintendo to acquire the film rights to make an animated Mario movie.

In addition, there was a report of Nintendo producing a Legend of Zelda TV show for Netflix ("Game of Thrones for a family audience"), though Nintendo has since distanced itself from that speculation.

Movies wouldn't be the only new area of business for Nintendo. Earlier this year, Nintendo announced a major deal with Universal Parks to bring its characters to theme parks around the world. Additionally, Nintendo recently released its first smartphone game has laid out plans for the next two.

What Nintendo franchises would you like to see made into movies? Let us know in the comments below.

Update: this story has been updated to include new details and amended to fix errors.

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Phazevariance

Action packed Metroid movie please!

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Jestersmiles

you tried one live action film that did not work in the 90's so that why you not trying a other one? LMAO, jesus stand back its Nintendo the big risk takers LOL.

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nintendians

cg and traditional animation is better for these kind of games into film, live action sometimes can't pull it off.

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pyro1245

Well... Hopefully they will pass these off and not waste too many resources on them. Hah

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csward

Oh go no....There's no reason to have a movie about games that have extremely simple stories to begin with. That said I'll probably see the movies just for the spectacle :).

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Thanatos2k

@csward: Sounds like you're going to see Angry Birds then. *wretch*

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Princess_Rectum

I would have preferred to have them keep their staples in the gaming market and instead opted to have entirely new ideas, concepts and characters for whatever film endeavors they are after. Keep your games and films separate.

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Stelios

I hear they will be making a retake on the Serbian film, only more hardcore.

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DarthRevenX

Would you go back to being casual about movies Nintendo???? nobody needs more crappy game adaptations......

Mario Kart The Movie 2018, 9 of every 10 critics agree this sucks

Super Smash Bros 2020 10/10 critics agree this sucks ass

Metroid: Space Pirate Massacre 2022 will go down as the largest flop ever and tank both games industry and movie industry cus of how bad it is and WW3 will spark soon after plunging the world into nuclear devastation.......

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LouiXIII

I hope they get serious about gaming. Where's my Mario 64 sequel. Squirt gun Mario didn't count

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Thanatos2k

@louixiii: Mario Galaxy is your Mario 64 sequel. Did you play it?

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LouiXIII

@Thanatos2k: No it was not. Galaxy was Galaxy, not 64

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Thanatos2k

@louixiii: Oh, so just because it didn't have "64" in the name it's not a sequel?

You realize it only had 64 in the name because it released on the N64 right?

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csward

@Thanatos2k: No it's just not as good as 64 IMO. Certainly Galaxy seems more linear and doesn't really introduce anything new other than shaking the Wiimote.

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Thanatos2k

@csward: Both Mario Galaxy games are the highest rated Mario games of all time.

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LouiXIII

@Thanatos2k: Did you hop from planet to planet in 64? No

What the camera angled the exact way as 64's for majority of Galaxy? No

Is Mario Galaxy a sequel to Mario 64? HELL NO!

Now why is that so hard for YOU to accept?

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Dark_Mits

@louixiii: Where is Super Mario Bros. 4?

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csward

@Dark_Mits: It's call Super Mario World. Just sayin'

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Dark_Mits

@csward: No it was not. World was World, not 4

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Thanatos2k

@louixiii: Is this a joke? The worlds in Galaxy are basically the stages of 64, and you move to them in a hub, JUST LIKE 64. You collect stars in each stage which you need to access new parts of the hub, JUST LIKE 64.

The camera angle the exact way? Hahaha wow. You're grasping at anything now.

They even give you a flight cap in Galaxy - the same one as in 64.

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LouiXIII

@Thanatos2k: No..you are. If you ask Miyamoto if Galaxy is a direct sequel to 64, even he would say no. IT IS NOT A SEQUEL TO 64...it is it's own game. And yes...camera angles matter. For example, if Dark Souls III forced you to play from a angle that was along the lines of HellBlade the entire time instead of what fans of the series is used to, many people would be upset because it would feel like a different game..so while you can argue the fact all you want...until Miyamoto himself says that Mario Galaxy is a DIRECT sequel to Mario 64, I don't want to hear it because it's NOT A FACT...

In case you don't know what FACTS are...2+2=4 That's a fact

Now where's your link saying that Mario Galaxy is a direct sequel to Mario 64?

This is where you put up or shut up...

http://www.mariowiki.com/Super_Mario_64_2

[You] "Is this a joke?"

That's what I said when I read your reply lol Proof please...

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Thanatos2k

@louixiii: Who cares if Miyamoto will admit it's a sequel or not. Anyone who played it knows it's a sequel.

If you asked Miyamoto which game he took the most inspiration from when making Galaxy - he'll say Mario 64, because it's undeniable they lifted the most elements from that game.

If you asked From software if Dark Souls is a sequel to Demon's Souls they'll say no, but everyone knows that it is.

"It is also possible that Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, or Super Mario Galaxy 2 could have elements salvaged from the development of Super Mario 64 2, according to Nintendo during an E3 event"

Your own link betrays you.

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LouiXIII

@Thanatos2k:

[You] "Who cares if Miyamoto will admit it's a sequel or not. Anyone who played it knows it's a sequel."

So if THE CREATOR of the series says that IT IS NOT a direct sequel...you're going to insist that it is so you can feel better at night?

lololololololololol sure pal...whatever xD

[You] "If you asked Miyamoto which game he took the most inspiration from when making Galaxy - he'll say Mario 64, because it's undeniable they lifted the most elements from that game."

So according to YOUR LOGIC...if a game uses elements from a previous game it's considered a direct sequel? If that's the case, wouldn't EVERY 3D PLATFORMER be a direct sequel? So games like Banjo-Kazooie ALL THE WAY to the new Lucky's Tale is a f**king sequel because these games use elements from Mario 64 too...right?

SMFH lol

[You] "If you asked From software if Dark Souls is a sequel to Demon's Souls they'll say no, but everyone knows that it is."

So once again...if the CREATOR OF THE GAME tells you no...you're going to insist that it is and say yes?

LMAO... ^^^=loss of ALL credibility.

So is MIGHTY #9 a Megaman sequel? According to your dumbass logic..it is lol

[You] "It is also possible that Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, or Super Mario Galaxy 2 could have elements salvaged from the development of Super Mario 64 2, according to Nintendo during an E3 event"

Your own link betrays you."

So...since when does "it's POSSIBLE that it could have elements salvaged from the development of Super Mario 64 2" equals to IT IS A DIRECT SEQUEL TO MARIO 64?

PLEASE ANSWER THAT QUESTION GENIUS?

The only thing that link did was PROVE that the DIRECT SEQUEL to MARIO 64 was CANCELLED...game...set..match

Now...unless you have proof saying otherwise (which you have yet to produce), PLEASE...STFU numskull

P.S. I highlighted the important parts. Hopefully you can comprehend everything a bit easier this go-round xD

-LouiXIII

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Thanatos2k

@louixiii: Ain't noone going to readthatgibberish.

"if a game uses elements from a previous game it's considered a direct sequel"

That's what sequels in a series are. Unless you seriously think a game can only be a sequel if the story is connected. Considering the "story" in Mario is disconnected and as minimalistic as possible good luck with that.

I'll repeat what I said earlier - Dark Souls is the sequel to Demon's Souls, even though the stories have nothing to do with each other. Everyone considers this to be true.

"So is MIGHTY #9 a Megaman sequel?"

I dunno, is Megaman in it? By the way, Megaman X is a Megaman sequel, even though the story is different.

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LouiXIII

@Thanatos2k: Yet you read my reply AND RESPONDED lol

What part of MARIO GALAXY IS NOT A DIRECT SEQUEL TO MARIO 64 DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?

MARIO 64 2 was CANCELLED. I HAVE PROOF...WHERE IS YOURS???

Until you can PROVE that Galaxy is a direct sequel to Mario 64, kick rocks kid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyXUwgBBHI8

https://www.unseen64.net/2011/09/15/super-mario-64-2-nintendo-64-cancelled/

http://www.mariowiki.com/Super_Mario_64_2

PUT UP...OR SHUT UP

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Thanatos2k

@louixiii: I already put up. Anyone in their right mind can see Mario Galaxy is a sequel to Mario 64. You seem psychotically focused on "direct sequel" like a direct sequel with a decades old game is going to suddenly happen.

You can gibber "NOT adirectsequel!" over and over, but Mario Galaxy is still a sequel to Mario 64 because of how it looks, how it plays, and how it was designed. It's also funny now that you've backtracked to stamping your feet about "direct" sequels when you didn't say anything of the sort originally. I mean, that's all you can scream about now. It's a sequel, but it's not a "direct" sequel so somehow that doesn't matter. Well guess what, buddy, they're never making a "direct" sequel to Mario 64.

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LouiXIII

@Thanatos2k: All I see is a bunch of excuses and no proof lol Like I said (AND HAVE PROVEN), there isn't a Mario 64 sequel. On another note...why are you up in arms because I would like to see a sequel to a game I really liked? Huh?

What do you gain from ANY of this? Are you looking for cool points? So what if Miyamoto never creates a direct sequel...that doesn't mean I can't wish for it. Basically...you look like a MASSIVE DOUCHE right now but hey...maybe that's what you want lol So douche-on douchebag xD

Either way...I've proven my point...meanwhile...enjoy the excuses

P.S. Why is it that @Dark_Mits can admit the truth but you can't? Is it that hard lol

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Thanatos2k

@louixiii: I've proven it's a Mario 64 sequel. So you started screaming it's not a "direct" sequel. We know. It's not a "direct" sequel. But it's still a sequel.

The real question is why you're embarrassing yourself so hard to argue this point, when everyone knows Galaxy is a sequel to Mario 64.

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LouiXIII

@Thanatos2k: You've proven jack shit lol but if that's what you choose to believe then be my guess pal lol whatever floats your boat xD

The sequel to Mario 64 was cancelled. I proved it. Galaxy is it's own series and you should respect that but hell...coming from a guy that doesn't respect the wishes of any creator and would rather form his own conclusions based off of NOTHING ...then yeah...enjoy :D

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Dark_Mits

@louixiii: Ok, so Galaxy isn't a sequel to 64. Why does 64 need a sequel? Why should there be one?

Games with different names by just their numbering aren't always sequels (Final Fantasy series for example)

Games with direct number succession can sometimes be sequel, sometimes not (Quake 2 is the direct sequel of Quake, but Quake 3 is not a sequel of Quake 2, and Quake 4 is a direct sequel of Quake 2 but has nothing to do with Quake 3)

Games with different names can be direct sequels (Sonic Adventure is the direct sequel of Sonic 3, Sonic Heroes is the direct sequel of Sonic Adventure 2, Shadow the Hedgehog is the direct sequel of Sonic Heroes...).

The sequel thing has basis if there is a coherent story. For all I know, Super Mario Bros. could be later in the Mario Universe timeline than Super Mario Galaxy 2. There has been no official mention whatsoever, either in-game or from Nintendo spokespeople, that says that the old generation games took place before the events of the newer generation games. The Legend of Zelda is an example of that, with branching timelines.

-=EDIT=-
I missed the part where I make the question. So tell me; why should there be a Super Mario 64 sequel? That story arc seems complete. Do you just want to enjoy of the exact same gameplay? Then have you actually tried the Galaxy games? The 2 SMG games are actually direct sequels gameplaywise to SM64.

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Thanatos2k

@Dark_Mits: You're arguing with a crazy person. He knows the gameplay in Galaxy is the same as 64, he knows it's a sequel, he knows the story in Mario games is meaningless, but he won't admit it because then he'd have to admit he was wrong earlier and that. is. unacceptable.

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LouiXIII

@Dark_Mits: At least you can admit the truth. Try and help your buddy @Thanatos2k with the problem. Denial appears to be his strong suit lol

And the reason why I would love a Mario 64 sequel is because I loved it coming up as a kid. Galaxy is good too but I would still love to see a Mario 64 sequel come to light. Can you blame me?

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csward

@Thanatos2k: The levels aren't near as open as 64, nor are they as imaginative/creative.

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Thanatos2k

@csward: Just because the levels aren't as "open" doesn't mean they aren't similar, and that Mario Galaxy isn't a sequel to Mario 64. You're grasping for nonsense just like the other guy.

Galaxy was massively imaginative, and was hailed as such. That's why it got better scores than Mario 64.

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Wretch1d

I actually liked the Mario movie

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Redsyrup

Nintendo characters that speak? Bowser land has frozen over?

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Thanatos2k

@Redsyrup: Bowser and Toadstool speak all the time. So do the Toads. And Lakitus. It's the Mario Brothers that inexplicably can only speak gibberese.

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Ripper_TV

"From now on we'd like to do things ourselves more than just license something."

It's like they saw Disney and decided to do the complete opposite!

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Ixilion

Looks like Bowser's been making some connections in Hollywood for Nintendo ever since he guest starred in that one Disney movie.

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DawgByte2

Mario II: The Plumbers Return.

We can only hope!

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silversix_

Lets hope their movie isn't running in 720p.

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ExoticCharm

@silversix_: As long as Sony isn't involved, the movie should turn out just fine. Last thing we need is for more Sony bombs like Pixels and the Ghostbusters reboot.

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XenomorphAlien

Although I would love to see a Zelda movie, how about you actually get serious about your home consoles?

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Thanatos2k

@xenomorphalien: At this rate they'll release a Zelda movie before the next Zelda game.....

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XenomorphAlien

@Thanatos2k: The sad part is that what you said may be true lol.

Seriously, how long has it been since the last major Zelda game? 5 years?

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Dark_Mits

@xenomorphalien: Depends on what you consider "major". The handheld Zelda games are by no means (in my opinion) minor games, when they have comparable length and gameplay, even if they are not on a home console.

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XenomorphAlien

@Dark_Mits: I'm talking about the ones like Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, Wind Waker, Skyward Sword, etc.

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Heartagram_03

It'd be interesting to see them approach in a Marvel way of movies. Have individual films for characters and release a Smash Bros film. Would be epic with so many cameos and teams.

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Orga777

You can't compare Marvel to Nintendo. Marvel characters have decades of characterization to build a movie off of. Nintendo characters don't have much built in personality in a meaningful way that is meant to carry a film. Mario and Link don't even talk. That stuff works in video games because you are supposed to be placing yourself into the character's shoes. Interactive media can get away with silent protagonists because of that. Movies can't. The medium is too different. It is one of the many reasons why no video game movie has been any good.

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translucent17

If only they'd get serious about making consoles......