Furukawa said Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is very practical with the upcoming Super Mario movie. Studios Illumination, the creators of Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss’s adaptations of “The Lorax and The Grinch” are doing well, but that doesn’t mean Miyamoto’s influence won’t be absent.
“Not that we asked Illumination to handle everything,”
Both Furukawa and Miyamoto remain unanimous that these additional projects are intended to add to Nintendo’s games, not weaken them. Speaking about expanding Nintendo’s IP use, Furukawa said: “We need to make sure that the results are true to the players’ experience and that they never stop Nintendo developers from making another unique game with the same characters.”
Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Kirby have received TV adaptations at some point, but decades have passed since a full-fledged Nintendo TV show, with the exception of Pokemon, of course. Still, Nintendo is known to experiment with animation projects.
In the Wii U era, Nintendo released animated shorts directly on the Nintendo eShop and its YouTube page. In 2014, Nintendo released three animated Pikmin shorts on eShop before releasing the videos on YouTube last year.In 2016, to coincide with the release of the Wii U on Star Fox Zero, Nintendo partnered with Production IG and WIT Studios of Attack on Titan to create Star Fox Zero – The Battle Begins; A 15-minute animated short story about the Star Fox crew from Fox, Falco, Peppy and Slippy. Miyamoto was practical with both the Pikmin and Star Fox projects.
In addition to these standalone animated versions, Nintendo is also partnering with Robot Chicken to create segments for its 2014 E3 digital event.
Any video game movie in development (almost)
The Super Mario movie is yet to be released next year.
Logan Plant is an IGN news writer and production assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, Nintendo’s weekly show on IGN. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.