Sounds Like Nintendo Is Getting Serious About Making Movies

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.

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.

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