Nintendo is Close to Announcing a Partner for New Super Mario Movie

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We’ve learned that Nintendo is finishing up the pre-production details for their long-rumored Super Mario Bros. movie.

The news comes via an interview with Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima and Kyoto Shimbun, where he confirmed the company is getting quite close to officially announcing the movie, provided they reach a deal with a partner.

Kimishima noted the plan is to have the movie out in theaters before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, which is also the year that Nintendo hopes to open the Super Nintendo Land theme park in Universal Studios Japan.

The latest game in the series, Super Mario Odyssey, is now available for the Nintendo Switch. In case you missed it, you can find our review for the game here (we highly recommend it!).

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  • Dave

    hope it isn’t with Illumination Studios. Thats all

  • giygas
  • InkViper

    Please somehow it be Studio Ghibli….. Because you know, fuck Sony Pictures and fuck Disney by the way they been recently, and add Warner Bros to that mix as well.

  • Envy-Noson

    As long as Danny DeVito still got life in him I will continue to push him into every movie possible.
    He deserves time on the big screen.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    The question would be if Studio Ghibli would actually be interested in doing something like that, since most (if not all) of the films they have made were original. Though, just imagine that, two companies known for having one of the most well known people in their respected industries coming together and trying to make a project. Now that would be pretty damn cool. But let’s face it, it’s probably gonna be pixar/disney.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Since the Mario games are about rescuing a princess, I can’t wait to see how much of a Marry Sue they’ll make out of Peach if this is an American made movie.

  • snugdarkly

    She’ll rush out to find him, and she’ll crush everyone in her path with little effort and even less character development. Everything everyone does she can do too, only better. Within days of learning about her power she’ll become the strongest character in the franchise.

    Wait this isn’t Star Wars.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    It’s a shame Bob Hoskins is gone, it would have been an amazing troll if the new movie was a sequel this, considering that the original ended on a cliffhanger.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    With a Mario movie, It will be Peach getting kidnapped, but still beating up her captors in a comedic fashion to hammer in that men are stupid. When Mario goes to rescue her, she will slap his hand away claiming “I don’t need to be rescued!” whilst taking down Bowser with a kick to the nuts, and Mario and Luigi will just watch in awe while they realize that female vulnerability is just an antiquated notion of a bygone era.

  • snugdarkly

    This would be funnier if it weren’t so god damned plausible, but I suppose if Star Wars happened this can too.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Of course, you think SJWs would miss an opportunity as big as Mario?

  • snugdarkly

    Nothing is sacred.

  • Shattno

    I really hope they pull it off, but I’m not going to be surprised if it turns out to be trash, video game movies usually are.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    I think it will be “meh” at best, but it still might sell well since Mario has widespread appeal compared to something more niche like Prince Of Persia or Final Fantasy, both of which were failed movies in the past.

  • Shattno

    I agree, I think meh is the realistic outcome, but they probably will make some money off it

  • Rough
  • A Ninja Bailarina masoquista

    Considering how careful Nintendo is with their IPs, I’m hopeful it will be at least decent. They wouldn’t even let Disney use Mario’s image in Wrexk-it Ralph so they’re probably going to have a carefully layed out plan going into this.

  • A Ninja Bailarina masoquista

    It would be cool if they made her like the Mario comic. Or something like her Paper Mario personality.

  • Shattno

    Yeah, after that first Super Mario movie disaster they become super careful. People probably pitch movies based on their IPs all the time, the fact that they chose to go ahead this time shows that they have confidence in the project. I hope it turns out ok.

  • If this movie is to be made by the Americans, SJWs will ruin it.

  • SevTheBear

    Really hope they go with an animation film and not live action. With we at least have a chance of a decent flick.

  • SevTheBear

    We don’t need more live action crap from Hollywood. We have seen plenty of it over the years.

  • Shattno

    Yeah, exactly what I was thinking.

  • Lea Pastillaroja

    oh god, please anyone but Disney…
    anywhere but the west

  • Lea Pastillaroja

    shut your filthy mouth
    do not invite tragedy upon us
    do not invite disgrace upon Mario
    Disney be cursed
    Walt would gas’em all if he was alive to see what (((they)))’ve made of his name and legacy

  • Wreck-it Ralph came out when Iwata was still around, though. Maybe mr. Kimishima thinks differently about that.

  • lucben999

    No no no. Mario will go to rescue Peach and finds she’s now the leader of the koopas, she captures Mario, drops a feminist spiel about how she doesn’t need saving and proceeds to blow Bowser in front of Mario, then she opens the border of the mushroom kingdom and all the toads get raped. Oh and Bowser is black and has an Arabic surname.

  • InkViper

    You know the reality is that in the end, it probably doesn’t matter what company gets the rights, the boys at Nintendo will ultimately have heavy oversights on the entire project anyway. And if that’s the case it will simply come down to who can produce the most competent results for them, and in many respects maybe that is ultimately Pixar.


    That shit was gold.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Walt was a Freemason pedophile

  • Lea Pastillaroja

    then explain this shit
    as far as i know
    Walt’s opinion on (((them))) ain’t so different than Henry Ford’s

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It’s obviously going to be Illumination. Nintendo has a huge deal with Universal for the theme parks and Universal owns Illumination.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    a bit of a corny vid, but it explains enough

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)

    So…Minions Crossover when?

  • chaoguy

    Even if it’s not SJW infected- think about your average kids movie now. Smarmy comments and celeb voices (Dreamworks style).
    Mario feels like old Disney- 1950s to early 1980s. Not as saccharine as Snow White, but it’s not as cheeky as Toy Story onwards.
    I can’t think of a western studio who’d be able to make something as “innocent”
    as Mario outside of Disney- but they’re full SJW now and even they feel
    like Dreamworks- just better executed (look at the gags and style of
    Zootopia and see if it fits better with Dreamworks or Disney).

  • chaoguy

    He’d work as Kamek.

  • Matz

    If SJWs get their claws with the movie I can bet they will put a Punk Princes wearing black clothes and blue/purple dye and it’s actually more competent than Mario and Luigi and it’s the focus on all promotional materials, that’s kinda the trend nowadays

  • Matz

    Would be cool to see that Bowser’s minions are incompetent as fuck and Peach manages to rescue herself thanks to that only to be captured again because of some absurd shit that it’s out of her control many times, then again that won’t happen because that idea is so clever for Hollywood Writers

  • Bailarina Ninja masoquista

    Mario+Rabbids already happened.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Miyamoto will supervise the movie and will be the producer. Also Ubisoft made Mario x Rabbids crossover and they made it surprisingly good, especially considering the fact that Ubisoft mostly makes garbage now.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    It will be a 3D animated movie.

  • SevTheBear

    I hope so

  • Sean Sharpe

    …it’s not like Nintendo themselves haven’t subverted this, themselves from time to time. A running gag in 3D Land was she keeps escaping and getting kidnapped again, the RPGs almost always play with it someway, and Odyssey even plays with how silly the whole save the princess story gets.

  • Sean Sharpe

    Personally, I hope it doesn’t try to be a serious movie. Like, goof around with the fact that when Mario and Bowser aren’t fighting over Peach, they all go golfing together.

    A defeated Bowser, moping that Mario beat him and saved the princess, asking if they are still up for Tennis next Friday.

    Then introduce a new villain.