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Nintendo might be game to make movies again

08.24.2015

Video games hardly have the best track record when it comes to being adapted into feature film form. Let's face it... They're almost all terrible, with one having to put more thought into arriving at one that was somewhat serviceable than they would in running off a list of the bad ones.

Every time one of these projects are announced, we all get together and collectively cross our fingers that this time might be different, but, in the end, we all wind up walking away disappointed, wondering how we let ourselves be fooled again. There are a number of projects on the horizon - ASSASSIN'S CREED, WARCRAFT and SPLINTER CELL, among others - that have gamers believing they might see a good video game movie once in their lifetime. Game publishers keep looking for new ways to expand their popular titles, bringing them to the big screen as a new source of revenue for them but also a way to grow their audiences. However, while they all jockey for position to be the one to do this transition correctly, Nintendo, one of the industry's giants, has remained on the sidelines.

Now it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that they've maintained their distance from Hollywood ever since the great SUPER MARIO BROS. debacle of 1993, but the times may be a-changin'. Nintendo might be ready to jump back into the movie-making business as the company looks to move beyond only making video games.

In the company's June earning, a little-noted statement was made about taking a more active approach in visual content production and character merchandising, but now Nintendo is taking greater steps forward to do something large with Nintendo’s Software Planning & Development (SPD) Division overseeing any advances Hollywood might make in bringing another of their IPs to the big screen after all these years.

The SPD division is headed up by Shigeru Miyamoto, the man responsible for many of Nintendo's creative achievements over the years, and, with Shinya Takahashi, general manager of Nintendo SPD, by his side, something could happen sooner rather than never.

"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—and we’ll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future."

That doesn't mean Nintendo is ready to stamp their seal of approval on a SUPER MARIO BROS. reboot or that those rumors of a LEGEND OF ZELDA live-action series on Netflix are going to bear any fruit, but it does mean the company is showing signs of moving off their stance of doing no movies at all... or at the very least of doing more than licensing out their characters for cameos in films like WRECK-IT RALPH or PIXELS.

I doubt it'll be anything like this though...

Source: Fortune

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11:56PM on 08/25/2015
No live-action movie based on a video-game has been better than average, regardless of the source material. Nintendo games might be the best, but that won't change anything.
No live-action movie based on a video-game has been better than average, regardless of the source material. Nintendo games might be the best, but that won't change anything.
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5:10PM on 08/25/2015
Super Mario Bros. reboot is a must, but yea I have a soft spot for the first movie though, definitely awfully good.
Super Mario Bros. reboot is a must, but yea I have a soft spot for the first movie though, definitely awfully good.
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9:34AM on 08/25/2015
Call me crazy, but I think it might work. But I'm not sold on the idea of having another live action movie. Why not just make a 3D animated feature film with an all star cast of voice actors and a Pixar budget? You know, like Wreck-It-Ralph. I'd watch the heck out of that.

Oh, Metal Gear is Konami property, by the way. Not Nintendo. And with franchise creator Hideo Kojima laid off by Konami a few months ago, things are looking bleak for the series.
Call me crazy, but I think it might work. But I'm not sold on the idea of having another live action movie. Why not just make a 3D animated feature film with an all star cast of voice actors and a Pixar budget? You know, like Wreck-It-Ralph. I'd watch the heck out of that.

Oh, Metal Gear is Konami property, by the way. Not Nintendo. And with franchise creator Hideo Kojima laid off by Konami a few months ago, things are looking bleak for the series.
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8:37AM on 08/25/2015
I think it would be worth it to do a reboot of the Super Mario franchise. They can go balls out and actually have the world from the video games on screen - granted it will be mostly green screen to create the scenes. But they should definitely cast Nick Offerman as Mario.
I think it would be worth it to do a reboot of the Super Mario franchise. They can go balls out and actually have the world from the video games on screen - granted it will be mostly green screen to create the scenes. But they should definitely cast Nick Offerman as Mario.
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11:07PM on 08/24/2015
Ok. So if they were smart about it, they could take some of their properties and do something ala Wreck it Ralph or even The Lego Movie. On a side note, games like Metal Gear Solid have the ability to become a blockbuster spy franchise. My advice to these companies turning their games into films is to take it as seriously and invest as much time and money as they do in their games into their films. If they actually cared instead of crapping out subpar video game movies. Its fairly sinple. Some
Ok. So if they were smart about it, they could take some of their properties and do something ala Wreck it Ralph or even The Lego Movie. On a side note, games like Metal Gear Solid have the ability to become a blockbuster spy franchise. My advice to these companies turning their games into films is to take it as seriously and invest as much time and money as they do in their games into their films. If they actually cared instead of crapping out subpar video game movies. Its fairly sinple. Some of the stories in games have better writing than I have seen in a lot of franchises. Care for your product and the end result will show you were careful. That is all. Stop hiring someone like McG and hire someone like Cary Fukunaga and the sky's the limit. Can you imagine Metal Gear shot 3rd person like that 7 min scene in True Detective season 1? My God!
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8:20PM on 08/24/2015
Pokemon is a must.
Pokemon is a must.
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11:40PM on 08/24/2015
Yes!
Yes!
7:41PM on 08/24/2015
Please make Metal Gear Solid movie.
Please make Metal Gear Solid movie.
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12:47AM on 08/25/2015
That's Konami, not Nintendo. Also, Konami is too busy making pachinko machines to even care about their fans.
That's Konami, not Nintendo. Also, Konami is too busy making pachinko machines to even care about their fans.
3:26AM on 08/25/2015
Aww, I thought it's Nintendo. Thanks, man.
Aww, I thought it's Nintendo. Thanks, man.
6:21PM on 08/24/2015
I still can't believe they haven't made an animated Mario Bros. movie yet. If done right (I'm thinking Lego movie style tone/humor), it would be huge.
I still can't believe they haven't made an animated Mario Bros. movie yet. If done right (I'm thinking Lego movie style tone/humor), it would be huge.
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6:04PM on 08/24/2015

Just Make Super Mario Bros. 2

We didn't actually hate Super Mario Bros. the movie. It was a cool gritty world for Mario. Sure some characters didn't make sense (giant goombas with baby heads) , but it was trying to be sort of silly, and made the best out of a world that has never made sense. Oh you were upset a movie adaption of a kids video game about plumbers who travel through pipes to worlds filled with turtles with wings and babombs wasnt up to your standards? Give me a break people. As a kid this was the one movie I
We didn't actually hate Super Mario Bros. the movie. It was a cool gritty world for Mario. Sure some characters didn't make sense (giant goombas with baby heads) , but it was trying to be sort of silly, and made the best out of a world that has never made sense. Oh you were upset a movie adaption of a kids video game about plumbers who travel through pipes to worlds filled with turtles with wings and babombs wasnt up to your standards? Give me a break people. As a kid this was the one movie I thought needed a sequel more than any other. It left with a huge cliff hanger that opened the door for the next chapter....
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6:16PM on 08/24/2015
Yeah, I liked it as a kid. And wanted a sequel. I had no idea what a clusterfuck the movie had been to make, but I liked the unique world. If there's one guilty pleasure bad movie, this might be it. I feel bad because Bob Hoskins might've been my favorite actor of all time, and he didn't mince words about how much he hated that movie.
Yeah, I liked it as a kid. And wanted a sequel. I had no idea what a clusterfuck the movie had been to make, but I liked the unique world. If there's one guilty pleasure bad movie, this might be it. I feel bad because Bob Hoskins might've been my favorite actor of all time, and he didn't mince words about how much he hated that movie.
7:25PM on 08/24/2015
Hell yes!
Hell yes!
5:59PM on 08/24/2015
How about an Ikari Warriors movie?
How about an Ikari Warriors movie?
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