Gaming giant Nintendo are reportedly thinking of producing films based on their properties. After a long history of myths and hoaxes, it appears that Mario, Zelda, Link and Samus might make it to the big screen.
Acting company chief (and Mario creator) Shigeru Miyamoto made the announcement in an interview with Fortune magazine, telling the publication the company have been thinking “more and more” about allowing films based on its characters to be made.
“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” he said.
Nintendo is not totally new to the big screen. The first few Pokémon movies saw theatre releases, and the total number (most of which have been straight-to-video) is well over a dozen. Mario and Luigi also had a poorly received theatrical outing courtesy of the late Bob Hoskins in the Super Mario Bros. movie.
But there are plenty of properties left almost untouched by the apparent curse of the video game spin-off film. The Legend of Zelda had an ill-fated cartoon show back around the time Nintendo were licensing the Nintendo Cereal System. Excuuuse us, Princess, but we reckon it might be time it was brought back.
Space-based pirate-blasting and cosmic horror courtesy of Metroid has been curiously lacking in cinematic representation. It may not go amiss in a market that more than ever values a strong and independent female lead.
This isn’t the only non-gaming venture Nintendo’s got themselves involved with recently, either. They’ve recently agreed a partnership with Universal Studios for rides and attractions based on Nintendo properties. The ventures may be an attempt to branch out financially and promotionally in the wake of underwhelming sales of their main home console, the Wii U.