Gaming company Nintendo dropped the Super Mario Bros live action flick in 1993, and simply put, audiences weren't exactly feeling it. Ever since then, they've been pretty careful with their iconic characters and properties - at least as putting them on the big screen goes.
Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto sat down with Fortune, though, about possibly venturing back to the theater with some of the franchises that put Nintendo on the map. I'm not saying we're going to see something as epic and complex as the Marvel Cinematic Universe any time soon from Nintendo, but take a look at what Miyamoto had to say.
He mentioned the challenge of video game to movie adaptations:
“Because games and movies seem like similar mediums, people’s natural expectation is we want to take our games and turn them into movies. … I’ve always felt video games, being an interactive medium, and movies, being a passive medium, mean the two are quite different.”
Miyamoto was "quick to deny" a live-action Zelda series on Netflix, but we've already seen Nintendo characters in Wreck-It Ralph and Pixels, which proves they're loosening their grip a bit on some of these characters from the legendary games.
Here's a subtle inclusion to their June earnings report that proves they might be interested in some film adaptations:
“For Nintendo IP, a more active approach will be taken in areas outside the video game business, including visual content production and character merchandising.”
Miyamoto verified that we could expect Nintendo-based movies:
“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.”
What do you think? Are there any specific Nintendo characters you would like to see in a movie? I, personally, want to see a Bowser or Wario film.