Nintendo May Finally Start Making Movies Again

Nintendo movies

Nintendo made their first and only foray into motion pictures with the positively disastrous 1993 adaptation Super Mario Bros., which was recently skewered by the folks at Honest Trailers. Since then, the video game company has steered clear of bringing any of their other characters to the big screen, and we don’t blame them

But it’s been 22 years now, and with a new deal at Universal Studios bringing Nintendo characters to life in a new theme park environment, the company might be turning over a new leaf when it comes to expanding the media reach of their most treasured characters to create some Nintendo movies. Read More »

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Nintendo theme park

In March, we told you that Japanese video game company Nintendo announced plans to team with Universal Studios to bring their video game properties to life at Universal Parks & Resorts. At the time we joked about the possibility of a real life Nintendo-Land with a side scrolling Mario experience, a Mario Kart racing ride, and more. Well it looks like a Nintendo-Land might not be out of the question as a new rumor suggests that Universal is developing a third park for their Universal Studios Orlando Resort which would have a heavy video game focus, including rides based on Nintendo and Blizzard properties. Find out the details on the Universal video game theme park rumor, after the jump.

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Zelda TV show

The internet did backflips when word came out weeks ago that Netflix would be developing a TV series based on Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda game series. Nintendo is famously protective of its properties, especially in the wake of the Super Mario Brothers movie. There has been a Zelda animated series, but that was quite a while ago; to date, nothing has been adapted to live-action following Mario. So the Zelda TV show was big news.

But even with that original announcement we cautioned that Nintendo could follow through on that protectiveness and pull the plug on the potential series. Now Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata has thrown some real shade on talk of the Zelda TV show, saying it was all based on wrong info. Read More »

Legend of Zelda TV series

For decades, video game fans have been clamoring for some kind of big media translation of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda. We’ve dreamt of movies, TV shows and everything in between. The closest we’ve come is a brief animated series from the late ’80s. Now, those dreams may be about to come true on a bigger scale.

Netflix is reportedly out to writers for a live-action Legend of Zelda TV series. Nintendo is on board and working closely with Netflix but can ultimately scrap the idea if it doesn’t fit in with their vision of the series. Apparently, the streaming provider sees this as kind of a more family-oriented version of Game of Thrones. Read more about the potential Legend of Zelda TV series below. Read More »

max landis super mario script

“This script sucks.” Those three words are emblazoned across a new file screenwriter Max Landis has uploaded to his website. It’s a 436 page script for a movie version of Super Mario World. Yes, the first Super Nintendo entry in the Super Mario Bros. series. Landis uploaded the script as a joke. Just to make sure we’re all in on it, he wrote a few pages of preamble explaining himself.

In those first few pages, Landis explains he wrote the script at 19 and admits “this script sucks” for a ton of reasons. Most scripts equate to a minute per page. Who was going to make a seven hour Super Mario Bros. movie? Not Nintendo. They tried and failed to make a much shorter version in 1993. Landis was 8 at the time so he was very aware of that film.

Still the aspiring screenwriter pressed on and wrote a script where he made cardinal mistakes like describing every beat of every action scene, introducing too many tangential characters and typing out long sections of songs into the screenplay.

Basically, this was an epic time wasting exercise by a talented, possibly crazy, 19-year-old kid figuring out screenwriting. But at least he was writing…and writing…and writing. Below, check out the Max Landis Super Mario script and even see some concept art Landis had drawn for the film. Read More »

Pikmin Movie

Back in 1993, Nintendo officially released their first, and last, live-action movie. Super Mario Bros. was a critical and financial disaster and since then, almost everyone agrees the experience of that film (which you can read about in full, incredible detail right here) has soured the company on licensing their other iconic characters – besides Pokemon –  to Hollywood.

Now, however, Nintendo is working on some kind of secret “research project.” The first result of it is a Pikmin movie, produced by gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto. Titled Pikmin Short Movies, it’s an animated anthology, comprised of three different short films, and will debut next month at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Unless you’re a Pikmin fan, that alone isn’t particularly exciting. I’m more curious of the subtext. The creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda is producing movies now? What could that mean for the future of Nintendo movies? Read More »

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The Fixer Four Players Evan Daugherty

Evan Daugherty is a rising star in Hollywood. He wrote Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now he’s taking an obvious love of ’80s and ’90s pop culture behind the camera. He wrote and directed a four-part short film series called The Four Players, which is a gritty new take on Nintendo’s sacred property Super Mario Bros.

The first two films, The Fixer, which follows Mario, and The Addict, which follows Luigi, are now online. The Star (with Princess Peach) and The Soldier (with Toad) will be online Friday. They’re pretty fun, check them out below. Read More »

Super Smash Wars

Two names that instantly gain my interest are “Nintendo” and “Star Wars.” Mix the two together and you have something potentially exciting.

Director James Farr has just created a web short called Super Smash Wars: A Link To The Hope, which he touts as a “Star Wars / Nintendo-verse Mashup.” It blends music, characters and tropes from popular Nintendo games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros., and adapts them to the classic story of Star Wars. If it’s possible, the results are more awesome than you’re imagining right now. Check it out below. Read More »

Netflix Watch Instantly Coming to Nintendo 3DS

As if the ability to play games and videos with glasses-free 3D, didn’t already make the Nintendo 3DS a desirable piece of tech, they’ve just announced another major perk. Coming this summer, the 3DS will be compatible with Netflix Watch Instantly, allowing users to watch feature length movies and television shows in the palm of their hand. No, they won’t be in 3D, but you will be able to watch movie trailers in 3D. The system itself will be released on March 27 and the Netflix update will become available over the summer. Read the press release and more after the jump. Read More »