Nintendo theme park

It looks like Disney can’t win all the mega brands, as Japanese video game company Nintendo today announced plans to team with Universal Studios to bring their video game properties to life at Universal Parks & Resorts. But what might a Nintendo theme park look like?

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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 netflix

Netflix and Nintendo are at work potentially developing a TV series based on The Legend of Zelda. The news broke last week and got video game fans salivating. Sure there was a short lived Zelda TV show many years ago, but a Nintendo property hasn’t been adapted into a big budget, live-action…well…anything since the early Nineties. And The Legend of Zelda has long been at the top of fan’s wish lists for a new show of movie.

But what is the show going to be? All we know at the moment is Nintendo and Netflix want a family friendly show with the aesthetic of Game of Thrones. Okay, but how old will Link be? Zelda? Which will be the main character? Is Ganon the bad guy? What story will they use? At this point, without a script or showrunner, all options are likely on the table.

Since most of The Legend of Zelda games are about younger characters, that how we went with our casting wishlist. We tried to pick actors who, for the most part, aren’t super famous but are age appropriate. Actors both in the box and way outside it. The resulting list features lots of people who you may or may not have heard of, but you wouldn’t be surprised to hear were cast on a Netflix show. That’s not to say we didn’t stretch here or there.

So below, we’ve got our own Legend of Zelda Netflix casting wishlist for Link, Zelda, Ganon and then a writer/showrunner/director type. Check it out. 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 »

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 »

zelda-imagi-pitch

Nintendo’s Zelda game series seems tailor-made for a film adaptation, but after the notiorious failure of the Super Mario Bros. movie the company is understandably gun-shy when it comes to bringing games to the big screen.

Nonetheless, Zelda film ideas have come and gone. The studio Imagi tried out for one years ago (see their pitch reel here) and there have been other conversations. Now Eiji Aonuma, in charge of Zelda for Nintendo, says that he’s talked about movie ideas with game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and that they’ve come to a conclusion that might not be exactly what fans want. Read More »

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zelda-imagi-pitch

Nintendo has some of the most well-known video game characters in the world, and you’d think that the company would be happy to turn them into feature movie stars. But the company’s first major foray into the film world turned into quite an embarrassment. Super Mario Brothers really hurt the chances for other Nintendo characters to make the leap to the big screen.

That hasn’t stopped companies from trying to get Nintendo’s attention, however, and several years ago the once-troubled company Imagi (TMNT, Astro Boy) pitched Nintendo on a Legend of Zelda film. A video that is billed as the animated Zelda pitch reel has shown up online, courtesy of former Imagi DP and layout supervisor Adam Holmes.

The design in the pitch is close to the look of Twilight Princess, which was the current Zelda release at the time.  Check out the reel below. Read More »

From the guys that brought us the God of War Indie Movie Trailer and the Super Mario/Tarantino mash-up Inglourious Plummers, comes a flashback to a 1980’s movie which never happened: John Hughes‘ 1987 high school teen big screen adaptation of the popular Nintendo video game The Legend of Zelda.

In this charming critically-acclaimed tale of first love, Link (Jon Tomlinson), an eternal optimist and adventurer, seeks to capture the heart of Zelda, an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student (Zane Bauer). He surprises just about everyone-including himself-when she returns the sentiment. But the high school’s over-possessive, megalomaniacal Principal Ganondorf (Dominic Moschitti) doesn’t approve and it’s going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all. Perfectly capturing the essence of what it means to be a teenager in the 80s, Nick Murphy, Mike Sadorf, and Dom Moschitti reimagine one of the most celebrated video game franchises of all time with the heart, charm, and wit that only they could. It’s the legend of high school. It’s the legend of love. It’s The Legend of Zelda.

It probably should be about a minute shorter, but I kind of dig it. Watch the faux trailer, embedded after the jump.

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