Nintendo has a big animated film on the way: a Super Mario movie coming from the Minion-makers at Illumination. And now it looks like that’s going to be just the beginning. While the details remain vague, there’s plenty of talk within the company about developing other feature animated films to follow Mario. Nintendo has been notoriously stand-offish about adapting its titles into films ever since the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie tanked at the box office. But it looks like that’s changing, albeit slowly.
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Though Atari was the first massively successful home video game system, a flood of terrible games, including the infamously awful E.T. video game, brought the industry crashing down in the early 1980s. But in 1985, the world of home video gaming was brought back from the dead thanks to innovation from Japan in the form of Nintendo.
What followed was a massive behemoth of a video game company who dominated the entire market. Nintendo was raking in the dough and made it so that no other game system could even come close to challenging them, not even the return of Atari. But just as the Nintendo Entertainment System and Mario rose out of Japan to reinvigorate home video gaming, so too would SEGA and Sonic the Hedgehog.
In 1989, SEGA was the new, cool kid on the video game block that mixed slick American marketing with traditional Japanese business, literally changing the game and sparking what pop culture would come to know as the Console Wars. It’s all chronicled in the new fascinating and sleek feature documentary of the same name, available today on CBS All Access. Read More »
LEGO is ready to milk your nostalgia for all its worth with a new LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Building Kit for adults. The kit comes with a realistic-looking NES system as well as a retro TV, and while you can’t really play this like an actual NES, it will have mechanical functions that enable you to move an 8-bit Mario across a scrolling screen.
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In the theme park wars, intellectual property reigns supreme. Universal Studios changed the game by incorporating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter into its parks, but with Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge poised to open next year, the rivalry is about to be taken to the next level.
Universal is going to have to implement some flashy new changes to lure guests over from a galaxy far, far away, and now a new rumor says that instead of creating one Nintendo Land in the United States, they’re going to split that intellectual property across multiple parks – and more specifically, a Zelda land is coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Florida.
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Universal Studios Japan held a special event to announce the first official details about their upcoming Nintendo theme park land, Super Nintendo World. Keep on reading to learn the details that were revealed about the land’s signature ride and watch the first commercial, which gives us a peek at the new land.
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UPDATE: We’ve been told this release actually isn’t anything more than an updated version of a 2014 high-definition release with a new Steelbook case. Still, for those who didn’t know this existed, this might be good news.
It’s no secret that the film adaptation of Super Mario Bros. is a complete disaster. The making of the total mess of a video game movie was documented in Blake J. Harris’ book Console Wars (you can read all about it right here). But somehow, there are enough fans of the movie to warrant a release of the movie in high-definition.
Believe it or not, Super Mario Bros. is getting a Blu-ray release next month, and it even has a collectible Steelbook case to keep it safe from anyone who would be crazy enough to steal it for their own collection. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Two weeks ago, one of the most un-secret secrets in the theme park industry was officially pushed into the spotlight: Universal Studios is teaming up with Nintendo to bring the iconic video game publisher’s characters to Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan. Specific details were scarce, but there were promises of “expansive, immersive and interactive” attractions that would make you feel “as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life.” Today, we still don’t know too much more than that, but the first piece of concept art for Nintendo Land has arrived, offering an early look at what the expect as well as the area’s full and proper name.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Back in 2015, we first learned that Universal Studios was teaming up with Nintendo to bring the video game company’s iconic characters and games into their theme parks. Details were scarce – which parks would feature Nintendo characters and how they’d be utilized remained unknown.
Today, the first official details have been revealed. Entire Nintendo-themed lands are being planned for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan and adjectives like “expansive,” “immersive” and “interactive are being tossed around. Hit the jump to learn about the Nintendo Worlds coming to Universal Studios theme parks.
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Plenty of gamers and movie fans will agree that GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64 is the best video game based on a movie ever made. The first person shooter based on the James Bond movie of the same name fro 1995 is still played to this day by those who were smart enough to hold on to their system from the late 90s. But fans have been hoping to see the game get a high-definition re-release for a long time, and it almost happened.
In case you didn’t know, a high-definition redux of the original GoldenEye game was in the works a few years ago for Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360, but it never came to fruition due to a licensing disagreement between Microsoft and Nintendo in 2008. What’s even more frustrating is that the game was just two months from completion, and the closest we’ll get to playing that game is watching some recently revealed gameplay footage that looks absolutely outstanding. Read More »
The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
Disney has a new batch of Sketchbook Ornaments for movies like The Lion King and Alice in Wonderland while LEGO has unveiled their official Adventure Time set. Nintendo has a new mini classic edition of their original system coming with 30 games pre-loaded on it and Nickelodeon has a new subscription box that will be debuting at Comic-Con. There are also new figures for Predator, Frozen, Star Wars Rebels and much more.
See everything in this edition of The Toy Box after the jump. Read More »