I don’t think younger Pokémon fans who have grown up with this series all of their lives can comprehend what it was like when the first games hit shelves in the late ’90s. It was a like a freight train had collided with popular culture. Everyone knew about Pokémon and everyone who played video games owned copy of Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue. You saw Gameboys everywhere you went, each of them wielded by children and adults trying to catch ’em all and whatnot. For those with no interest in the series and its later incarnations in other media, it was a profoundly annoying couple of years. This was the rare game to achieve total cultural saturation.
In other words, a well-made live-action Pokémon movie feels like a license to print money, a fact that is certainly not lost on the three studios currently vying for the rights to produce such a thing. This is no ordinary bidding war, though. There are actually a few cultural roadblocks that have made this one a little more interesting.
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Last August, Nintendo announced that they were exploring the possibility of turning some of their video game properties into feature films. The company was turned off of the idea of adapting their video games into movies after the disaster that was Super Mario Bros. back in 1993, but over 20 years later, Nintendo’s creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto said:
“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.”
We haven’t heard of any development on specific properties heading to the big screen, but if UFC champion turned actress Ronda Rousey had the opportunity, she would love to bring bounty hunter Samus Aran to life in a Metroid movie. Read More »
If you grew up with an older sibling and a video game system, you probably spent a lot of time watching that sibling play the game, because that’s just how the hierarchy of household fun works. And if you’re anxious to relive the pure fun of watching someone else play a video game, then you’ll be happy to hear about this new Mario Kart competition TV series coming to Disney XD this month. Read More »
Nostalgia is king right now, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone to hear that one man set out with a goal to purchase all 678 games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System video games from 1985.
We all have dreams, and Jay Bartlett‘s was to track down every single one of those video game cartridges (or Game Paks if you want to be more accurate). But he decided to make it a little more challenging. Essentially creating his own real-life video game, Bartlett set out to collect all these video games in just 30 days, and to make it even more difficult, he decided not to buy any of those games online.
Now see a bit of his journey the Nintendo Quest trailer, teasing a documentary chronicling his adventure and also the history and legacy of Nintendo. Read More »
Not too long ago, we heard that Nintendo was considering getting back in the business of making movies, which could result in properties like Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid coming to the big screen, and maybe even a second attempt at a Super Mario Bros. movie. But there’s one character familiar to Nintendo fans who already has a movie in development, and it’s not because of the video game company’s renewed interest in the movie business.
20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertaiment are currently developing a a Mega Man movie, based on the popular video game franchise that came straight out of Japan and landed in our Nintendo and Game Boy video game systems in the 80s and 90s. Read More »
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 »
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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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 »
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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 »
“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 »