Animated Mario Movie

Just last month we got confirmation that Nintendo was teaming with Illumination Entertainment to create an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. The studio behind movies like Despicable Me, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets seemed like an odd choice to bring the Nintendo video game character to the big screen again after all these years, but Nintendo’s co-representative director Shigeru Miyamoto recently explained during an investors meeting why they went with the Universal based animation company.

Find out why the animated Mario movie is heading to Illumination Entertainment below. 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 »

LOL: Inglourious Plummers Movie Trailer


Gamervision has put together a funny movie trailer parody of Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds, set in the world of the Mushroom Kingdom. That’s right, a Super Mario Bros related parody.

“You haven’t seen war… until you’ve seen it through the eyes… of Shigeru Miyamoto!”

Gamers will notice that there are a couple old-school references spread through-out. And you’ve gotta love the sound effect usage. Thanks to brodiemash from dumbdrum for sending this over. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.
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Steven Spielberg Returns to Video Games

 Steven Spielberg is making a return to video games. Newsweek reports that the legendary director has teamed with Mario designer Shigeru Miyamoto to create a new action-puzzle simulator for the Nintendo Wii. Code-named PQRS, the new game “neatly blends the creativity of the building-blocks game Jenga with the charm of a Saturday-morning cartoon. It runs on top of a physics program that lets you manipulate blocks with the Wii remote as if it were an extension of your hand.” You had me at “Spielberg” and “Wii”.

The second game, code-named LMNO is described as North by Northwest meets E.T. but “if E.T. were female, grown up and, um, hot.” In the PS3/X-Box 360 game, you play as an ex-secret agent who forms a bond with the computer-controlled alien woman named Eve. The type of bond you form with her determines the nature of her special abilities and the ways in which she can assist you.

“The challenge is, can the game have an emotional impact on players while they are actively manipulating the world?” says Spielberg.

He’s come a long way since the horrible Atari adaptation of E.T. There is also one more game in the director’s deal with EA. My guess is that it will be code-named TUVW.