Amidst all the hubbub of Mario Kart Tour‘s delay, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate breaking sales records, and Dr. Mario World‘s announcement, there’s one more tidbit you may’ve missed from Nintendo’s Financial Results Briefing: the CGI Super Mario Bros. movie’s release window. According to Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, both Nintendo and producer Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me) are aiming for a 2022 release. Naturally, with the movie so far away, no other details were shared about the elusive film.
For those fearing another disaster in the vein of 1993’s live-action adaption, fret not: as we reported last year, this Mario movie’s been co-produced by series creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination Founder/CEO Chris Meledandri. Miyamoto’s presence highlights what, as elaborated within this Variety interview, Mr. Meledandri believed went wrong with that movie: no collaboration with the original creators. As both Miyamoto and Meledandri apparently hit it off over their similar design philosophies, we can, at the very least, expect a genuine attempt to channel the bouncy, colorful world of Nintendo’s mascot.
Putting it this way: even if you’re no fan of Illumination’s babbling Minions, surely Miyamoto’s involvement inspires more confidence than the Sonic movie posters, am I right?
Do you think Nintendo and Illumination can pull off the impossible in 2022, or will the Mario movie be yet another game-to-film stinker? Let us know in the comments below!