VG247 reports that Nintendo could be interested in opening up the floodgates for brand new movies based on properties like Mario, Zelda, and many other of its familiar franchises.
In an interview with Fortune, Shigeru Miyamoto divulged how several fans over the years have come forth and asked the monolithic company about why they haven't released another movie about property X or why they don't release a movie and game together for project Y at the same time. The head of Nintendo's Software Planning & Development Division will be discussing this and more alongside the SPF general manager Shinya Takashi.
“Because games and movies seem like similar mediums, people’s natural expectation is we want to take our games and turn them into movies. … I’ve always felt video games, being an interactive medium, and movies, being a passive medium, mean the two are quite different."
Miyamoto isn't alone in this feeling, as many view the two mediums as very different beasts. Games and movies both have alternate means of connecting with their audiences, and while they share similar traits, they're absolutely not the same. That's why they complement each other so well. But as we know, some movies can make great games. And some games can make great movies. That's not always the case of course, but I certainly wouldn't be opposed to the company trying something new in the future.
“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.”
Nintendo isn't one to very quickly offer its franchises up to the first Tom, Dick, or Harry who comes flashing wads of money in their faces, as their IPs are incredibly important to them. For the longest time we didn't see third-party developers taking Nintendo IPs and running with them, either. There's a good reason for that, and it mainly involves the fact that we wouldn't want to see Nintendo's beloved characters dragged through the dirt. Just look at what happened with Sonic.
By the same token, I'm not sure that I want any new Nintendo movies. I already saw enough with Super Mario Bros., and that turned me off for quite some time. Could any of the IPs be done justice? Only if Nintendo had direct involvement, probably. Why not just bite the bullet and make an animated movie already? That's what the people want to see.
How do you feel about Nintendo's possible return to movies?