Monday, May 16, 2016

Nintendo Is Going To The Movies!

I...um...what?

Nintendo wants to make movies. That's according to an interview from The Asahi Shimbun with current President Tatsumi Kimishima. And look, I linked the interview! Not that hard to connect information to the source, news outlets. Just saying.

But that's a pretty big deal given the train wreck of the past movie attempts, where Nintendo's involvement was simply to license the product name. Maybe having a hand in developing the films will help create some credibility? Kimishima mentioned that they have been in talks with several studios globally to look for a team that can fully dedicate itself to producing films, but that they want to do as much of the work themselves as they can. Keep the Nintendo label clean and bug-free, so to speak.

As far as details, that's about as much as you're going to get today. There was no mention of what games would be licensed to films, or a turn-around time. Some outlets are reporting 2-3 years, but it could be longer then that. What Nintendo does want is to make films as part of a standalone business in conjunction with their games. They want something that will translate globally for all audiences. And they want something that will represent the company in the best life. So no 'Super Mario Bros. II.'

Frankly, I'm surprised Nintendo is going down this path. Gamers have hopes for the new AssCreed movie (hopefully Kanye West-gayfish-free after the trailer release), but as a whole the genre has been stagnant. Nothing has propelled game movies forward for people to take them seriously. And Nintendo is not known for taking these kinds of risks. It's interesting to review...and maybe this is exactly what game movies need?

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