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It seems like a lifetime ago that Nintendo announced it was partnering up with the Minions at Illumination for Super Mario Bros. movie. Lucky for us, during today’s Financial Results Briefing in Japan, Nintendo has confirmed that the project is still on the way and is “moving along smoothly.”

The motion picture project that we are developing in partnership with Illumination, is one of the bigger examples of such projects that we are undertaking. As we have shared previously, production is moving along smoothly aiming for a theatrical release in 2022. This is a project that Nintendo is proactively involved in from its development and production, and we will also own the rights so that the movie can be leveraged for business opportunities. The movie will be jointly produced by Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director and Fellow at Nintendo, as well as Mr. Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination. Funding for this movie will be provided by Nintendo and Universal Pictures, and Universal Pictures will also be handling the distribution and promotion of the movie.

While two years may seem like a long time, the release will be here before you know it. And while we wait, at least we got that Sonic movie coming!


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Written by Jason Ganos

Nintendo super fan since birth, Jason is the creator of Amiibo News and editor-in-chief at Nintendo Wire. One of his life goals is to provide the latest Nintendo news to fellow gamers with his natural know-how.