It’s been a long time since we last heard anything on the Super Mario film currently in the works, and even longer since the project was first revealed back in 2018. Nintendo assured fans that the film is “moving along smoothly” in a briefing last year, and while news has remained quiet since then, animation appears to remain a priority for the company.

In an interview with Fast Company, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa teased that animation is something the company is considering beyond the Mario film that’s currently in development. “Animation, in general, is something that we are looking into, and not just this franchise.”

Furukawa did not elaborate further, but it’s a promising hint that we may just see other Nintendo franchises — such as The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kirby — reach the silver screen in the future.

The Super Mario film is slated for a theatrical release in 2022.
 

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A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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