Nintendo fans have been awaiting new details on the animated adaptation of the Mushroom Kingdom from Illumination. Ever since Shigeru Miyamoto announced the cast list for the Super Mario Bros. movie, things have been quiet from this joint partnership with Universal, even as Sonic the Hedgehog and Paramount speed towards their second box office success.
Well, we finally have news, and unfortunately it’s nothing akin to the memetic, Chris Pratt-filled reveal. Per Miyamato himself, the Super Mario Bros. movie has been delayed to Spring 2023.
This is Miyamoto. After consulting with Chris-san, my partner at Illumination on the Super Mario Bros. film, we decided to move the global release to Spring 2023–April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. My deepest apologies but I promise it will be well worth the wait.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 26, 2022
On the plus side, there are specific dates in place. In North America we’ll be able to see the film starting April 7th, while Japan will have to wait until April 28th. No other news for other territories have been shared, but it’s likely they’ll fall within that same frame of time. This represents a four to five month slip from the previous “Holiday 2022” date, though no reason for the delay was provided.
Hopefully we’ll have some sort of trailer in the coming months (perhaps in line with Nintendo’s typical summer Direct?), but for now let’s all join in shared disappointment that we won’t be spending the holidays with Seth Rogen’s Donkey Kong after all.
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