Nintendo is considering new avenues through which to develop its IP — and animation is on the cards.
The current project: The upcoming Super Mario animated feature is being produced by Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions) and due to come out next year. The gaming titan’s global president Shuntaro Furukawa told Fast Company that franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto is closely involved. “It’s not that we’ve asked Illumination to handle everything,” he said. “Mr. Miyamoto is very, very hands-on with the production of this movie.”
More animation could be on the way: Furukawa hinted in the Fast Company interview that animation will be a bigger part of the company’s future plans: “Animation, in general, is something that we are looking into, and not just this franchise.”