Nintendo Wants to Produce Movies Based on Its Most Popular Video-Game Characters and Titles


Nintendo is chasing silver-screen dreams, according to the Asahi Shimbun, because the game maker wants more opportunities to support its most popular franchises. The company's president, Tatsumi Kimishima, told the Japanese paper Monday that he and his team are "negotiating with a number of movie production companies around the world in search of a partner for full-fledged filmmaking," though they "want to do as much as we can by ourselves." Nintendo has historically licensed its properties for TV series and films, but now it wants a more active role in production, financially and creatively. Kimishima didn't share many other specifics, but the Shimbun noted that prospective films would enjoy global releases and likely unspool as 3D-animated features. The first project is slated to arrive two-to-three years from now and will showcase "characters everyone knows," according to Variety. Super Smash Bros.: The Movie, anyone?