Sorry, Nintendo fans, look like you have a few more years to wait until that mythical animated “Super Mario Bros” movie hits theaters. Insert frowny face [here].
According to Nintendo’s quarterly financial report, the movie is not likely to release until sometime in the distant year of 2022. This came from their section on IP expansion, which detailed partnerships with other companies to expand the number of people who have regular access to Nintendo IP in areas other than video games.
This includes character merchandise, theme parks, and other such
business licensing business initiatives and initiatives in the video content business, such as the aforementioned film.
Here is the full paragraph from their report:
Theme park development with Universal Parks & Resorts is underway. Construction on the “Super Nintendo World” area at Universal Studios Japan is to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In addition, the development of animated film based on “Super Mario Bros.” with Illumination is moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022.
On the upside on the IP front, Nintendo plans to open their first official Nintendo shop in Japan, called NINTENDO TOKYO. The store will open in Shibuya later this fall. For real, though, how has there not been an official Nintendo store in Japan before?