Sunday, 17 February 2019

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Nintendo and Illumination Partnering to Create Mario Bros. Movie

Today the Wall Street Journal detailed a potential deal between Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo to create a Super Mario Bros. movie. There is not much good news about this deal. The main point that is an improvement over Nintendo's previous attempt into Hollywood is that it will be animated. Back in 1993, Disney and Nintendo originally partnered to create Super Mario Bros. It didn't do well. The budget for the movie was $48 million dollars, and the domestic lifetime earnings was $20 million dollars. Also, critics and fans alike hated the movie. On Rotten Tomatoes it scored a 15% with critics and 28% with fans. Now, we are just hearing of Nintendo's attempt to give it another shot after 24 years.



The other exciting detail from the article is that an unknown person noted that Miyamoto is pushing to have some involvement in the production. This tied to the fact that it will be animated gives the movie a sliver of hope. The main point I think it has going against it is that the Super Mario games have little to no story. Essentially, Princess Peach is captured by Bowser, Mario then chases after to save Princess Peach. Along the way, he may recruit friends or other types of allies in his journey. He then defeats Bowser and saves the day. The story isn't what makes Mario games great. It's the gameplay, the music, the atmosphere, the exploration, the feel of the game, and so many other things. A movie limits so many of those factors. This makes it difficult to tell a compelling story that will keep audiences engaged.



Hollywood isn't understanding this when it comes to creating movies of games. They are two completely different mediums and do not translate well into each other. Sure the characters are very recognizable and will get people to show up at the movie theater. Especially when the movie targets a younger audience. Maybe Miyamoto will be able to show Illumination what matters in Mario and find a way to tell a story that engages the young audience and brings smiles to the older audience as well. What do you think? Are you excited to hear there will probably be another Super Mario Bros. movie? Will it be good? Let me know in the comments.




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