Nintendo Confirm Animated Mario Movie from Studio That Brought Us Despicable Me

Posted February 2, 2018 by Richard Lee Breslin in Entertainment, Films, Gaming News, Nintendo

It has been speculated for quite some time already, but Nintendo has officially confirmed that a new Mario movie will be on its way and it will be created by Illumination Entertainment, the same animation studio responsible for hits such as Minions and the Despicable Me movies, so it certainly has some pedigree at the very least.

Heading the charge at Illumination Studios will be Minions creator Chris Meledandri and he will be joined by the creator of Mario himself; Shigeru Miyamoto.  We don’t know when the animated movie will release or who will star in the roles, but it’s a safe bet that the voice of Mario; Charles Martinet will reprise his role in the forthcoming movie (if not, we riot).

It’s also worth nothing the Illumination Entertainment is owned by Universal, who has recently penned another deal with Nintendo to host Nintendo Land in three of the Universal Studios theme parks, with the first of the Nintendo themed attractions expected to open in 2020.

The last Mario movie to hit the big screen was way back in 1993 with Super Mario Bros., a live-action adaptation starring the late, great Bob Hoskins as Mario, John Leguizamo as Luigi and Dennis Hopper as King Kooper.  The 1993 movie is very much a hit and miss depending on who you ask, but there’s little denying that this new animated movie has a lot of potential indeed.

Are you excited for this new animated Mario movie?  Let us know in the comments.


Richard Lee Breslin
Richard Lee Breslin

Gamimg has been my life for 30+ years and will always be my passion. I have a BDes Hons Games Development and Digital Media, and I hope to one day turn my passion for gaming and writing into a living. My favourite gaming series are Resi Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted and The Last of Us. I collect gaming merchandise, comics and movies. I love football (namely Aston Villa) and WWE. I can also often be found wondering the outskirts of Raccoon City. Follow me on Twitter @Solidus5nake

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