Nintendo has seemingly mastered the art of the family-friendly video game over the past 30 years, and the company is now looking to its next entertainment vehicle: film.
In an interview with Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima explained that the video game giant would use funds from its sale of its majority stake in the Seattle Mariners baseball team to back production.
This wouldn't just be a licensing project. Nintendo plans to head production, similar to what Marvel has done with franchises it hasn't sold to Fox and Sony. Movies from the Japanese game company likely won't be seen for a few years.
This news comes while we wait for the NX, Nintendo's next big gaming platform that will release in March 2017. In the meantime, the Wii U console is floundering and Nintendo is attempting to establish a foothold in mobile gaming.
The news of Nintendo-themed movies is an exciting one, especially with Nintendo maintaining creative control. Here are five movies based on Nintendo franchises that we hope to see.
Super Mario Bros.
Let's start with the obvious one. Wipe the memories of the horrid Bob Hoskins and Jon Leguizamo adaptation from 1993 from your mind, because Nintendo would likely take a more faithful approach. A Super Mario Bros. film should be animated and simple. Take the typical save-the-princess plot and add in the lighthearted atmosphere of the Magic Kingdom and dark dungeons that Bowser frequents. You really can't go wrong.
The Legend of Zelda
Each Legend of Zelda game has a story and locale worthy of the silver screen. While die-hard fans might want immediate adaptations of Ocarina of Time or Majora's Mask, the time travel aspects might be a bit much for first time viewers. I'd propose taking the sea-faring, lighthearted aspects of my favorite Zelda game, The Wind Waker, with some of the originating lore in the first game from 1986.
Pikmin is lesser-known, especially to general audiences, but it would be perfect for the movies. Captain Olimar's kooky adventure to rebuild his spaceship with the help of some tiny plant friends would all be on the scale of Marvel's Ant-Man, which could create some stunning visuals and unexpected surprises. Heck, make this one in 3D.
Metroid: Zero Mission
Nintendo's most badass heroine needs her own movie, and we want it now. Metroid: Zero Mission would take us to space, show us Samus' backstory and could be Nintendo's more adult entry into Hollywood. The fact that Samus is a woman may no longer be a surprise, but Samus upgrading her armor and kicking Space Pirate butt on planet Zebes would be a treat.
Maybe you didn't take your kids to see "Creed," but putting a little magical realism into Rocky could make for a fun film for the whole family. Seeing Little Mac train under his coach, Doc Louis, to be the best boxer he can be would be an inspiring story. Add in a rogue's gallery including Glass Joe, Pison Honda and King Hippo and you'll have colorful characters for the kids, too. Mike Tyson could even make a guest appearance as Mr. Dream.