Nintendo revealed during its recent financial results briefing when we can expect to see Mario on the big screen, and it’s going to be a while.
The Super Mario Bros. animated film, which Despicable Me and Minions studio Illumination is producing, “is moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022,” according to the report (PDF link).
Other than the fact that its “based on Super Mario Bros.,” not much more about the film has come out since its official announcement a year ago, but we do know that Shigeru Myamoto and Chris Meledandri from Illumination are co-producing the film, so Nintendo will have plenty of creative input.
The report also makes it sound like the planned Super Nintendo World area in Universal Studios Japan, which is located in Osaka, is still on track to open in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. However, it’s unclear how much construction has been completed on the project so far.
Nintendo is looking to majorly expand beyond just video games in the next few years. It announced the opening Nintendo Tokyo, its first official retail shop, where the company plans to “host events and offer opportunities to play games,” while also selling hardware, software, and official merchandise. Interestingly, Nintendo says that its “preparing to make this shop a new base for communicating Nintendo information in Japan, so maybe we can expect more Treehouse Live presentations from there. The shop is scheduled to open in the new Shibuya Parco in fall 2019. Expanding Nintendo’s brand beyond just video games was one of Shuntaro Furukawa’s major initiatives when he became president in June 2018, and it looks like he isn’t wasting any time in bringing his ideas to fruition.