It seems like there’s plenty of gaming franchises making the leap to the big screen this year. Hot on the heels of Ratchet & Clank and Angry Birds: The Movie, we’ve got Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed yet to come. Now it seems Nintendo want a slice of the cinematic pie.
CEO Tatsumi Kimishima stated in an interview with Asahi that the company plans to release feature-length films. Now while you may shudder with nightmarish flashbacks to the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie, Kimishima did confirm that these movies will be either hand-drawn or computer animated. That alone sounds promising, as it suggests they’ll be closer to the source material than most live action adaptations of games we’ve seen in the past. Plus, if that recent Star Fox short is anything to go by, then these movies could have potential.
Kimishima noted that while there won’t be a film released this year, it shouldn’t take more than five years. He didn’t specify which franchises will receive the silver screen treatment, so a Zelda movie is still yet to be confirmed. Still, with its popularity and it’s higher focus on narrative above Nintendo’s other properties, I could see a Zelda movie happening.