After it was recently revealed that Nintendo would begin work on movies based on some of our favorite franchises, there has been much speculation and debate as to which films they may produce and how serious they are in their production. In the past, Nintendo films have been met with a lot of criticism, so many fans are wary of this new-found ambition.

However, it would seem that production of these films are already in full swing, as a new job listing posted by Nintendo of America shows. In the advert, Nintendo are looking to hire an IP Art Asset Specialist for their offices in Redmond, WA. The description specifies, however, that the job involves work for “use in movies and external websites”.

It also says that the job role will work on “franchises such as Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Splatoon“, suggesting that these could well be some of the potential subjects for the upcoming movies. However, the job role will also focus on “merchandise, including toys, figures and clothing; promotional materials for events including objects and full-body suits; and character proposals and artwork”, so it is hard to be certain.

Either way, it’s a great sign that Nintendo are fully committed to their movie production this time round and that development is soon to begin. We can’t wait!

Which Nintendo movie do you want to see first?

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  • Joaquin

    Nintendo should buy or merge with the old Studio Ghibli.
    That is the art style and story telling I would love to see for Zelda.
    Really hope they don’t make movies “American style”

    • Miguel Arturo Palomares

      imagine ghibli, nintendo and guillermo del toro working together for a zelda thriller

      • Joaquin

        It would be AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL!!!!

        • Andrew Brecht

          Ghibli, heck yeah!! Anything anime style will do, really.

  • Trixi

    Yeah, my primary issue with the whole movies thing stems from the fact I know I think of the entire Zelda cast as having the same sort of voicework as say… Most of the elves from the Lord of the Rings series. Softer, more… I dunno, celtic-sounding? I don’t know the right descriptor because I’ve never thought in-depth about the voices; they just felt so right. Could also definitely see myself being attached to a Japanese voice actor with the right tone, but I’m super nervous about any movie work potentially being full of hard US accents, especially because of that… *shudder* cartoon I remember watching at one point online.

    • link28

      I think an animated movie Will be better than a life action one

  • Isaac Cook

    Zelda has the storylines and characters to justify a movie, but there’s next to no voice work, not to mention the fact that Link never speaks at all. I think it’d be better to explore different franchises first.

    • Andrew Brecht

      It shouldn’t be too hard giving everyone voices, even Link. It’ll take some extra creativity, sure, but this is Nintendo; they’re the world’s supreme masters of creativity (in my mind anyway)!

      • Isaac Cook

        You’re talking about the company that remade the same “New Super Mario Bros.” game five times.

        • Andrew Brecht

          I’m also talking about the game that did 2 Super Mario Galaxies!
          But I see your point. They aren’t perfect.

          • Isaac Cook

            One of which had a skeletal narrative at best compared to it’s predecessor.

            The point is that Nintendo no longer seems capable of building up a good story the way they used to.

          • Andrew Brecht

            Oh right. I was thinking mostly of gameplay there. Well, I don’t know what they’ll do. Could fail. But I’m still pretty excited.

  • Andrew Brecht

    I want to see it in Anime! Ghibli would definitely do great on it, but I just want them to forget CGI and fancy special effects just this once and do an anime movie.

    There’s so much to the series’ narratives that, assuming there’s only one movie planned, I don’t care if they forget the timeline and-just a thought-maybe even blend a few universes from the series. I don’t know what to say. There’s so much I love about this series. I’m sure they’ll work it out.

    Just take the time you need, Nintendo. Man, I’m psyched!

  • Catqueen25

    Don’t screw this up, Nintendo! I will be happy to provide the script for you! We do not need a repeat of Super Mario Bros the Movie! (Shudders) I have it on DVD. I only bought it to go with my collection.

    • Michael J Davidson

      I’m pretty sure any of us would be happy to provide Nintendo with a script. I’ve always said this, hire FANS. Marvel hire people who are talented in their field, but they’re also fans of what they’re working on. Nintendo needs to do the same.