A long string of rumors have been bred by a statement at E3 that Nintendo might take on Hollywood again and will be featured on the big screen sometime in the future. It could happen, but the question stands if it should.
Back in 1993, the videogames giant and innovator, released the Super Mario Bros flick which dramatically and embarrassingly flopped. It could not qualify as even close to the successful videogame franchise, without a proper visual representation and unable to depict the game play or storyline fans expected.
And then, it seemed to be the end of Nintendo’s trip to Hollywood. However, recent rumors sparked by Shigeru Miyamoto, a company’s representative, might hint that they’re not ready to give up the dream just yet.
Miyamoto has recounted that they have been approached numerous times by movie makers to adapt their games to the big screen, or to at least develop videogames in tandem with other franchises, but they have seemingly refused. The reason has been stated to be the disproportional relationship between videogames and movies, which is a highly reasonable explanation.
There quite a thick and clear line drawn between the two mediums. While movies turning into videogames have inspired excellent franchises, such as Star Wars, when companies have tried to switch their videogames into movies, they were met with disappointing results.
There are many examples throughout the years, such as fighting game Street Fighter, Silent Hill or Blood Rayne. The two Mortal Kombat movies that came out are still a dark spot in the history of moviemaking that fans of the franchise have either blocked out or refuse to talk about for the sake of their love for the game.
However, in spite of the discouraging records, Nintendo has hinted that they might broaden the spectrum of entertainment and will be “potentially” looking toward the movie business in the future, according to Miyamoto. There have been previous rumors that a Legend of Zelda will be adapted by Netflix, but they have been rapidly squished, much to the disappointment of fans.
Due to their partnership with Universal Studious, perhaps Nintendo is indeed planning on taking on a full movie production that will be, let’s say, not bad. The gamemaker giant certainly has an arsenal of colorful characters and interesting storylines that might prove to be a good start for a potential movie, but history is not other their side.
Neither their previous attempt nor Hollywood in general is kind to videogames turning into movies, though the trend might be shifting in the future with adaptations such as Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft coming up. It could be a potential well of opportunities, or simply another flop, but it remains to be seen if the clues and hints have been pointing in the expected direction.
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