We know that Nintendo is working on an animated Super Mario movie, set for release in a few years time, but it appears they've got other ambitions for similar projects. In a corporate management meeting earlier today, Nintendo revealed that they have "multiple" visual content projects in the works.
"Going forward, visual content expansion initiatives may not be limited to film," Nintendo announced at the corporate meeting, referencing their "visual content expansion" for multiple new projects. "The scale of our investments will vary based on the type of project, but we will continue to invest in these entertainment expansion initiatives to increase the number of people who have access to our IP."
Nintendo also gave an update on the animated Super Mario movie. "Production is moving ahead smoothly, thanks to the collaboration between Chris Meledandri, found and CEO of Illumination… and Nintendo's Representative Director and Fellow, Shigeru Miyamoto," the briefing reads. The movie is set to be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures in 2022.
This is about as clear a commitment that we've ever got from Nintendo to movies and TV-style content. Going forward with the animated Super Mario movie was one thing, but committing to multiple new projects in 2023 and beyond is certainly an intriguing, and exciting, move from Nintendo.
This all begs the question: what are these additional projects in the works? I could very easily see them all being featured around Mario-centric characters, but I would love an animated Zelda adventure.