Nintendo and Illumination have formed an alliance. To do what, you may ask? Why, they’re making an animated Super Mario movie, of course.

Super Mario is getting a movie. Not live-action, I promise.
Hopefully not as bad as the other one.

Did you know that Nintendo has a corporate management policy briefing? It sounds like a snooze-fest, but there’s actually some interesting news in it. If you scroll down a bit, you come across two notable pieces of news. The first is that Nintendo will release a Super Mario movie in 2022. There’s no word of cast, plot, or even any hint of a teaser. Just this 2022 release date. Looks like we’re going to have to wait before we hear any official news about it.

Mario jumping away to freedom.
Wait Mario, come back! We need you to tell us about the movie-oh, he got away.

The other bit of news though carries quite a bit of implications. Apparently, Nintendo’s own Shigeru Miyamoto will be producing this 2022 Super Mario movie in partnership with Illumination’s Chris Meledandri. If you think that sounds familiar, you’re not alone.

Despicable Me x Super Mario Crossover?

Minions fitting right into the Mushroom Kingdom.
Definitely looks like the wackier sort of crossover fanfiction.

Illumination is the studio behind the Despicable Me franchise. You know, the one the Minions have taken over? Does this mean that we’ll get to see Minions appear as cameos in this Super Mario movie? I mean, they wouldn’t be out of place in the world of Mario. They’re certainly colorful enough, and wacky enough, to fit right in with the other residents of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Super Mario enemies.
A selection of failed contestants from Gru’s Minion audition.

At the very least, this practically assures that this Super Mario movie will be a fully animated one. Not like that one weird live-action Mario movie. At least, we all hope it isn’t. Once was bad enough.

Not-Luigi and Not-Mario in live action.
Who the hell are you guys?!

Of course, being fully animated isn’t quite a quality assurance either. I mean, look at what happened the last time someone made an animated Super Mario series.

Weirdly fat animated Mario characters.
Why is Luigi the only one who looks normal?! And thin?!

Well, let’s hope Nintendo and Illumination do better than DIC and Saban this time around.


Nintendo and Illumination have partnered to make an animated Super Mario movie, set for release in 2022. Hopefully, they do better than the last time someone tried this.

Source: GamesRadar