So lately, Nintendo has been interested in going into the film business, right? Well, as it turns out, they’re pretty serious about it. Even to the point of outright buying their own animation studio to turn into Nintendo Pictures.

The Birth of Nintendo Pictures

Dynamo Pictures logo.
Soon to not be the logo any longer.

Nintendo has just announced that they have acquired Dynamo Pictures. In fact, they’ve outright bought 100% of Dynamo Pictures’ outstanding shares (excluding treasury shares), resulting in it now being entirely a subsidiary of the video game company. The acquisition will officially close on October 3, 2022. However, from the look of things, it seems that Dynamo Pictures is well and truly bought.

Not only that, but Nintendo apparently also plans to rename their purchase entirely. Apparently, they plan to rename Dynamo Pictures into “Nintendo Pictures Co., Ltd.” outright. Nintendo has not released any timeline as to when this name change will occur. However, since it was a condition of the acquisition, you can expect that it’s going to happen pretty soon.

More Nintendo Media Inbound? (Speculation Time!)

"Super Mario: The Movie" film poster.
Well, in addition to this one, that is.

Some of you might be wondering what Dynamo Pictures, sorry, Nintendo Pictures now, is. Well, it’s a CG production company responsible for the CG in numerous video games and anime. In fact, according to their article on IMDb, the list includes video games Death Stranding, Persona 5, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and anime Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Yuri!!! On Ice, and Giovanni’s Island. With a pedigree like that, it’s easy to see why Nintendo acquired them.

There’s no way Nintendo would acquire this company unless they were planning to have them work on films and TV shows. Nintendo has been expressing much interest in expanding beyond video games as of late. Their as-of-yet untitled Mario film set for release on April 7, 2023, and made in cooperation with Chris Meledandri and Illumination (Despicable Me, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets) should be a big clue as to that. This could very well be the prelude to a host of new Nintendo media.

As of yet though, we have no official information on what these could be. However, we can speculate on what they might be based on Dynamo Pictures’ past works. See, according to their IMDb article, one of their past accomplishments was Metroid: Other M. However, the fact that they did work on it might suggest that a Metroid film might be in the works at Nintendo. Just hopefully not based on Other M. The story was horrible enough in game form. We don’t need a film version of it. Keep in mind though that this is just baseless and hopeful speculation from me until we hear anything official from Nintendo or Nintendo Pictures. Take it with as many grains of salt as you like.

Source: Nintendo, IMDb