Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has revealed plans that the gaming company is re-entering the world of movies.
In an interview with national newspaper Asahi Shinbun published today, Kimishima said that it will use some of the revenue from Nintendo’s recent sale of the Seattle Mariners to fund ventures into animated movies. The company is not considering live-action; Kimishima specifically noted the commercial and critical failure of 1993’s Super Mario Bros. as the reason why.
Nintendo expects to ready its first title within the next two to three years, and are aiming to produce Pixar-style 3D or anime-type content. It plans to release the films globally and are planning to partner “with multiple production studios from around the world.”
Kimishima “refuses to specify” which franchises will feature in their first film projects.