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Super Mario To meet The Minions In New Movie Project

Super Mario Figurine.Sergey Galyonkin/Wikimedia

Nintendo’s iconic character Mario of the Super Mario franchise has seen his fair share of crossovers before. Now, it would seem that the platforming star is about to meet some new faces in the form of the bumbling yellow animated characters, the Minions. A movie is apparently being made with these iconic figures in mind, and it is reportedly being worked on by the same people behind Despicable Me.

Anyone with children born after 2005 would have likely already seen the movie series Despicable Me. While these films did feature different main characters, they also spawned a spinoff featuring the clumsy followers called Minions. The movie proved so successful among young viewers that now, another movie is in the works, and it is going to feature Mario.

This announcement was actually made by Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima himself while speaking to investors. The project will be jointly developed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo, which Kimishima proudly touted as a way to expand the reach of Nintendo’s properties.

"As a part of our effort to expand Nintendo IP beyond video games, we look forward to bringing smiles to people around the world through this movie," the Nintendo president said.

As RollingStone notes, Nintendo did provide the rights to a movie about Mario to be created in the past, but it was an absolute disaster. At the time, the Japanese company had absolutely no roll in actually making the film. This time, they have a much bigger say in what the end result is going to be.

This project was apparently something of a dream for Kimishima, who has been thinking of bringing the iconic not-plumber to the big screen for decades. By partnering with yet another huge property in the animated movie business, Nintendo has a much bigger chance of ending up with a good product.

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