Nintendo and Universal’s Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. franchise has been delayed until next spring.
The film will not be released on December 21 this year, but will be released in North America on April 7, and a few weeks later in Japan on April 28. The news comes from a rather odd tweet from Nintendo of America that seems to indicate that the news came directly from the account of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto himself.
“This is Miyamoto. After consulting with Chrissan [Chirs Meledandri, CEO of Illumination], my partner on the Super Mario Bros. movie Illumination, we’ve decided to push back our global release to Spring 2023 – April 28th in Japan and April 7th in North America. I apologize, but I promise the wait was worth it. ”
This is Miyamoto. In consultation with Chris-san, my partner on the Super Mario Bros. movie Illumination, we have decided to push the global release to Spring 2023 – April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. I apologize, but I promise the wait was worth it.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 26, 2022
this Lighting Twitter Account It was posted at the same time last night with a similar message.
“Mr. Miyamoto and I have been collaborating on all aspects of the Super Mario Bros. film, and together with our partners at Universal have decided to push back the global release to Spring 2023 – April 7 in North America and Japan April 28. We are excited to share this incredible film with you.”
As you can see, neither company listed a clear reason for the delay, but it looks like the movie just needs a little more time in the oven. Considering this is Nintendo’s first major foray into an animated screen feature, and the size of the Mario brand, it makes sense to take the time to make the movie the best it can be.
Reports from last November suggested that Nintendo was happy with the film so far. According to reports, Shigeru Miyamoto even hinted that more movies based on Nintendo assets may be on the way. While you’re waiting to see if that’s true, check out the full cast of this Super Mario Bros. movie.
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