Nintendo’s working on a Super Mario movie with the team behind Minions

Nintendo has confirmed it’s working on a Super Mario movie with Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio behind Despicable Me, Minions and Hop.

The title is being co-produced by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination boss – and Minions inventor – Chris Meledandri, according to The Wall Street Journal.

There’s no word on a cast just yet, though we can’t imagine anyone other than long-time Mario voice actor Charles Martinet voicing the beloved moustache-toting character in the movie.

As for a release date… Well, that’s also unknown. But we can envisage it airing sooner rather than later, as Nintendo looks to capitalise on the recent release of Super Mario Odyssey.

Since launching for the Nintendo Switch back in October, Super Mario Odyssey has sold more than nine million copies worldwide and has stolen the heart of many a Mario fan.

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A recent deal with Universal, the firm financing Illumination Entertainment, to open a Nintendo Land in three Universal Studios theme parks should help it stay in the public eye – for now, at least.

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