Nintendo seems more willing to take risks with animation projects, so here are a few franchises that are ripe for movie or TV adaptations.
Nintendo is currently in partnership with Illumination Entertainment (de Despicable Me fame) to develop an animated film based on their most famous property: Super Mario Bros. This will be the first time the Mario Bros. have appeared in theaters since the disastrous 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie. Nintendo became obsessively protective of their intellectual properties after this event, but the success of films such as Sonic the hedgehog may have convinced them to soften their position.
With that in mind, Nintendo has plenty of exclusive franchises that are arguably even more appropriate for a movie adaptation than something as simple as Super Mario Bros. Of THE Legend of Zelda at Metroid, here are the five Nintendo franchises that could shine on the big screen.
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Kid Icarus is one of Nintendo’s oldest action series and was dormant for decades. However, the inclusion of the series’ protagonist, Pit, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl led to the long-awaited renaissance of the franchise on the Nintendo 3DS, Kid Icarus: Uprising.
While its frenetic pace and challenging fights were both praised, the game was best known for its extremely witty dialogue and fun cast of characters who bicker and bounce back with amazing chemistry and hilarity. Nintendo Video animated shorts and the animated part of Super Smash Bros. UltimateThe trailer shows that a Kid Icarus film would easily combine jaw-dropping action with its trademark comedy.
Metroid is the darkest and most intense Nintendo franchise and the opposite of its sister franchise, Kid Icarus. Metroid is already a massive tribute to Extraterrestrial, one of the most beloved series in science fiction. With a thick atmosphere, big bad guys and one of the most badass heroines in video games, Metroid would make an excellent sci-fi horror-action movie akin to Aliens.
The main obstacle would be to market a more adult Nintendo movie and to choose a good actress to play Samus Aran, largely silent and introspective. But, drawing inspiration from the isolation of films like Gravity and Castaway can lead to a very unique sci-fi action experience.
Star Fox Already has the fun Disney premise of anthropomorphic cartoon animals fighting the forces Star wars– style space battles. In addition, the Arwings are among the most iconic spaceships in video games. The colorful characters all have their own charismatic stories and personalities, and their jokes during chaotic fights are full of memorable quotes. Star Fox has already proven himself capable of carrying his own anime series with the Star Fox Zero animated short films. A full animated film starring the characters fighting the forces of Andross would only benefit the series after several attempts to revive its glory days on Nintendo 64.
the Fire emblem the series was not popular with western audiences until the inclusion of Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros. melee led the series to be shown worldwide. Since then, it has experienced a rebirth following the release of Fire emblem: awakening in 2012, and reached new heights with 2019 Three houses.
This anime-inspired strategy-RPG series already focuses on massive character castings and epic war stories that often lead to tragedy. A series that tailors a particular game or follows an original narrative using the core elements of the franchise could be akin to an anime. Game of thrones due to the number of fantastic medieval battles and high stakes dramas present in each Fire emblem Thu.
THE Legend of Zelda
THE Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s most popular and influential series. It has a beautiful and expansive world begging to be adapted to the big screen, as well as extensive knowledge and a wide variety of characters. Additionally, the land of Hyrule is diverse and versatile enough that several types of fantastic stories can be told at the same time. An animated Zelda the film would probably be the riskiest endeavor, but also one of the most rewarding.
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