Nintendo has published its Corporate Management Policy Briefing for this fiscal year. Aside from plans for future hardware, much of the document goes into exploring how the company is expanding its intellectual property to reach a wider audience.
Most interestingly, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa notes that several visual content enhancement projects are already in the works – presumably related to film and / or television projects – in addition to the Super Mario movie currently at Illumination, the company behind it, that is produced Minions Movies.
The Mario animated movie is slated to be released in 2022 and there’s no word yet on what exactly these other productions are or when they̵
The briefing also states that “future visual enhancement initiatives may not be limited to movies,” suggesting a wide range of projects for both large and small screens. Check out the full listing below:
We have also started several other projects to expand visual content and are pursuing other possibilities. As mentioned earlier, the Super Mario movie is funded by both Nintendo and Universal Pictures, and we are actively involved in the planning, development and production. In the future, initiatives to enhance visual content may not be limited to movies. The size of our investments depends on the type of project. However, we will continue to invest in these entertainment expansion initiatives to increase the number of people who have access to our intellectual property.
With the success of the animated Castlevania One could imagine that Nintendo has had this particular ball in its eye for quite some time. Of course, ‘visual content’ is intentionally vague and can mean many things: web series, animated short films, live action shows, or something entirely different.
Sounds tempting, no? We are definitely excited to see what Nintendo has in store in the coming years.
What do you want to see? Maybe a Metroid movie? Let us know below which Nintendo IPs to expand in the form of “visual content”.