Quite some time ago the late President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, announced that the company would be opening up licensing for their iconic IP to create movies again. Later, it was reiterated by the company’s current global President, Tatsumi Kimishima. Since these announcements, the speculation and wish-listing has grown to great heights.
Recently however, Kimishima-san gave an interview to a Japanese publication, and this subject was broached again. During the interview Kimishima-san addressed a few key things that are truly worth noting.
Because the interview was conducted and shared in Japanese, this post is relying on the translation of Dr. Serkan Toto as shared via Twitter, and the Google translations.
So, for the last couple days, news reports have been sharing this information, almost as if it’s completely new. We have known for some time that Nintendo would be licensing their IP for use in movies again. The new information that is here, however, points to ruling out certain aspects of what those media could look like. Kimishima-san pointed to the old Super Mario movie as a reason for the company to steer away from a live-action iteration of any of the properties. It appears the work has already begun on at least one movie and/or other forms of film.
What is so interesting about a lot of the fervor generated by this news is the fact that a lot of what was shared was Kimishima-san reiterating what had already been shared. We already knew that NX was not set to be a “direct replacement” for either Wii U or 3DS. That was stated before. We knew that after Miitomo launched, the next titles were to be games, as had been shared several times. Just like we knew beforehand that Miitomo was simply a communication app, and not a “game”. It just seems strange how surprised so many people are when we “find out” things that we already knew.
Look forward to seeing the first new Nintendo IP-based movie within the next 2-3 years. I am sure we will have plenty of official news about that as time draws near. We’ll get trailers, and promos, and even more as the time comes, and for those of us who understand disciplining our disappointments, and not succumbing to hype will take each thing in stride, and hopefully immensely enjoy the finished products.
That can also be said of the coming dedicated gaming platform that we only know as the NX at the moment. As gamers, we should be much more savvy in digesting information. Be smarter about managing hype. As Nintendo fans, we have been subject to an onslaught of disparaging remarks, and negative attacks about and against us as gamers, Nintendo as a company, and just doom and gloom, in general. Now is the time to guard against the strange roller coaster of hype and disappointment that seems to befall so many these days. Hype videos, the rumor mill, and leaks seem to be the most popular videos on YouTube at the moment, and that tends to be a source of agitation for many people. They geek themselves up to an extreme level, and are somehow let down when their expectations are not met.
There is a lot of good that is packed in this information, even with the amount of repeated information. For one, it says that the company is relatively on-track toward their goals, but it also shows the company’s willingness to continue to create new avenues of sharing their IP, all for the purpose of expanding on their primary business–putting smiles on the faces of the people they come in contact with!
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!