Nintendo is planning to release movies but don't worry, they won't be live action

With Angry Birds, Warcraft (opens in new tab) and Assassin's Creed (opens in new tab) all hitting the silver screen this year, it looks like Nintendo wants some of the video game movie pie. In an interview with Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, (opens in new tab)Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has revealed that the company is currently planning movies based on its beloved IP. 

There's no clue as to which characters will be first - Kimishima has confirmed that they will be "popular" - but the feature films won't be live action (praise the gods of fake moustaches) and he wants them to be released globally. Kimishima has said that talks are already underway and it'll all happen within the next five years. 

Given that Nintendo has announced its plans with Universal Studios for a Mario focussed theme park (opens in new tab) which will open in 2020 in Japan, it makes sense to follow suit with movies around the same time.  It also means the company is looking past the release of the NX next year and focussing across all media, not just games. It's also continuing its foray into the mobile market with Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games later this year (opens in new tab)

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Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.