For years, Nintendo jealously hoarded their properties, not allowing any outside companies access to them. An understandable position considering loaning out their characters resulted in the legendarily awful live-action Super Mario Bros. movie. That said, Nintendo has begun to soften in recent years – they're collaborating with Universal Them Parks on Super Nintendo World, there's rumors a CGI Super Mario movie may be in the works, and Shigeru Miyamoto just let slip they may be working on some new anime series.
Nintendo held their annual shareholder Q&A this past Thursday, and one of the questions touched on the Kirby anime Nintendo produced in the mid-2000s. According to Miyamoto, Nintendo has further plans for the Kirby series, and hopes to produce anime starring other characters, as well (thanks to Alex Aniel for translating/transcribing the answer) …
A7: Miyamoto: We hold the Kirby IP and it’s growing in Europe. It’s selling in Spain; watched in places w/out game hardware. https://t.co/6QmqWdFlwA— Alex Aniel (@cvxfreak) June 29, 2017
A7: Miyamoto: We want to make anime for Pikmin, Star Fox, Yoshi, etc. and distribute it freely, or integrate into games. https://t.co/yM8GRH3ftm— Alex Aniel (@cvxfreak) June 29, 2017
Miyamoto's original ambition before falling into game design was to become a manga or anime artist, and you can tell he still has a lot of affection for the medium. Nintendo recently teamed up with Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass) for a Star Fox Zero short – the game may have got mixed reviews, but the anime was pretty damn impressive. Personally, I'd love to see more Nintendo anime with that level of polish. I mean, come on, who doesn't want a Production I.G. animated Metroid short? Or a Super Smash Bros. series?
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