Leak: Super Smash Bros movie pitched to Nintendo, will it happen?

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Nintendo’s film industry ambitions are growing quickly, and that might result in the creation of a Super Smash Bros movie.

Super Smash Bros is a beloved franchise, even if Nintendo paradoxically hates people playing it. The fighting game brings together many of the best characters in gaming history and sees them duke it out in fast-paced fights. Though it was initially limited to Nintendo’s iconic cast of characters, it has since grown to include the likes of Kazuya Mishima from Tekken, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7, and Sora from Kingdom Hearts.

With the Super Mario Bros Movie making over $1 billion at the box office, it’s easy to see why Mario Movie production company Illumination and Nintendo are excited to create more movies based on Nintendo IPs. The ultimate culmination of this would be the Super Smash Bros. movie, and it appears that might be coming sooner than fans expect.

Will there be a Super Smash Bros movie?

A Super Smash Bros movie was reportedly pitched by Illumination to Nintendo.  

This comes via a report from DanielRPK, a notable leaker known for breaking the story on Marvel Cinematic Universe trailers and scripts. He has also discussed video games, including release date estimates for Insomniac’s Wolverine video game that were corroborated by leaked internal documents. According to his report, the idea is for multiple films based on various Nintendo properties that culminate in an Avengers-style team-up with a Super Smash Bros movie.

Although movies such as Ready Player One and Wreck-It Ralph already beat Nintendo to the punch as far as video game collabs, the Super Smash Bros movie would be entirely different. Instead of just being a meta-commentary on the characters like in the two previous films, they would be part of a grander shared universe a prospect that’s sure to excite Nintendo fans.

While a Super Smash Bros movie makes sense, the report states that Illumination pitched Nintendo on the idea. This does not mean Nintendo has approved of it.

The Legend of Zelda movie could set the stage for a Super Smash Bros movie, but will it?

Nintendo has confirmed only one upcoming movie; The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda is set to receive a live-action adaptation produced in partnership with Sony Pictures. Nintendo will be co-financing the film, shouldering half of the production costs. The Legend of Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto and longtime Spider-Man film producer Avi Arad are both attached to the film as producers. The Maze Runner’s Wes Ball is set to direct.

The Super Mario Bros 2 Movie has not been officially confirmed and it’s unclear if one will come out. The financial success of the first film and enthusiasm for a sequel from its cast bodes well for its future, though.

Chris Pratt and Jack Black have both expressed interest in returning to voice Mario and Bowser, so the main stars won’t be absent either. Other stars such as Anya Taylor Joy, Seth Rogen, and Charlie Day have also discussed reprising their roles.

The big sticking point is that Illumination is part of NBCUniversal, while the Zelda movie is being created by Sony Pictures. Nintendo isn’t putting all its eggs into one movie studio basket, which makes it unclear whether a Super Smash Bros crossover could happen even if the goal is to create a number of film franchises.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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