Super Mario Movie Release Date Announced by Shigeru Miyamoto
There were many exciting announcements at the Nintendo Direct virtual event on September 23, including information about long-awaited projects like Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 3 and many others. One announcement caught some people off guard: the news about the upcoming Super Mario Bros. film. Shigeru Miyamoto (the creator of the beloved plumber character), appeared livestreamed to give an update on the film.
This film will be the second Hollywood feature that stars Mario and Luigi, the plumber brothers from the Mushroom Kingdom. In 1993, Super Mario Bros. was released. It was the first English-language live action film based on a videogame. Although the film received mixed reviews, it has become a cult favorite, especially among Super Mario Bros. fans. The animated film will, unlike the 1993 version, be animated. It will also be inspired more closely by the game series’ plots.
Shigeru Miyamoto was a surprise guest at the Nintendo Direct on September 23rd to announce that the Super Mario Bros. film would be premiered in North America on December 21, 2022. Japanese, European and other international release dates will be announced later. This release date was confirmed by Nintendo of America in a follow-up tweet.
Miyamoto also revealed a few cast members who would be lending their voices iconic characters from the franchise. These cast members included Chris Pratt (as Mario), Anya Taylor-Joy (as Princess Peach), Charlie Day (as Luigi), Keegan-Michael Key (as Toad), and Jack Black, as King Bowser Koopa. Jack Black is Mario’s longtime enemy, and rival for Peach’s affections. Seth Rogen will play Donkey Kong, which was not previously known.
Additional cast members were announced at the Nintendo Direct by Fred Armisen, Donkey Kong’s relative Cranky, Kevin Michael Richardson, as Bowser, and Sebastian Maniscalco, as Wrecking crew’s Foreman Spike. Charles Martinet, the voice actor for Mario in numerous games, will appear in the film as a cameo.
In 2017, the development of the animated Super Mario Bros. movie was announced. Miyamoto’s announcement is the first major update in several years regarding the film. It will be co-produced jointly by Nintendo and Illumination Studios. However, Illumination Studios CEO Chris Meledrandri was already announced in 2021 to have joined Nintendo’s board as a result the film collaboration.
The Nintendo Direct also featured updates to Mario Golf Super Rush and information about Mario Party Superstars. These will be available for Nintendo Switch users on October 29th 2021. A new expansion pack will add Super Mario 64 to Nintendo Switch Online. These titles should be able to keep Super Mario Bros. fans entertained until the movie is released.