The Next Super Mario Bros. Movie: What to Expect

Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Movie was a massive success, grossing over $1 billion at the box office. With such a successful first film, it was only natural for Nintendo to greenlight a sequel. In a recent video, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination Entertainment’s Chris Meledandri announced that the next installment in the franchise is currently in development. The release date for the new movie is set for April 3rd, 2026.

Illumination Studios Paris, the same team that worked on the first Super Mario Bros. Movie, is currently storyboarding the sequel. The film will once again be directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, with animation set to begin shortly. Meledandri mentioned that the movie will see a global release on April 3rd, followed by staggered releases in select territories throughout the month.

Miyamoto shared that the upcoming movie will feature a “bright and fun story” that builds upon the world established in the first film. Fans can anticipate a continuation of the beloved characters and dynamic storytelling that made the original movie such a hit. The emphasis will be on expanding the Super Mario universe and exploring new adventures with familiar faces.

In addition to the Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel, Nintendo has also confirmed a live-action Legend of Zelda film in development. Director Wes Ball, known for the Maze Runner trilogy and Planet of the Apes reboot, will be at the helm of the project. The company is keeping details about the Zelda movie under wraps for now, adding to the anticipation surrounding their upcoming cinematic ventures.

As for gaming news, Nintendo has announced exciting releases for the Switch console. Fans can look forward to the remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door on May 23rd and Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, a remastered version of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, on June 27th. Additionally, the Nintendo Switch Online Game Boy collection will be expanded to include Dr. Mario on March 12th, offering players even more classic games to enjoy on the platform.

The upcoming Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel promises to deliver a fresh and entertaining experience for fans of the iconic franchise. With a talented team behind the project and a focus on expanding the beloved characters and world of Super Mario, the movie is sure to be a hit with audiences worldwide. Stay tuned for more updates and sneak peeks as the release date approaches.

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