• Nintendo Announces New "Mario" Animated Movie, Set for Release on April 3, 2026
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Nintendo Announces New "Mario" Animated Movie, Set for Release on April 3, 2026

Nintendo announced on the 10th that it is progressing with the production of a new animated movie based on "Super Mario" in partnership with Illumination (headquartered in Santa Monica, California, USA; CEO: Chris Meledandri).

Visual from "The Super Mario Bros. Movie"

Visual from "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" ©2023 Nintendo and Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The theatrical release date for this new "Super Mario" animated movie is scheduled for April 3, 2026, in many countries and regions including the United States. Other countries and regions are also planning for a theatrical release within April 2026.

The new "Super Mario" animated film will see Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and Nintendo Representative Director Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto co-producing, with Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic directing, and Matthew Fogel handling the screenplay. Universal Pictures and Nintendo are funding the movie's production, with Universal Pictures distributing it worldwide.

Through its continued partnership with Nintendo, Illumination aims to deliver a mix of joy and discovery unique to Nintendo to people of all ages worldwide, offering the opportunity to engage with beloved characters and stories from one of the most well-known franchises globally.

The "Super Mario" movie, released in April 2023, was a blockbuster hit, surpassing 14 billion yen in box office revenue. Based on Nintendo's game characters "Super Mario Bros.", the film is an action-comedy where Mario and Luigi, twin brothers who run a plumbing business in New York, stumble into a magical new world through a mysterious pipe and confront a world crisis with the power of their bond. The movie was co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and released worldwide by Universal Pictures.