Nintendo recently announced that they are looking to use some of their IPs in movies. We thought it’d be interesting to come together and see what properties we would like to be seen made into a full-length feature.
I’m going to have to pick The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. One of the most influential games of all time, and one of the most iconic; it’s almost shocking that nothing has been made yet. Link would definitely have to speak in the film which could upset some fans. Live action would be better, with some CGI for the monsters and Navi. In my mind, it’d look something like that legendary April Fool’s joke from IGN. (Honorable Mention: The 1987 Zelda fake trailer)
My pick is Star Fox. While there are plenty of Nintendo properties that would potentially make for great movies I have to go with Star Fox. If I look at the recent anime Star Fox: The Battle Begins, I can’t help but think how incredible it could be if fleshed out into a full-length film. It would have to be animated, obviously.
You can hear most of my picks for this sort of category in mine and Spazzy_D’s discussion on Nintendo movies. I gave some examples of Nintendo IP that would certainly work on the big screen like Metroid, Xenoblade Chronicles and Splatoon. However for this pick I am going to go crazy and say Ice Climbers. After watching How to Train your Dragon the other day I began to think that DreamWorks could make a great Ice Climbers film. Two siblings venture into a cold and dangerous mountain in order to recover their villagers stolen food from a hoard of mean Condors. Throw in a village of Toppies in there and a cool-talking polar bear that likes icy-puns and you have a fun family adventure movie.
Mario, Zelda, whatever. Those are fine choices, powered by the imaginations of millions of players and with some of gaming’s most iconic elements. So I’m going to ignore them in favor of something less likely, but in no way less interesting: Kid Icarus. Uprising gave the series an unbelievable wealth of content, from a large cast of combative, eccentric gods to gorgeous and imaginative worlds. In a way, it’s a series that’d be especially suited for a narrative adaptation, where its many shifting allegiances and daring adventures could be told in a tighter way.
I think making a movie on IP’s that don’t have much in the way of their current content will give them a lot more freedom than attempting to do so with a well-established one. That said, something like a Donkey Kong movie (that may be Tarzan-esque in a way), a Metroid movie (the usual Aliens sort of thing) could work. Personally, seeing a movie version of Luigi’s Mansion may be interesting, though like I say about Zelda movie suggestions, notions of exploration and such would have to be translated into something that would keep the audience intrigued. So they can’t really follow the games too closely. For that reason, seeing an entirely new IP for a Nintendo-made movie may be something more interesting and fun to do –especially if it brings fresh characters to the ever growing Nintendo family!
This is both an exciting and scary prospect for Nintendo to go forward with, which is why I feel the best starting point would be a major Metroid motion picture. The technology is there of course to make it a full fledged animated production, but Metroid is also “real” enough in terms of character that a live action/CG affair could work well too. Metroid of course is well loved in the west as well, and Samus, even in silence, is one of Nintendo’s most complicated heroes and a strong female they could likely market easy, plus the universe is rich enough they could either do a movie adaptation of a game, or have it take place as it’s own stand alone part of the universe.
There are many staple Nintendo franchises that fans throughout the world (not to mention a fair share of Hollywood execs looking to fatten their wallets even further) are longing to see adapted into movie form, be it animated or live action. It’s undoubted that the first entry into Nintendo’s ‘cinematic universe’ will be one of the most important, with everyone turning a critical eye towards their debut picture (as much as I’m an advocate for hilariously bad films, I can’t bring myself to defend the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie, so in this case let’s just pretend it doesn’t exist) to see if they’re capable of changing the precedent on video game movies for good. So in order to make a big splash, what franchise should they go with? Well there’s only one possible answer really, and that’s Urban Champion. Forget the Urban Champion you know and mildly tolerate, and picture a gritty, violent, face-breaking journey into the dark underworld of gang warfare. It’s the moving tale of a nameless fighter who wants to leave his shady criminal past behind and live a normal life, but to escape the mob he’ll need wits, street-smarts and most importantly, his fists. Of course, it can’t be done without knocking a few helpless saps into open manholes along the way too. All Nintendo need to do now is dye Sylvester Stallone’s hair blue, and they’ve got their lead – clone him a bunch of times and you’ve got the rest of your cast! With the huge financial nest egg they’re sitting on, there’s no reason it can’t be done.
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