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Will this guy appear in cinemas again? Nintendo is certainly working on it

Nintendo is looking at making its own films, and will likely focus on animation instead of live-action.

Let's hope his next appearance in the world of film will be better this time around.
Let's hope his next appearance in the world of film will be better this time around.
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NINTENDO’S MAIN FOCUS may be games but the company is now looking at moving into the movie industry.

The company has already licensed its characters in previous years, like the Pokémon movies, but is considering making its own films.

Company spokesperson Makoto Wakae said no specific details have been decided yet but the work could be released in cinemas or on DVD.

This was backed up by the Japanese newspaper Asahi which said Nintendo’s work could be 3D animation and that it’s in talks with various film companies on potential partnerships.

Last year, it was rumoured that Netflix was working a live-action adaption of The Legend of Zelda but Nintendo denied the rumour, saying it was “not based on correct information”.

Nintendo has been looking at ways to help correct its growth as it has slowed in recent years. Despite the success of the Wii, its followup console, the Wii U, has failed to match Sony’s Playstation 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox One despite having a headstart.

It’s currently working on a new games console codenamed NX which is expected to launch in March next year.

Before then, it’s exploring other ways to help improve its fortunes. Despite ruling itself out of making smartphone games, the last few months has seen it announce and release mobile games like Miitomo, a cross between a social network and tamagotchi.

Two more games based on Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will also be released as free-to-play games.

(Additional reporting from Quinton O’Reilly)

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