'Super Mario' creator flirts with film, games still true love

Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:31am EDT
 
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By Chris Gallagher

TOKYO (Reuters) - "Super Mario Bros" creator Shigeru Miyamoto has produced some of the world's biggest video game hits over the past three decades, and now he has added film producer to his long list of credits.

Miyamoto unveiled his latest project, "PIKMIN Short Movies", at the Tokyo International Film Festival over the weekend - a 3D short-animation film based on Nintendo game characters of the same name.

He said he had balked for years at requests to make films with Nintendo characters but warmed to the possibilities of filmmaking given technological advances, though he has no intention to shift from games to the movie business.

"I haven't moved over. But as computer graphics have gotten better, I started to feel that it's something that I could get involved with," he told Reuters in an interview.

"Making films in the past was something that was made with a completely different skill set but now I feel that it's rather similar," said Miyamoto, a senior managing director at Nintendo.

Nintendo's "Pikmin" game series, which was launched in 2001, follows the astronaut Captain Olimar and multicoloured plant-like Pikmin creatures as they collect items while dodging obstacles and battling monsters. It is now in its third edition on the Nintendo Wii U gaming console.

"PIKMIN Short Movies" is a 23-minute omnibus comprising the stories "The Night Juicer", "Treasures in a Bottle", and "Occupational Hazards".

Miyamoto described the film as a project aimed at expanding the world of video games and giving more life to the Pikmin characters. Theatrical distribution plans remain undecided.   Continued...

 
"Super Mario Bros" creator Shigeru Miyamoto together with Nintendo character Mario (L) seen during a news conference at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California June 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/Files