Back in 2007, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto talked about his regrets over the ill-fated Super Mario Bros. movie. According to Miyamoto: "The one thing that I still have some regrets about is that the movie may have tried to get a little too close to what the Mario Bros. video games were. And in that sense, it became a movie that was about a video game, rather than being an entertaining movie in and of itself."
Miyamoto hasn't stopped thinking about movies. At a recent Nintendo meeting, he talked about Nintendo's plans outside of the game industry:
I often think of other things, such as what the future of the Japanese movie industry will be like. I do not have any concrete visions yet, but I am trying to keep my eyes on a variety of fields and to find any small possibilities for Nintendo to be involved in one way or the other. I should be careful about telling you about these things and I would like to add that we are not announcing any concrete business plans here.
This sounds more like oh-I'm-just-tossing-this-out-there instead of a we're-making-more-movies! Fair enough.
Past cartoon forays aside, Nintendo has made steps towards animation in the past few years, such as the Animal Crossing anime. It goes without saying that the Pokeémon cartoons are now a long-standing cultural mainstay.
Well, let me toss this out there: instead of live-action films like the Super Mario Bros. flick, cartoons seem like they'd be a much better fit with Nintendo — and Miyamoto. Anime just makes sense. A Nintendo animation studio makes sense. Do it, Nintendo, dooooooooo it.