During a Nintendo Direct event last fall, the company revealed a release date for the animated Super Mario Bros. movie. that she does with Minions Illumination animation studio. Now, the company has revealed that the film won’t hit theaters on December 21 as planned and will instead be released in the spring of 2023.
A Tweeter credited to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto says that after consulting with co-producer Chris Meledandri, the new release dates for the Super Mario Bros. are April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. The tweet didn’t explain how Chris Pratt will portray Mario, a title, or answer any of the other questions we’ve had since announcing this project in 2018.
It’s Miyamoto. After consulting with Chris-san, my partner at Illumination on the Super Mario Bros. movie, we have decided to move the worldwide release to Spring 2023, April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. My sincere apologies, but I promise you it will be worth it.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 26, 2022
Other cast members who have been confirmed for the film include Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, Keegan- Michael Key as Toad and Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong. Longtime Mario actor Chris Martinet will also be in the film, though it’s unclear exactly how.
Miyamoto promised the movie was “well worth the wait,” and we just have to watch the success of the first one sonic the hedgehog movie to see just how true this can be. The first film needed a three-month lead time for the animators to fix Sonic after viewers cringed at the first trailer, and when it was released, the film was a hit. There’s no indication of similar issues with the Mario movie, while we still don’t know much about it, Deadline reports that the delay is for “optimizing family audience” with an Easter weekend release next year. That it could potentially sync with the opening of America’s first Super Nintendo World theme park and Nintendo’s sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is just a bonus.