Nintendo acquires animation studio to become ‘Nintendo Pictures’

Nintendo has acquired CG production company Dynamo Pictures and will rename it to “Nintendo Pictures,” the company has announced. The new subsidiary will “focus on the development of visual content using Nintendo IP” and the “planning and production of visual content, including CG animation”. The company’s IMDB page lists credits for dozens of titles, including motion capture work on Death Stranding and Persona 5and post-production work on Metroid: Other M.

The acquisition comes as Nintendo gears up for its biggest theatrical release in years; an animated film based on the Super Mario Bros. franchise starring Chris Pratt. The film is currently slated for release next spring, nearly thirty years after its last major cinematic adaptation: the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. A live action adaptation of Detective Pikachu based on the Pokémon franchise was released in 2019.

The acquisition comes amid a flurry of interest in turning video games into movies and TV shows. A second animated film based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was released earlier this year, and a TV show based on Naughty Dog’s The last of us is currently in production for HBOSony, which also recently released a movie based on its Uncharted games, indicated on a recent investor day that it wants to continue expanding its PlayStation IP beyond video games.

Nintendo’s shareholder notice says it will acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Dynamo Pictures, which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the video game company. It expects the acquisition to close on October 3, 2022.