The Super Mario Bros. Movie by Nintendo and Illumination has recently been confirmed to have surpassed over one billion dollars globally. Considering the scale of this project and those involved, as well as the film’s success over the past month, this metric isn’t terribly surprising, but it is still significant.
In particular, $490 million has been achieved in North America, and $532 million was recorded at the international box office. The latter number was likely significantly bolstered by the film launching in Japan late last week. Further, the Super Mario Bros. Movie is currently the highest-grossing movie of 2023 and, to no one’s shock, the best-performing video game adaptation movie.
Regardless of the divisive opinions on the movie, like the low critic score contrasting with the high audience score and the latter also having its fair share of division, this is a pretty big win. The curse of video game adaptations has been almost non-existent in recent years, and this movie’s box office success has reinforced that reality.
In the realm of Mario games, fans have been getting a little antsy. Hopefully, another large-scale Switch release will be announced soon. Miyamoto has been vague on information but has told fans to await future Nintendo Directs.
The latest Mario video game release is Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope for Nintendo Switch.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is the sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, but it can be enjoyed entirely standalone since their narratives are not all that prominent.
Combat has received a significant shakeup, abolishing the tile-based system of the debut entry and instead allowing for free movement within a limited range. Further, there is far more customization, and world map exploration has received a drastic overhaul, truly making for a stellar sequel.
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