Last year at Nintendo's summer shareholders' meeting, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima mentioned he would like to expand Nintendo properties into other mediums, including anime. True to tradition, Shigeru Miyamoto has further elaborated on the idea a year later by revealing Nintendo's interest in making anime for Star Fox, Pikmin, and Yoshi, and more.
In response to questions about Nintendo's presence in animation, Miyamoto stated that Nintendo wants to make anime for the three listed franchises above. He also mentioned he would like to see the finished animated products distributed freely in some way or integrated into upcoming games.
Considering that all three of the named properties have already received the animated treatment (albeit in small doses) in the recent past with Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins, the Yoshi stop-motion shorts in Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World, and the Pikmin shorts on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, it certainly seems possible that Nintendo could follow through on bigger animated productions for these properties. Also, they could align with future game releases to promote these less popular Nintendo games or, as Miyamoto suggested, be incorporated into new games themselves.
Before you let excitement overwhelm you, however, let's calm down for a second and remind ourselves of a few things. The word "anime" is used in Japan as a general term for any sort of animation, not necessarily the TV shows that we Westerners most often reserve the term for. As well, this is not an official translation issued by Nintendo, but rather tweeted out by an attendee of the investor's meeting; it is possible that Miyamoto's words were muddled in the translation. We will be keeping our eyes out for Nintendo's official English version of this Q&A session to see how it compares.
With all that said, what do you think Nintendo might do with these possible anime, and where and when do you expect to watch them if they do get produced? Let us know in the comments below, and tell us what animation studios you think would be good fits for Star Fox, Yoshi, Pikmin, and other Nintendo franchises!
Source: Alex Aniel