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Wii movie: Nintendo plans to get into the film business

The fabled gaming company could look to moviemaking in the next few years.


Beau Bridges, Luke Edwards, Fred Savage and Christian Slater in feature-length Nintendo ad "The Wizard".

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Nintendo could be about to insert coins and push start on movies.

According to the Japanese publication Asahi, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said the company could begin producing films some time in the next five years. AP then reported that the company is in talks with film producers, and could be looking to opt for a theatrical release or straight-to-video-style production.

Nintendo will reportedly look to finance its filmmaking with the cash it earns from selling its stake in US baseball team the Seattle Mariners. The company's next big release will be the NX console in 2017.

Nintendo characters have leapt from the console into movies and TV shows based on Pokemon and Super Mario Bros, with iconic game characters also appearing in "Pixels" and "Wreck-it Ralph". The Nintendo Power Glove was also heavily featured in 1989 movie "The Wizard" starring Fred Savage. It could be worth Nintendo's while making the jump from game to screen: "The Angry Birds Movie" flew to a $43 million opening weekend.

Nintendo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.