Nintendo’s upcoming Super Mario movie will be delayed until Spring 2023. The decision came after Nintendo discussed plans with the movie’s animation studio, Illumination Entertainment. The Super Mario movie’s new release date in North America is. April 7, 2023. It will appear on April 28, 2023 in Japan.
Nintendo representative director and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto took to Twitter to announce the movie’s delay. Nintendo originally planned to release the movie during the 2022 holiday season. According to Miyamoto, the decision to delay the movie came after he consulted with Illumination Entertainment founder Christopher Meledandri. Furthermore, Miyamoto apologized to fans for the delay but added that it would be “well worth the wait.”
This is Miyamoto. After consulting with Chris-san, my partner at Illumination on the Super Mario Bros. film, we decided to move the global release to Spring 2023–April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. My deepest apologies but I promise it will be well worth the wait.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 26, 2022
The reason behind the delayed Super Mario movie is unclear. Back in November 2021, Meledandri addressed concerns folks had about actor Chris Pratt’s Mario voice. Meledandri stated that Pratt’s take on the iconic character was “phenomenal.” People also raised concerns over the actor’s ties to the Hillsong Church, a religious organization accused of anti-LGBTQ practices.
The untitled Super Mario movie will feature a cast of prominent actors. Among them will be Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, and Jack Black as Bowser. Animating the movie is Illumination Entertainment, best known for creating the Minions films.
The new Super Mario movie release date in North America is April 7, 2023. It will appear in Japan on April 28, 2023.