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RUMOR - More evidence pointing to Nintendo/Disney teaming up for movie projects

For the last few hours, I've been pouring over some information that happened to come our way. I went through a number of steps to verify the source of the info. I'd say that I'm satisfied enough with the info to share it with you, but I'll still keep it marked rumor. It's not something Nintendo/Disney will comment on, so we'd rather be safe than sorry. That said, please believe that I did put in work to verify these claims.

Last year, we heard a rumor about Nintendo and Disney teaming up on multiple projects, including the potential for movies. That rumor came and went, and there really hasn't been much talk of it since. That all changed a few hours ago when I received a Powerpoint presentation. It's this presentation that seems to indicate that the Nintendo/Disney deal for movies is indeed legitimate.

The Powerpoint presentation in question was created by Cisco in order to analyze Hasbro and see what their competitors were up to. This presentation looks at all areas of operation for Hasbro in order to try and help them put their best foot forward. There's talk of Mattel, Disney, Nintendo, Activision and others. Most of the talk is related to the toys-to-life category, as amiibo and Skylanders are mentioned. It's another part of the presentation that is a bit more interesting.

In a 'competitor update' slide, there's mention of some projects that Mattel and Disney is taking on. Mattel had some shifting of executives, which is mentioned in small detail. A few points about Disney are mentioned, but the one in particular we're interested in states that 'Nintendo and Disney are coming together to create movies'. There are no other details provided, but I think that one mention is certainly interesting enough.

This is just one page of a 26-page report that looks at all sorts of industry trends and plans for Hasbro. It's worth pointing out that this presentation seems to have been created sometime in early 2015. That said, what we've seen of it does seem to look legitimate.

We've seen Nintendo working with Disney in some interesting ways last year, including a rebroadcast of the Nintendo World Championships and even a Mario Kart 8 special tournament. It's clear that Disney and Nintendo are buddying up in some small ways, but this presentation sure makes it seem like those special events were just the start of something much bigger. Thanks to our inside source for the heads up.

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One look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe will show that Disney knows what they're doing. This is a rumor that I hope is very, very true.

My ninja sense is tingling.

If anyone teamed up to help Nintendo make movies I'd want it to be Disney. I won't get my hopes up though.

It would be a good way for Disney to further diversify their portfolio. That's why they bought Marvel and Star Wars. To have more things to sell to boys. Nintendo has a lot of characters that appeal to wide demographics. If they took the time to work with them properly they could really help each other out.

This is a rumor I would definitely take to the bank. RMC doesn't make up bunk. This is an awesome thing if true. Hopefully Nintendo and or Disney confirm something soon. I believe something was said about end of March.

Thank you for the vote of confidence, sir. I honestly did look into it a lot to see what's up. Let's see if it pans out!

Is this an exclusive? If so, Congrats! Hope it turns out to be true as I would love to see Disney handle the Nintendo IP after their work with Star Wars, MCU, Pixar and Disney Studios movies.

As far as I know, yes! Haven't seen anyone else report on it and the information was sent directly to us. I looked into it before I shared just to make sure someone else hadn't reported on the same info.

Disney turning Nintendo IPs into movies... this could be a very amazing thing.

The scary thing is, if this happened, then it could mean Nintendo characters in Disney Infinity... I mean, if they were cool with DK and Bowser in Skylanders, what's stopping them from putting them or others in Infinity? Especially if Nintendo is that much closer to Disney than they are to Activision.

If Nintendo is gonna partner up may as well work with the dog on top

Fri Feb 26 16 11:33pm
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I get the feeling this is just wishful thinking from a company hoping Nintendo will finally give them film rights. Which, judging by how the American film industry has been for decades now, is not going to happen.

Could just be Wreck it Ralph 2 related.

Sat Feb 27 16 12:02am
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True, but if the wording here is accurate, then the specific word they used was 'movies', plural, as in more than one... the plan is for Nintendo and Disney to partner on multiple projects, and I honestly can't imagine Disney is planning a Wreck it Ralph 3 at this moment. Plus, why mention only Nintendo specifically? If the first movie is anything to go by, the sequel will feature the characters of many game companies... Nintendo will just be one of them.

Yeah, the document specifically says 'movies'. I double checked it a few times just to make sure we were talking about multiple projects and not just a one-off cameo in Wreck-It Ralph 2.

The only thing that makes me hesitant to believe this is that Nintendo partnered with Universal for the theme parks. I would think that in this period of synergy that they seem to be trying to create, they would keep their IP with one major player in the industry. If the movies took off, I'm sure Disney would want to create attractions based on them ASAP.

That said, I'd much rather have Disney work on a Nintendo movie than Universal or any other company.

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