Image Source: An old McDonald's commercial also produced by Illumination
Image Source: An old McDonald's commercial also produced by Illumination

Besides the controversial casting, not much is known about the Mario-based feature film that’s being produced by Illumination alongside Nintendo. The most recent bit of official news we got was that its release date has been pushed from December 2022 until April 2023, which raised questions about how production is going. Otherwise, we’ve been in the dark, with not even a single teaser to keep the hype going. Since the project is being kept so secretive, any piece of information is a goldmine, and now we might finally know what the actual title of the movie will be: Super Mario Bros.

Illumination Studios Paris, the subsidiary of Illumination responsible for animation, has “Super Mario Bros.” listed on the portfolio of their official website. This was first discovered yesterday by @DespicableOutof on Twitter, but it’s unknown how long the page has actually been listed for. Even more evidence to suggest that Super Mario Bros. will be the official title, is last week, a pre-order page went live on Amazon for a “Super Mario Bros. movie” themed ONO 99 game from Mattel. The listing has since been removed.

Super Mario Bros. is also the title of the live-action feature film from the 90s, and although it was a critical and commercial failure at the time of its release, it has become somewhat of a cult classic. Could Nintendo be trying to make us forget about it entirely? Who knows.

Although all evidence is pointing towards it, we still don’t know for certain if Super Mario Bros. will be the title of the movie, so we’ll have to wait for official confirmation from Nintendo and/or Illumination. Hopefully we hear something at the rumored Nintendo Direct, or perhaps at The Game Awards later this year.

Super Mario Bros. hits theaters in North America on April 7th, 2023.

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23d ago

Didn’t realise the official final title hadn’t yet been announced. Assumed this is exactly what it was always going to be called.


22d ago

Oh gosh, what a surprise!


22d ago

*insert Nicholas Cage meme here*


22d ago

It must've taken an entire office building worth of people to come up with that title.


22d ago

I say it half jokingly, but I'm somewhat surprised they didn't use the moniker "NEW" Super Mario Bros. to avoid confusion with the original live-action feature film, and such is their originality at times with naming conventions.


22d ago

So controversial, yet so brave.


21d ago

I like it. Just like Sonic, don't try to fluff up the title.


21d ago

A very fitting title indeed. But wouldn't it be nice to see a trailer soon? I am curiously skeptical to this =)


21d ago

I hope I’m wrong, but I think this movie is doomed to suck. It can’t possibly appeal to all the target demographics at once, and yet it needs to do exactly that. It needs to be timeless like Pixar movies, yet have the humor associated with Illumination movies. I’m afraid it will skew too far toward “Minions” style laughs.

Best video game movie ever is Wreck-It Ralph.

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20d ago


Best video game to movie ever is the original Super Mario Bros in my humble opinion.

To your argument I agree mostly, but one thing gives me some hope and that's that Miyamoto and co are watching closely.

Hope they release a trailer soon so we at least get an idea.