• "Nintendo Pictures" established to make Nintendo animations

    From Your Name@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jul 17 10:05:54 2022
    At the moment it's not clear if this will be just animation shorts on
    consoles, or whether it will include moving into TV shows and movies as

    Nintendo Purchases Animation Studio Behind Pikmin Shorts,
    Establishes Nintendo Pictures
    Nintendo has announced the acquisition of Dynamo Pictures,
    an animation studio in Tokyo that collaborated on several
    animated Pikmin shorts that premiered on the Nintendo 3DS.
    Renamed Nintendo Pictures, the studio will continue to
    work on the "development of visual content utilizing
    Nintendo IP," according to the company's press release.

    "Nintendo has decided to acquire 100 percent of the
    outstanding shares (excluding treasury shares) of Dynamo
    Pictures and make it a wholly owned subsidiary to
    strengthen the planning and production structure of visual
    content in the Nintendo group."

    Besides Pikmin, Dynamo Studios has worked on motion
    capture and animation work for games and anime. This
    includes contributions to Yuri On Ice, Persona 5, and
    Nintendo's Metroid: Other M. The acquisition is set to
    finalize on October 3 following "pending satisfaction of
    all relevant terms and customary closing conditions."

    It will be interesting to see what comes from Nintendo
    Pictures, mainly because there isn't a lot of precedent
    for Nintendo acquiring companies. Unlike Sony and
    Microsoft, Nintendo has traditionally worked closely with
    independent companies without bringing them under the
    umbrella. In one case, a close Nintendo partner declared
    bankruptcy out of the blue, which might explain why the
    Big N has started to rethink its strategy and acquire
    several developers in the past year and change.

    Nintendo's animation aspirations don't stop with their
    new subsidiary. They have a working relationship with
    Illumination, the studio behind the popular Minions 
    franchise. The animated Chris Pratt-led Super Mario Bros. 
    movie spawned from that partnership will release in 2023,
    barring any future delays.


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