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Mario And Pac-Man: America's Most Wanted Video Game Movies

After the planned 2019 release got delayed due to the internet basically bullying the studio to “fix” their design for the live-action “Sonic the Hedgehog,” the titular movie of the world’s fastest blue hedgehog has finally been released. And considering the previous performances of movies based on video game franchises (clue: all were bad), the movie was actually successful.

Naturally, fans now want more, with one being about “Pac-Man,” and the other about Sonic’s default video game rival: “Super Mario” himself.

From Video Game To The Big Screen

Movies based on video game franchises aren’t new since there have already been previous attempts made, such as “Assassin’s Creed” or the more popular “Resident Evil” series. None, however, were particularly successful, which is why when Sonic managed to rake up $200 million at the box office, a new poll that asks fans what they want next was immediately released. And according to the poll, the answers were mostly unanimous: Americans want “Pac-Man” and “Super Mario” on the big screen.

This spike-up in movie adaptations of video game franchises has seen a resurgence in the last couple years or so, driven by a movie like “Detective Pikachu” and the Netflix show “The Witcher.” And Hollywood is quick to catch up as well, planning to release “Uncharted” and “Monster Hunter” this year, both of which are based on popular video game franchises.

But what exactly will a “Pac-Man” and “Super Mario” film be about? It’s hard to tell. After all, “Super Mario” is a rather simplistic tale of two Italian plumbers trying to save a princess, while “Pac-Man” is literally just a blob that eats pellets while being chased by ghosts. Still, the poll, made by Hollywood Reporter, shows strong demand for these games, given since they’re two of the most famous video games ever.

“There’s a strong consumer appetite for film adaptations from video games, which spells good news for studios looking to tap into the billion-dollar gaming industry,” said Tyler Sinclair, vice president of Morning Consult, a market research company. 

So while there are still no upcoming plans, it seems inevitable to see Mario and Pac-Man on the big screen in the future.

Super Mario 3D World Video games may help enhance memory. Farley Santos CC BY-SA 2.0

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