Let’s a go! In 2022, the Super Mario Brothers hit the big screen (assuming we’ll actually be inside theaters by then) for a new full-length CGI film. Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination and producer of the “Despicable Me” franchise, joined forces with the creator of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto. Very little information is available at this point, but what can be virtually guaranteed is that this film will in no way resemble the cursed “Super Mario Bros.” of 1993. In an interview with Variety in 2018, Meledandri said “I like that this was not done well the first time. I think that’s more exciting, or more worthy than just making another version of a film that was done incredibly well to begin with.”
This information should come to a relief to fans of the franchise who were no doubt rattled by memes circulating on social media regarding the death of Mario. But the plumber, having exploited the hell out of that turtle shell at the end of stage 3-1, still has 98 lives remaining. This meme stems from an announcement from Nintendo that does not signal the death of the star of the series, just the removal of timed-released content. In celebration of Mario’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo released Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. 35, but each were only intended to be available until March 31, to be removed at midnight. This also meant that Mario’s supposed death would technically happen on the morning of April 1, leading most fans to dismiss the meme as a prank to begin with.