In an article with Fortune, Nintendo creative guru Shigeru Miyamoto revealed a return to film development may be part of the company's plans to extend their intellectual property beyond video games. "As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo's role as an entertainment company, we're starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that—and we'll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future," he said.
Some suspect Nintendo's years a console maker may be ending — indeed, the 100+ year old company began making playing cards and is no stranger to shifting focus — and moving their notable characters beyond the confines of the WiiU and 3DS handhelds would be a natural evolution.
I'd just like to see a good Metroid movie, but who would ever allow a movie to be made with essentially no dialogue? It'll probably be something like "Metroid Begins," explaining the origin of Samus Aran's Varia Suit.
According to the article, Miyamoto and the company's Software Planning & Development Division will spearhead the foray into new platforms and Hollywood studios will have to impress him with their plans for properties like The Legend of Zelda, Mario and others. "People's natural expectation is we want to take our games and turn them into movies," Miyamoto explained. "I've always felt video games, being an interactive medium, and movies, being a passive medium, mean the two are quite different." With that understanding in mind, development of these properties will have to be something special and not the mix of ideas that led to that Super Mario Bros. film.