I talk a lot about how I enjoy watching super heroes on the big screen and small screen. Marvel and DC have done a great job lately at making the movies and shows they allow to be made, actually good. Gotham has become a huge hit for FOX, The Flash has become a breakout hit for the CW, spinning off of Arrow. Both Marvel and DC studios seem to have new movie announcements every week.
But what about video game movies? Early movies like Super Mario Bros. (1993), Street Fighter (1994), Mortal Kombat (1995) and a few awful sequels were generally looked at as flops. More recently the Lara Croft films (2001, 2003) and the Resident Evil franchise (2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2016) have been extremely successful. Other games like Double Dragon, Silent Hill and Max Payne have also had poor reviews through the years.
Two recent reports show that both Nintendo and SEGA are looking at bringing some of their most famous games to the big screen. As part of the Sony email hack, we have learned that Nintendo wants to bring their flagship characters back to the big screen, with Super Mario Brothers
the movie. Due to this being revealed via confidential emails, this is still to be determined.
SEGA on the other hand
, has announced they want to bring past video game franchises to theaters, including Crazy Taxi, Shinobi, Altered Beast and my personal favorite Streets of Rage. With the advance in special effects and story telling, I am excited to see these kinds of movies. While it does seem that there are no original ideas any more, I can't say that I mind seeing Adam, Axel and Blaze on the big screen.