Nintendo Direct highlights: N64 Online in October, Super Mario 2022 film cast

Nintendo’s “winter 2021” Direct video presentation exploded on Thursday with reveals of serious fan service coming to not only Switch consoles, but also movie theaters, by the end of next year.

Arguably the event’s biggest announcement on a pop culture level was about the upcoming Super Mario CGI animation movie, now confirmed to launch in the United States on December 21, 2022. This film, helmed by CG animation house Illumination (Despicable Me), still doesn’t have a title or any preview footage, but it does have an English-language cast:

  • Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mario
  • Anna Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) as Peach
  • Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Luigi
  • Jack Black (Jumanji) as Bowser
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) as Toad
  • Kevin-Michael Richardson (Teen Titans) as Kamek
  • Fred Armisen (SNL) as Cranky Kong
  • Sebastian Maniscalco (The Irishman) as Foreman Spike (from the Wrecking Crew series)

None of Nintendo’s other YouTube channels, particularly the Japanese feed, included any confirmation of voice cast members for the film’s likely additional languages. Nintendo did confirm that Charles Martinet, who has voiced Super Mario in games since 1996, will participate in the film, though in exactly what capacity remains to be seen (er, heard). My money’s on Waluigi.

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