There’s an abundance of Nintendo news for fans today as there are reports of the Donkey Kong franchise becoming the company’s next big push for multimedia products with a game, animation, merchandise and a theme park expansion reportedly in the works.
It’s A Donkey Kong World After All…
A historically reliable Nintendo insider Zippo, who has previously claimed that a new Donkey Kong game is in development with the Mario Odyssey team alongside publications from Nintendo Life, is now claiming that the video game is part of a larger push for the franchise.
I’ve been told by multiple people that Donkey Kong is the next franchise in line to follow Mario in Nintendo’s push for their game franchises to become multimedia juggernauts… This new game is not just a one off, DK is being taken seriously at the big N again, and that should be good news for fans everywhere.” – Zippo
Zippo also states that Donkey Kong is getting an animation (yet their sources do not know if it’s for a tv show or a movie), a theme park expansion, and more merchandise. Even though this is nowhere near an official announcement, there are various pieces of evidence currently floating around that are able to back these claims.
Donkey Kong Theme Park Expansion
Universal Studios is already pushing ahead with its plans to expand the Super Nintendo World theme park with a Donkey Kong-themed expansion. Super World Japan opened to the public earlier this year and it features a locked door hidden towards the north of the park that can only be described as a Donkey Kong-esque design.
The Super Nintendo World theme parks are set to open at Universal Studios around the world but the next one might not appear until 2022-23 so it isn’t clear if Donkey Kong will make it to those just yet.
Donkey Kong Animation
The Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently indicated that the company is exploring the potential of creating more animation content for its other game series. At the present moment, there is only a Super Mario movie in development with the studio Illumination, which has a 2022 release window for the time being.
Nintendo has always been very protective of its intellectual property, having only two previous video games adapted in the past 30 years (The Legend of Zelda animated series and the unforgettable Super Mario Movie), yet Nintendo has previously stated it has already embarked on other visual content projects, in hopes leverage its popular IP and join the battle of the online streaming services.
How do you feel about this new expansion? Are there any other video games franchises you would like to see receive this expansion?
Make sure to check out today’s The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Party articles.
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