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Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel has been confirmed for 2026 by Nintendo and Illumination

The following news should come as no surprise due to the overwhelming success of the first movie, but it’s official: the Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel has been confirmed for 2026 by Nintendo and Illumination.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel will feature nearly the same production team as the first, with Matthew Fogel writing, Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic directing, Nintendo producer and legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto acting as Representative Director and founder and CEO of Illumination, Chris Meledandri, producing.

Miyamoto made the announcement on the official Nintendo Twitter/X page, in celebration of Mario Day on March 10th.

“This is Miyamoto. We are now creating a new animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros. This film is planned for release in theaters on April 3rd, 2026 in the US and many other markets, and throughout the month of April in other territories,” Miyamoto said on the Nintendo Twitter.

He continued, “As for details of the new film, as I often say, we’ll let you know once we’re at the stage where we’re ready to share more.

Mario and Princess Peach from The Super Mario Bros. Movie/Illumination, Nintendo

“This time, we’re thinking about broadening Mario’s world further, and it’ll have a bright and fun story. We hope you’ll look forward to it.”

Chris Meledandri added, “I’m thrilled to announce our return to Super Mario Bros. We start animation soon, and rest assured [we’ll] be stressing over every detail to get it right.”

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The announcement continued by reiterating the partnership between Nintendo and Illumination and reinforced the notion that more Nintendo-based animated movies would be on their way in the future.

“By getting deeply involved in the movie production with the aim to put smiles on everyone’s faces through entertainment,” the announcement added, “Nintendo will continue its efforts to produce unique entertainment and deliver it to as many people as possible.

“Illumination is excited to continue its partnership with Nintendo, bringing its signature mix of joy and discovery to worldwide audiences of all ages, allowing them to connect with the beloved characters and stories from one of the world’s most popular franchises.”

Are you excited for the official Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel or did you figure that a second Super Mario Bros. Movie was inevitable after the overwhelming success of the first? Let us know in the comments.

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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