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Miyamoto discusses The Super Mario Bros. Movie’s mixed reception and the benefits

The Super Mario Bros. Movie recently released to high audience numbers throughout the world exceeding the various critics expectations, which weren’t particularly high for the film. The film has received a mixed reception from various media outlets and has an average review score of Metacritic 46, still that doesn’t seem to have worried Shigeru Miyamoto who said you need a little bit of luck when it comes to achieving this level of success for a film.

“I did have a level of expectations that this movie would also do well [like the Super Nintendo World theme park], but I was very surprised that it went beyond what I could have imagined when it finally came out,” Miyamoto, who is also a producer on the film, told press. “You need some luck to achieve this level of success for a film. While many foreign critics have given the movie relatively low ratings, I think that also contributed to the movie’s notoriety and buzz.”


19 thoughts on “Miyamoto discusses The Super Mario Bros. Movie’s mixed reception and the benefits”

  1. He’s just wrong here. The movie did well IN SPITE of poor reviews – not partially due to bad reviews. The brand is too big for the movie to be hindered by poor reviews.

  2. I see movie after beating mk8deluxe, odyssey and 90% of main mario games and i love every second of movie. Only peach song i thing is stupid. I like jack black and tenacious d, yeti song too ;D but peach song no.

  3. That’s not mixed reception. One critic giving a bad review is still just ONE person.

    It’s clear that the reception from this movie is overwhelmingly positive UNLESS you think a critic’s opinion worth more than the average person…. which it clearly isn’t. Critics don’t even pay to see the movie so there is no value there. Their value, theoretically, is to get their readers to buy tickets to see movies they recommend… but this movie proved that people don’t give a damn about what critics say.

    Nah… critics (especially those who receive free tickets/copies) have the lowest value when it comes to opinion and it’s just crazy to call the reception to this movie “mixed.”

    Also, before anyone objects, I’m not saying the movie is universally loved. There are definitely people who did not like the movie and their opinions are still valid… they just remain to be a huge minority and not a large enough number to say, “reception was mixed.” I mean, if even a small number people who didn’t like something automatically make a product “mixed reception” then every media in the world is “mixed reception.”

  4. The reception was both “mixed” in that general audiences and critics seemed to disagree, and that a lot of audience members seem to be split between really enjoying it and “meh, it was okay.” I was definitely in the second camp, but don’t think it actively hurt the brand or anything. It was generic enough to appeal to the masses while simultaneously not ticking off those that wanted more TOO badly.

  5. Critics wanted a woke film and didnt get it. Fans dont want woke films.

    Nintendo was smart lets see if they can continue to be smart in the future.

    1. +Tt
      You wanna know something funny? When the trailers of this movie were coming out, a lot of people complained that it was being woke…..because of the rainbow road XD

    2. least partly true. I read one of the negative reviews by the critics, the reviewer called Bowser an incel. Jesus…woke people need to relax, it’s a childrens/familiy movie.

  6. i liked the movie. i didnt expect much though. peach as a mentor was a bit unexpected if a bit forced at times but i guess they didnt want her to be the helpless girl needing saving. im happy it was well received money wise. wasnt too bothered by chris pratts voice but i was a bit confused about marios parents being in there but i guess they had to make it relatable for the kids lol overall worth a watch imo

  7. The movie is actually pretty bland and not entertaining at all. Would have been better with a good storyline instead they rushed through 40 years of Mario ads pretty much.
    The only reason the movie did any good was because of the name associated with it.

  8. I don’t think the only reason the movie did good is because of the name associated with it. Slapping a popular name or brand on it probably did help because it’s recognizable, that’s not the reason it got any good reviews. In most cases “No one will post anything negative about something popular, otherwise they themselves become the target or a social outcast for having an honest opinion”
    Everyone says “just watch it and form your own opinion” but anyone who voices an honest opinion or doesn’t just agree with the majority is an automatic social outcast.

  9. Glad i saw it, but have no interest to rewatch it ever. Unlike the live-action one that atleast left enough of an impression with its original ideas and presentation to make me rewatch it atleast once a year. If i want more of this new film, i will just replay a modern mario game.

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