Nintendo & Illumination Announces ‘The Super Mario Bros.’ Sequel Slated For 2026

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Today, Universal Pictures, in partnership with Illumination & Nintendo, announced that The Super Mario Bros sequel will hit theaters in 2026 during their Mario Day Celebration. The studio moving forward with a sequel is no surprise, given that the original film reached $1.36 billion at the worldwide box office. Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic will direct the sequel with a screenplay by Matthew Fogel. Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy, Seth Rogan, and Jack Black are all expected to return, though that has not been announced.

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The studio is also moving forward with an animated and live-action adaption of The Legend of Zelda. They hope to create multiple animated projects based on other Nintendo characters to lead them into a crossover event in the future. As many fans know, Super Smash Bros was an arena-based game with many Nintendo characters fighting each other via split-screen. These characters included Mario, Pikachu, Starfox, Link, and Metroid Prime. Though this film has yet to be officially announced.

The Super Mario Bros. 2 will hit theaters on April 3rd, 2026

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