Nintendo acquires CG animation studio Dynamo Pictures

Nintendo has been quiet on the acquisition front compared to its peers at Microsoft and Sony. Aside from smaller studios it has worked with in the past, Nintendo has primarily liked to focus on developing games in-house and collaborating with independent studios on projects like the upcoming Bayonetta 3. However, it appears that the Japanese company is bringing other studios into its portfolio, but in classic Nintendo fashion, it’s not the studios people are expecting.

In a statement via its Twitter account, Nintendo announced that it has acquired Dynamo Pictures. This visual content company has been involved in everything from video games to anime to film productions over the years. Dynamo Pictures is best known for its work on the latest Dragon Ball Super film and for providing motion capture technology to numerous games and films.

It’s a surprise acquisition for Nintendo, which has insisted for many years that its focus remains firmly on video game development. Nintendo and Dynamo Pictures have met before while working on Metroid: Other M and games in the Pikmin series. The deal is expected to close on October 3, at which point Dynamo Pictures will be rebranded as Nintendo Pictures.

According to a Nintendo press release, Dynamo Pictures is being repurposed to “focus on developing visual content using Nintendo IP,” which sounds like we could get more animated offerings starring Zelda, Mario, and Kirby. This roadmap would align with Nintendo’s desire to have more control over their intellectual property than most video game companies, giving them better visibility from start to finish.

While no direct announcement of future Nintendo character animated offerings has been made, it seems likely that the upcoming Mario movie won’t be the last we’ll see them on the big or small screen. Nintendo acquires CG animation studio Dynamo Pictures

Curtis Crabtree

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