Welp, it’s another disappointment from Nintendo. It seems like you can set your clocks to the fact that the company simply REFUSES to give more insight into the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom game. That’s right: there is not a SINGLE mention of the game’s new mechanics in The Super Mario Bros. Movie released this weekend.
I was promised by my peers on Reddit following intense speculation that Zelda news would definitely appear in the Mario movie and I am sick to my stomach that I had to sit through 90 minutes of Mario and Luigi just dicking around without a second devoted to the biggest game of the year.
Like, okay, I get it. The Super Mario Bros. Movie is going to have a lot of Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser in it. I’m not saying it should be all Zelda. But Nintendo knows it has fans across loads of franchises. So why the heck didn’t the filmmakers throw Zelda fans a bone by dropping a post-credit teaser trailer for Tears of the Kingdom?
Or better yet, have a post-post credits stinger where Doug Bowser introduces TotK’s new mechanics? Or — and this would’ve been sick — have an epilogue with Mario and Luigi playing Tears of the Kingdom on a Switch, resulting in five minutes of exclusive footage you can only see in the Mario movie! The game is coming out in just a month or so; it seems downright idiotic to not use this movie to showcase some of the new features and islands in Nintendo’s biggest new game. We still have NO idea if the game even has dungeons and Nintendo just wasted 90 FREAKING MINUTES on a bunch of Mario bullshit — who, by the way, doesn’t even have a new game coming out.
I’m starting to understand how Metroid fans felt for a few years: straight-up abandoned. Nintendo seriously had the gall to plaster Legend of Zelda series creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s name all over the Mario movie without even referencing LoZ in the film. This is almost as big of a corporate blunder as the Wii U.
I don’t think Nintendo cares about Legend of Zelda fans anymore. A snub as big as not referencing upcoming Zelda games in the massive new Mario movie is not something to be taken lightly. True Zelda fans should not give Nintendo’s cinematic abomination even a minute of their time, let alone the 92 I spent waiting for Hyrule to appear.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go burn every Zelda game Prima guide I’ve ever bought. This is why Sega’s kicking your ass, Nintendo. They know how to treat their fans right.