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+$Mario and Luigi are heading for the big screen, after Universal Studios-owned film and animation studio照明娱乐+$reached an agreement with任天堂+$to produce a feature-length movie.

+$Nintendo has confirmed the film in a tweet, adding that it will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the+$Mario+$series of video games, and Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri.

+$It’s one of the highest-profile licensing deals by a Hollywood studio in years, the Wall Street Journal报道+$earlier.

+$The project is the latest move by the Japanese game company to diversify its earnings in different revenue streams.

+$Pokémon characters appeared in the wildly popular AR game Pokémon Go, while in 2015 Nintendo agreed that Universal Parks and Resorts could build attractions based on Nintendo characters. A Nintendo-themed area of Universal’s Osaka theme park is planned to coincide with the+$2020 Tokyo Olympics

+$Earlier This Week,+$Nintendo Reported+$its biggest third-quarter operating profit in eight years.

+$Of course, this isn’t the first time the iconic plumber brothers have starred in a film series. A 1993 live action film featuring Bob Hoskins, Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo –+$described+$by its director as “a harrowing experience” – bombed at the box office.

+$Thankfully, Nintendo is sticking to animation this time. A release date has yet to be announced.

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