2014 saw the release of three original Pikmin animated shorts from Nintendo, the first real effort in years from the company to bring its properties to other forms of traditional media. Since the release of the Pikmin shorts, Nintendo has promised a future of expansion when it comes to developing its characters for new platforms, and its already begun to do so. This year’s Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins is an example of Nintendo bringing intellectual property in the form of animation. We learned about Nintendo’s plans to bring its characters to theme parks and we’ve seen Nintendo launch venues like the Kirby Café. President of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima, has made reference to the development of both anime and film productions.
Today, while we wait to see what Nintendo will do next, digital media company Ember Lab has released a four-minute short film which depicts the origin story of Skull Kid of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Ember Labs says in the video’s description that the project is, “A labor of love for all those involved, this is a gift to the fans.” The company also describes the film as its depiction of how Nintendo could realize the Zelda universe on film.
You can view the short film for yourself, with fingers crossed that Nintendo doesn’t ask that the video be removed.