Wreck-It Ralph is a treasured movie for Disney fans and gamers alike. Its portrayal of a video game villain saving the day with the help of a kart racing character is one for the history books, and it didn’t hurt to see a couple of familiar faces along the way. Packed with cameos and references to iconic video characters, we saw big names like Sonic the Hedgehog, Ryu from Street Fighter, and numerous arcade classics make appearances, but many really wanted to get Mario on the big screen. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen then, and it looks like it won’t happen with the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, either.

Ralph Breaks the Internet won’t exactly be the video game nostalgia trip we got the first time around. Rather, it seems more or less focused on the apps and mobile games that we use every day. In a recent interview with Inside the Magic, Disney’s story artists shared a couple of things the sequel brings to the table, alongside discussing a couple of ideas that didn’t make the cut. Alas, this last group includes the long-awaited appearance of our favorite plumber.

When discussing possible outtakes for the sequel’s home release, story artist Jason Hand said the following:

“Some of the stuff was that we don’t have rights to certain characters, because we’re working in a world of other people’s media. It’s like, that would have been really funny if we could have Mario [from Nintendo’s Super Mario games] in here doing this part, but it doesn’t end up working out because of that, and it’s fine and the story doesn’t actually end up needing it. But as individual bits, it’s like “That’s a great ‘Saturday Night Live’ bit!” Rich [Moore] and Phil [Johnston, the movie’s co-directors] are pretty much full of those things so it’s an endless amount of great ideas, honestly.” —
Jason Hand

As it turns out, the change in scenery wasn’t the reason for Mario’s lack of screen time. Instead, it seems Nintendo decided to not give Disney the rights to put him in the film, in spite of the fact that Bowser made an appearance in the original film. While it’s a disappointment, I’m still excited for Ralph Breaks the Internet, as the first film would have been just as charming without a pile of cameos. If you’re interested in reading the rest of the interview, check out the link below.

Although Mario is without a doubt the face of the video game industry, he is also one of the most aggressively protected intellectual properties in modern society. We may question Nintendo on their decision to leave him out of a big screen appearance they’ve backed with character cameos in the past, but they surely have their own reasoning. Perhaps it’s to save the value of his intellectual property in the film industry for his own breakout film in the future? It’s all up in the air now, but hopefully we’ll receive clarity as time goes on.

What do you think about Ralph Breaks the Internet? How do you feel about Mario not making an appearance? Go to the comments below to give us your opinions!

Source: Inside the Magic

Alex MacIntyre
My favorite games are Persona 5, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Yakuza 6. I'm pretty good at Guitar Hero, too. I'm also really into music. My favorite artists are Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Frank Zappa. I'm from Nova Scotia, Canada.

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