Random: Of course, “This Is Miyamoto” has become a meme

Yes, it's Miyamoto
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We are sure that the delay of the Super Mario animated film has sent shock waves around the world. The film, which was originally slated for release on December 22, has – with Chris Pratt in the lead role as the Italian plumber – been pushed back to April 2023. In the early morning hours (for many of us!), Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri issue statements to deliver this poisonous sponge to avid fans.

Miyamoto’s statement in particular has inspired many online, because of course it has. If you missed it, here’s the statement from Nintendo’s Twitter account:

“This is Miyamoto. After consulting Chris-san, my partner at Illumination on the Super Mario Bros. movie, we decided to move the global release to Spring 2023-28. April in Japan and April 7 in North America. My deepest sorry, but I promise it’s worth the wait. “

That seems like a pretty inconspicuous and harmless statement, right? Well, except for the “This is Miyamoto” part. Many people saw the wording and thought it was a parody – Illumination made a graphic and all that! But soon people realized that Miyamoto’s statement actually came from the official Nintendo of America account, verified and all that.

Given the mixed reactions to the film and the casting announcements last year, it might be Nintendo that is really messing with us.

Or maybe some of us just wanted to say hello to the man who created Mario.

There are also suggestions that something sinister may be going on at Nintendo.

Or maybe Miyamoto is secretly hiding a grudge because of some misconceptions about Wind Waker when the trailer first debuted.

Many have also chosen the statement to create some pretty funny memes. We think there will be enough of these to keep us busy over the next year.

There are already plenty of existing Nintendo memes, so many have adapted these to suit the film’s delay, including one of “Miyamoto’s famous quotes.

Maybe the delay is actually due to the rapid success of Sonic the Hedgehog 2?

And Crows Crows Crows – which is bringing The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe to Switch tomorrow – has taken the chance to promote its upcoming release based on this statement.

We do not think we will get tired of this for a while, and it’s been a while since a new Nintendo meme has swept up a storm.

Do you have a favorite? Share them below if you have any!