Video game companies level up to live action


Brisa Martinez

Many games thrive throughout various gaming consoles.

Brisa Martinez, Reporter

Both new and old video game franchises have been expanding towards other forms of entertainment and media, from creating books and comics to series and movies. Gamers are excited for what the future has in store.

Sonic released its first game in 1991. Its popularity led to the release of many other games, comics, and even several Sonic cartoon series, such as “Sonic-X” and “Sonic Boom.” The first ever Sonic movie was Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie and was released in 1996 with an IMDb rating of 6.5 of 10. The newer movie, Sonic the Hedgehog, was released in Aug. 2020. It got a 6.3 of 10 from IMDb and a 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. According to the Radio Times it has been confirmed that there will be a second movie that will be released on Apr. 8. As shown in the trailer, the audience can expect to see more great things in the movie like Knuckles and Echidna, lovable characters from the Sonic franchise that didn’t show up in the previous movie, it is also expected that the audience will get to see more of Tails who will play a bigger part in the sequel.

The first Mario game was released in 1985 and the first Mario movie, Super Mario Bros:The Movie was released in 1993. The video game was and still remains popular. It has more than 200 games released with the newest one being “Mario Party Superstars.” The creator of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, recently announced that a Mario movie would be in theaters Dec. 21, 2022. According to digitaltrends article, “the Nintendo Direct did not reveal much about the movie. Its story, setting, and even its official name are still a mystery. However it did introduce the main cast,” some of the main cast include Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Foreman Spike.

The Arcane series came from the popular game League of Legends. The Riot Games company had released League of Legends in 2009 and gained popularity in 2011. According to leaguefeed League of Legends eventually became one of the most popular online games in the world. Netflix released Arcane on Nov. 6, 2021. The series is based on the games characters’ stories. The series broke many records to become the most watched series on Netflix in 38 countries according to ESPORTS GRIZZLEY and according to Forbes Arcane is the highest rated Netflix original series ever with a 9.4 of 10 rating on IMDb. Riot Games have also confirmed a second season on their official website.

Although it took Riot Games six years to produce season one of Arcane, they assure that this will not happen for season two.

“We’re excited to confirm that a second season of Arcane is already in production, will continue to be made by us, and will NOT take another six years,” Riot Games official website posted in Nov. 22.

Five Nights at Freddy’s first game was released in Aug. 2014. It is one of the most played games on YouTube along with the newer release. Five Nights at Freddys has released eight main games in addition to five books that dive into the games events and lore. The most recent game, “Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach,” was released last Dec. The plot of the game is being trapped inside a pizza place and trying to survive escaping various murderous animatronics. The game was rated 68 percent by Metacritic and an 8 of 10 from KeenGamer.