Nintendo and Illumination partnering for Super Mario Bros. movie?

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(NBC News Channel) - Mario and Luigi could be headed to the big screen.

The Wall Street Journal reports says Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind "Despicable Me" and "Minions," is close to a deal with Nintendo to make an animated "Super Mario Brothers" movie based on the popular video game franchise.

Nintendo hasn't made deals for movies or TV shows for any main characters since a live-action film that flopped in 1993.

Universal Pictures releases films for Illumination.

The Super Mario franchise is believed to be the best-selling ever, with more than 330 million units in total.