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A Nintendo Theme Park Is Coming To Universal Studios

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Ready for Mr. Bowser’s Wild Ride? Nintendo and Universal have entered a partnership to bring the former’s stable of beloved characters — and the worlds they inhabit — into the real world via the Universal Studios theme park. A Nintendo area will be introduced to Universal over the next several years, with each game series being given its own attraction one by one.

The existence of the project was announced last March, but was only confirmed for Universal Studios Japan. Today in a new video, both companies announced they would be building this attraction in all three parks — Osaka, Hollywood and Orlando.

At this point, all we know is that it’s coming….what kind of rides and environments the park will sport is anybody’s guess. But perhaps it’ll resemble this student film created in 2007. Yes, that is Don LaFontaine doing the narration — he would lend his voice to school projects for free when asked. When the Nintendo theme park gets far enough in development to run advertising, the perfect voice-over already exists!

Nintendo’s press release follows.

Kyoto, Japan and ORLANDO, Florida (November 29, 2016) – Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world.

You will enter an entire realm filled with iconic Nintendo excitement, gameplay, heroes and villains. And it is coming to three Universal theme parks around the globe.

The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special. All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.

Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They will be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.
Guests will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games – this time in real life.
There will be something for everyone – regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway; they will open separately over the next several years.

The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo – two icons of the entertainment world. Universal theme parks create incredibly popular family entertainment experiences for millions of people based on compelling characters, stories and innovative technology. Nintendo creates remarkable and imaginative games filled with captivating stories and beloved characters.

Each Universal theme park will announce details of its specific Nintendo areas. The first such announcement will come soon.