Nintendo Coming To Three Universal Parks in Coming Years

Last May, Universal Parks and Resorts announced a partnership with Nintendo, and in their blog today, Universal Orlando’s Tom Schroeder provided more details about the project.


The main details released were:

  • Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They’ll be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.
  • You’ll feel as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – 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.

“Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure,” Schroeder wrote. “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’ll enter an entire realm filled with iconic Nintendo excitement, gameplay, heroes and villains. And it’s coming to three Universal theme parks around the globe.”

Check out the video below of Shigeru Miyamoto, of Nintendo, and Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, as they discuss what we can expect in the new lands.

With all of Universal’s recent expansions and new attractions in recent years, it’s clear that Universal hopes to achieve the same level of immersion and success with the Nintendo partnership as they have with other properties including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Fast & The Furious, and Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

While each of the three Universal theme parks will announce details of their specific Nintendo areas at a later date, the Orlando Sentinel notes that many have speculated a small Nintendo land could replace Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, which is rumored to eventually be closed at Universal Studios Florida. There has also been speculation that it could replace Toon Lagoon at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

What Nintendo properties are you hoping for in the theme parks? Which Universal park do you think will see the first appearance of Nintendo? Let us know in the comments below!


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