You’ll soon be able to “play inside your favourite games” at Universal theme parks in Japan and the United States, with Nintendo-themed areas set to offer “expansive, immersive and interactive” new areas to enjoy.
In what is most likely every Nintendo fan’s dream, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka and both parks in Hollywood and Orlando in the US will get Nintendo-themed areas in the next few years.
Shigeru Miyamoto, a god among gamers and perhaps best known for being the creator of Super Mario and Zelda, said Nintendo was “constantly amazed how park developers bring the essence of our games to life.”
“Together we are building it with an eye for what guests will actually experience. We are working very hard to create attractions that can be equally enjoyable to anybody regardless of age. Since we’re really bringing the world to life, I think Mario will feel like he finally came home,” he said at the official announcement.
The new themed areas will open “over the next several years”, so we may be a bit far off. We also don’t know which Nintendo brands will be utilised for the parks, but a safe bet would be Mario and Pokemon, at the very least.
“We’re going to be able to create an entire Nintendo world,” said Universal Creative president, Mark Woodbury. “We can’t wait for fans to experience this at all three our parks.”
I was pretty devastated when they got rid of the Terminator 2 ride at Universal Studios in Hollywood, but I guess this makes up for it.