Nintendo attractions coming to Universal Orlando, Japan and Hollywood

Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan also partnering for attractions

Universal and Nintendo confirmed today that Universal Orlando, Japan and Hollywood will be getting Nintendo-themed attractions at their parks.  Very few if any details were mentioned of these new attractions.

Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative Universal Parks & Resorts mentions in this newly released video that the attractions will be designed to “transport” visitors “as if they had just walked into their game platform.”

Miyamoto also mentions in the video that “Mario will finally feel like he came home” when these new attractions open at Universal parks around the world.

The new Nintendo attractions will  open over the next several years at the individual parks.

Stay tuned after the break for the official press release from Universal.

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.




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