An Update on Nintendo’s Universal Studios Theme Parks

Several months ago, we learned that Nintendo had partnered with Universal Studios Theme Parks to create a Nintendo-themed set of attractions. Since this news was revealed, not much has been shared about the project, beyond the fact that Shigeru Miyamoto has been working closely with the designers to create the experience that Nintendo wants for their IP.

That is why it’s fantastic that Nintendo has decided to share a bit of new information on the project for us all to see.

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.

All of this sounds encouragingly familiar, as we have seen the highly immersive world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild during E3 2016. The world that was created for the visitors of the show was incredible to witness through video at home, and the first-person accounts were even better. So, knowing that Universal Studios has a track record for making magnificent attractions, and knowing how well Nintendo implements their visions, I am flat out excited to see what we have in store.

  • 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.

nintendo-e3-booth-2016-7420-004For Nintendo fans and theme park enthusiasts alike, this looks to be an amazing partnership that will be highly popular and attractive for both Nintendo and Universal. Guests are sure to enjoy an experience like none other when they visit any of the parks.

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

I am highly anticipating the grand openings of the Nintendo attractions at Universal Studios. When Satoru Iwata announced the company’s plans in regards to Universal Studios, the news was met with lots of excitement, and I am sure that excitement will only grow in time, as we get closer to the opening, and more and more details emerge. It’s good to see Nintendo continuing to keep us informed, as well.

What attractions do you want to see at the Nintendo/Universal theme parks? Which park(s) will you visit? Are you a fan of visiting theme parks, already?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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