Quite some time ago Nintendo confirmed that it was in the process of planning attractions with Universal parks, and it emerged that a deal was pretty much done for a Universal Studios Japan setting in time for the Tokyo Olympics. Rumours then swirled around extra land for a Nintendo attraction at Universal Orlando. Well, there's finally been an update, with confirmation that Nintendo attractions are coming to three Universal Studios and Resorts parks, in Japan, Orlando and Hollywood.
The confirmation comes in a video below, which also shows that sightings of Shigeru Miyamoto at Universal Studios a number of weeks ago were correct.
The following is from a press release:
Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. ? 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. See more in the official announcement video on YouTube (above).
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 favourite 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.
Are you excited about this? Let us know what you think of potential Nintendo theme park attractions in the comments below.
It's about time something like this happened. It's a match made in heaven!
Hmm, well I know where I'll be spending a few vacation days...
If they don't build a Hotel Mario for me to stay in the whole endeavor will be a waste of time.
Luigi's Mansion haunted house please!
@JHDK or better a Luigi's Mansion!
Whoa I want a real piranha plant biting the tourists I'll pick up the coins though.
Looking forward to this! Hoping to head back to Florida in 2021 for the WDW 50th. Would be great if this and the Star Wars areas were done by then.
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I don't live in America...
As a universal Orlando passholder I am so stoked for this to happen!
I simply cannot wait for this!
If Universal is wise then they will make the Nintendo area a blend of Disney meets Universal. Have some younger kid rides that operate like a Disney attraction (ride in a buggy and experience a tangible Nintendo game world) and then also have the more thrilling older kids/adult rides too.
Pokemon Snap would make a decent ride.
So Miyamoto was there! The rumors were true!
I'm glad they decided to not keep it in Japan only.
When they announce the official opening, I'll start planning my vacations
We might be able to use our Platinum Points.
Looking great. Given Miyamoto's hefty presence of late as the company's face (unlike in earlier times, when it usually was the CEO to do publicity and presentations), I wonder who will be on stage in January for the full Switch reveal. Kimishima seems like a decent man, but I doubt he would be the right one to present a new gaming device with the level of enthusiasm that is necessary. Miyamoto of course...
I think these attractions will mostly be 3d experiences or something like that. There is a French theme park, which has an attraction involving the Rabbids. It's something like a 4D experience, where you're watching a humouristic movie while you're riding through the attraction. Considering Universal is an expert when it comes to creating these experiences (I've never been to their theme parks, but looking at their attractions they have made more of those '4D experiences'), I expect Nintendo's attractions to be just like that.
Hype mode charging!
actually I don't really care...
Animal Crossing should be included also. Imagine Brewster Cafe for real, Able Sister Shop for real, Kicks for real, the villagers, etc.
Only decades late for my life, lol, but if an opportunity comes for me to visit, take kids, etc., then I am there
Looks like I'll be planning a trip to Florida in the future
"Okay so we're going to do what we call a body check on Reggie here..."
"My passport my passport is ready."
I'd love a Mario Kart ride... they could go really crazy with it, allowing you to drive it yourself, or they could do it like Double Dash where you ride behind the character, in order to give an excuse for it running on tracks... they could even use a computer to control your route, randomising the race every time.
If they done an on-rails shooting ride it would have to be Metroid (I'm thinking similar to a Men in Black ride I went on in Orlando years ago).
They could even do an arcade of mini-amusements... Duck Hunt, for example would be great like that... and they have tons of Mario Party mini-games that would also be perfect for that sort of thing.
If they done a big roller-coaster Starfox would probably be the best choice... weaving in and out of various obstacles.
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What if there was a roller coaster shooter like the one in Super Mario Sunshine? Yessss...
Sucks for you European guys that have to travel so far to go to this Nintendo Universal Studios world.
My wife loves Disney World. And we've gone down there a number of times for the past 12 years we've been together (married and not married included). We're gonna have to skip Disney the next go around if this lives up to its potential.
Very cool. I hope Reggie isn't allowed to screw this up.
It's finally happening, after all this time they made the right choice. This will immortalize Nintendo in all it's glory matching childhood dreams with worlds from the games that they love
Was fortunate to finally go abroad last year for the first time ever and we went to Florida, absolutely loved it my eldest daughter had her 10th birthday there
Our other turns 10 in spring 2019, it would be epic if the Nintendo area was done by then, fingers crossed
I've only been to Universal Orlando once about 15 years ago before we had kids but I'd try to make a trip back for this. Maybe before my oldest goes off to college. I don't see how this could be bad, too many good properties to choose from.
Super Mario Run is going to be the main commercial for these places, it will have such a huge audience. Going to be a bit awkward for those Disney Magical Kingdom games on 3DS though.
Super stoked. It's about damn time!!
I've been wanting a Nintendo theme park since I was a kid! I can't wait!!
@Janus1986 Morimoto...Sakurai....Reggie...Shibata...helll wouldnt it be heartbreaking for a message from Iwata?
If people think waiting for the Switch is bad, this is going to be brutal. This could be a 3 plus year wait depending on what parks get priority and where they put them.
Do we have a time frame? Should I be buying a year pass right now lol
@G-Boy Couldn't you travel there for a holiday? I've been to Orlando several times now.
Im much more interested in movie deals than rides.
But the real question is, do they have a castle? And is it Peach's castle or Hyrule castle?
Well for time frames;
Harry Potter at Universal Florida took 2.5 years to build.
The Universal Diagon Alley expansion took over 2 years as well.
If you look at Disney, Star Wars land was announced in 2015 and will not be ready until close to 2020 in Florida.
We have a while especially with no construction even started.
Sounds awesome, if it's what it sounds then I must go!
Don't forget the "Disneyland" of Nintendo from Baby Park Mario Kart 8.
I actually live near Orlando.....an hour or two away...finally something happens here. lol
Sounds awesome! Now if only Universal wasn't so bloody expensive.
I actually know someone who's been working on these attractions for the Orlando park for about the past year.
I can't say much, but if these turn out in any way from what I've peeked in on, it's going to blow our minds!
You'll get Bowser's castle and you'll like it too!
In the meantime they should have a kirby café.....
Seems like the other guy is working really hard to force a smile. Miyamoto on the other hand just glimmers joy as always.
@BLP_Software It would be heart breaking but I'm sure knowing Iwata he would try to spin it into a happy occasion (probably crack a joke or two) and tell us not to dwell on his death and rather be happy for the arrival of a new console with an optimistic outlook for Nintendo.
@Ernest_The_Crab That would be a very Iwata thing to do. Crack wise, joke about, hold some bananas. It'll be his legacy, and while it is a new direction I expect some mention of his work on it. They hit the nail on the head with the first trailer, especially the firework style announcement of less than a day, and announcing this Tokyo WebCast allows people to know far in advance of the full force showings.
I believe Kimishima is the right choice for President, very much following how Iwata used his personal knowledge, by bringing hardware and software specialists up to his level to assist him in running the company, and everything has been very clean, sleak, sharp and on point from NCL and NoE. Not sure about NoA though.
Doomed. All I wanted was a traditional console with a standard controller and at least Xbox one level power for ports. And they give me a theme park...
Now to save up for my halfway cross-country trip. Due to me being in the middle of the US, it'll be about 20 so hours of driving whether I choose Orlando or Hollywood.
I've been to Universal Studios Florida way back in 1994. I still have the photo of my dad and I next to the Jurassic Park jeep and T-Rex. lol. (I was 7 back then.)
YAAAAAASSSSS!!!!!!!! I live only 2 hours from of Hollywood!! I can't wait!!!!
In other news:
FIX YOUR FROCKING INVENTORY ISSUES, NINTENDO!!!!!!!!
A rollercoaster for Donkey Kong Country that actually plays the soundtrack as it goes inside a mine-like set, please!
An F Zero roller coaster, Zelda Wind Waker King of Red Lions water ride and Mario Kart Bumper cars all make sense.
Yet another reason for me to try and get to Universal in a few years! The first reason being the Harry Potter section.
Awesome. I can't wait
That red background with the Earth on it and Nintendo logo and confirmed written somewhere near it...you guys want to give me a hart attack, don't you?
Love parks. Love Nintendo. Gonna love this.
@Koniec Why are you replying then? Internet people are wholly an odd bunch...
They are very close. You can go to both. Can't imagine the Nintendo section of Universal taking more than a day visit.
Man, I love Disney World and Universal Orlando was pretty impressive even when we went ~20 years ago. It was only a day-visit, but I just remember that I was surprised it could compete with Disney rides. Honestly, I think they adjusted better than Disney when it went through a pretty dark phase of ruining some of their rides like the Tiki Room and the Imagination ride trying to be hip and timely rather than timeless. Thankfully, it's back on track.
Went recently and was not prepared for how great it was to see Storm Troopers walking around and pulling away guests with rebel insignias or pictures of BB-8 on their clothing. (Star Wars land can't come soon enough and 2020 is not soon enough. )
I think I'd just about pass out if there was a Zelda ride or a Mario Kart attraction worthy of the franchises. For me, a Metroid Prime experience could be amazing but I wonder at which franchises they'll focus on. You have to have Mario and smiling clouds and coins, but that's less interesting to me.
We've talked about Pokémon and how you could spread that out through the entire park with one of those interactive hunt the location activities.
Animal Crossing could be surreal and functional as a perfect fit for stores. (KK Slider visits...)
Possibilities are so endless that the only disappointment will be how limited it has to be in the end.
Anyway, I'm there if/when it is at all possible and Orlando is probably the one.
Funny how times change. Nintendo and Universal were bitter enemies 35 years ago, because of the whole Donkey Kong - King Kong legal battle. (Nintendo won due to King Kong actually being in public domain) Back then, Miyamoto was pointing his middle finger at the Universal globe instead!
@JohnBlackstar Universal is not disney and never will be...however, they have given money to disney, as Disney World seems to be having small financial troubles due to employees and other mentionables. My wife worked for disney for 4 years and I worked at Universal for 8 years. Both parks are truly different, but I swear they are all together! Universal's just a lot bigger than what I ever thought with how much they own and partner with. Other than that, I think it's good that Universal will be offering more for children and with the special effects filled rides that they create, nintendo should be a welcome guest...I do wonder how it's going to work with the fact that Universal is also with Sony...can we finally see an emerge of Nintendo meets Sony??? It could be the ultimate Smash Bros Versus Playstation All Stars Battle Royale!!!!!
Plausible ride ideas:
Definitely a Toy Story Mania like Metroid Arcade Shooter
Super Mario Teacup/Tornado Ride
Luigi's Mansion Haunted House for Halloween Horror Nights(LOL)
Animal Crossing themed shops and restaurants
Legend of Zelda 4D Experience Ride (Like Transformers and Spiderman)
DK Kid Train Ride
Mario Kart Go Kart Ride
Dream RIde List:
Smash Bros Hype Train Rollercoaster with this playing on the background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw4H65XxTAo
F Zero Mega Rollercoaster (Like Rip Ride or Hulk)
Earthbound 4D Experience
Legend of Zelda Theatrical Performance (Sorcerer Mickey Laser Show)
Super Mario Obstacle Course (MONEY MONEY MONEY)
This is great news and I think many of us have been wanting this to happen for some time now. I honestly feel that Nintendo could make their own theme park all on their own with all the IPs they have but I'll take this and trust that Nintendo thought about that and decided this was a better way. They want to stay focused on games but explore other avenues of entertainment and I am good with that. I grew up with Nintendo and I love that they don't forget about young children who still want the Nintendo I grew up with. I want them to evolve but to never forget about the children and younger aged folks.
@aaronsullivan "Possibilities are so endless that the only disappointment will be how limited it has to be in the end."
We're a big theme park family, well as big as 1 can be w/ my kids having never been on a plane, but I think we'll get on 1 for this. And it will be limited, but that's ok, as long as it's immersive. The Dr. Suess section at Universal 15 years ago was really small and aimed at kids but it still made me smile. Mario and Zelda will be the main attractions, who knows what else. I'd be fine if the whole area felt like the Mushroom Kingdom but then the rides were customized to the different games. We'd better start saving.
@rjejr I can totally see there being a main hub with a castle as the centrepiece, with 8 pipe tunnels leading away from it to different worlds...
@RocketRonald It wasn't reply, it was a comment. I'm aloud to do that and say that this doesn't excite me. I wans't rude or a troll. Or comments are just for people that are in the same boat?
I'm really interested to see how this ends up. I would for sure except Mario to be there, but can I hope for Zelda, Metroid, etc?
Although Mario should be the biggest part there's plenty of smaller things you can do with smaller series, like a mute city gift shop or earthbound cafe, or Pikmin playground like the Honey I shrunk the Kids one at MGM.
There's endless possibility but hopefully we'lol see some immersive scenery and get some cool new rides and roller coasters
@Anti-Matter Absouletly, at this point in the game anything could happen, and If they have a Brewsters and Animal crossing town dang.
The thing at this point is there is so much possibility and so many things that can be done and worlds to create here, so now we wait and see....
Went to Universal CA about 10 years ago... to be honest it seemed tired and outdated. Was disappointed. Would definitely go again once Nintendo opens up though. But probably Universal Japan since its closer to me.
As nice as those ideas are, we should temper our expectations a little.
Nintendo land (in florida which is rumored to be the biggest of the three) in only going to take up the space occupied by the Kidzone which right now includes E.T. The Ride, a Barney ride, Playground, a couple of small kiddie rides, and a (admitally big in terms of space) animal show. Not enough for a main hub connecting to different "worlds" or for a large amount of rides.
If they tear down E.T and The Animal Show I think They will put in 2 A+ rides with possibly two B rides, like spinners or dumbo type.
The rest of the land will be highly themed shops and food.
My guess it will be a compromise of Harry Potter and Simpsons land. Not QUITE the detail of HP (which it does not need to be) with the more open space of Simpsons Land (which is my favorite of any land Universal or Disney)
@aaronsullivan I know they're close in proximity. The mitigating factor has been logistics i.e who wants to go, how much time we have to do it, attractions everyone will enjoy and of course, cost. Most of our Disney trips are with family and tend to be planned out. So its hard to just randomly decide to up and go.
@UmbreonsPapa I hear you on logistics! I hope it works out. I guess there's a long time to plan for it.
@rjejr What time of the year do you normally travel to theme parks? We now have Summers off which isn't the ideal time to travel to hotter areas, but that's when it would happen for us. Hah. I'm imagining an insane chance that we'd go at the same time and meet for a laugh and lunch at a Nintendo theme park area.
@aaronsullivan Hot summers. Which is funny b/c my wife HATES the heat. We went 3 summers in a row to Sesame Place, Hershey then Busch Gardens Virginia, and then we usually make a 1 day trip to a smaller amusement park like 6 Flags. Great little one in Connecticut called Lake Compounce, might not be a bad day trip for you, just off of I 84 outside of Hartford, very family friendly. Funny enough, we've never taken the kids to 6 Flags NJ which is only about 90 minutes away b/c both my wife and I remember how crowded it always was there. Before we were married my wife and I did a 3 amusement park trip to Hershey, Kings Island outside of Cincinnati and Cedar Point in Ohio, 3 amusement parks in 7 days. I knew I had to marry her after she agreed to that.
We'll need to do a big NL trip when Nintendo Kingdom opens, I'm sure SpoonyTech is planning a trip - not sure if I've seen you guys communicate but he's cool and has 3 young kids - and of course Gonru, he doesn't have any kids but I'm sure he'll go anyway, him and his wife are cool. Funny thing, my kids have never been on a plane, so that might be there first flight, unless my kid goes off far away to college in 2020. College. OK, need to go eat w/ said family.
@aaronsullivan Found this on Twitter. The irony ins't lost on me, but it fits w/ what we were discussing earlier.
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