Back in 2015 it was officially confirmed that Nintendo would have attractions at Universal resorts / theme parks, and from late 2016 it started to get more official attention. Though not due until 2020, Nintendo even attended a ceremony and released a trailer (above) for the Tokyo attraction.
Super Nintendo World is also coming to Universal Orlando, of course, and according to WFTV (Hat-tip to GameXplain) recently released planning documents show that the Nintendo areas will be bigger than previously expected. A large area seems to be set aside for the project, including a Super Mario Land, along with Donkey Kong and Mario Kart areas.
It's all a good while away, of course, but it'll be interesting to see how these resorts turn out. Along with recent reports that Nintendo is close to a deal with Universal and Illumination to produce a CGI Mario movie, we could be looking ahead to a major multimedia push from the company.
Let us know whether you're excited about the prospect of Super Nintendo Land at Universal resorts.
I love all things Disney and Universal parks already. First Star Wars Land at Hollywood Studios and now a bigger than expected Nintendo land. It's great to see these places spend big to further improve the guest experience.
Also, real life Hotel Mario or bust!
Needs a Metroid ride with amazing animatronics.
This is exciting. I am by no means in the Orlando neighborhood, but if I stand a chance of getting to any of the Universal Parks, Orlando is the closest one. The corporate office of the company I work for is in Orlando, and I am down there on occasion.
Metroid should also be a Holloween maze
@NinjaWaddleDee That Metroid ride will be set up way in the back, behind the Donkey Kong Country rides (yes, RIDES).
And the Metroid ride will only work when the person in charge is a male and gives the go ahead. Otherwise, no.
And it will be based on this game:
It should have a Mario Kart Track with dodgem cars.
Groundbreaking, ambitious first party games. Expansion of their IPs into pop culture. This almost feels like the return of 90s Nintendo.
Will the Go Kart "Levitate" by Anti-G technology for Mario Kart section ?
Looking good. The world needs Nintendo. Well mostly Mario and his unbridled happiness and optimism. We have plenty of pointy eared elf heroes and metal clad bounty hunters. But Mario, well he's all about youthful exuberance, and that's been in very short supply of late.
I'm guessing Pokemon will feature also?
I'm excited! Some people just don't get video games, so it'll be great to point out a real life Mario something to people
I k ow where I'm going on holiday that year 😃
@datamonkey I wouldn't count on that. Pokemon has a strange byzantine ownership structure. Nintendo has effective control of the Pokemon Company but it's not something they own outright.
I guess I was under a rock... I didn't even know they were going to do Super Nintendo World in Orlando, so that's great.
This would be amazing... Give me a roller coaster based on Rainbow Road and I would be happy.
This is definitively on my to visit list. Shame it seems so far away yet.
Got back from Florida and the parks last week and it was a great experience overall (just wish had the extra funds to pay for fast passes Anyway looks like I have another reason to fly the family out there again in a few years
“Universal needs Nintendo to be a game changer.”
Haha good pun!😀
Wow, this makes me happy i would take the first flight when it opens.
Im also excited about the Mario movie.
Nintendo is really going all out.
WELCOME!! TO MARIO KART!!!
Just tear down The Simpsons section for a Zelda or Splatoon zone
Nice link up with Universal. Between their theme parks and animation assets, this looks like a partnership that could deliver a lot of great synergies.
My boys would love this. Big Nintendo fans in my family. Definitely will be saving up to take them sometime after 2020.
@StuTwo I would imagine if something where to be developed that would make Game Freak and The Pokémon Company money, they'll be on board.
I thought this was going to be about a sequel to worst Gamecube game ever Universal Studios...
I'm still not sure what I can actually expect from a Nintendo theme park. I can't jump like Mario.
If it's all crazy obstacle courses, I'd have fun, but I'd need to quote Danny Glover constantly.
Most of the Universal Studios portion of the article has been known for a long time. Mock ups and renderings are online. The permits just give everything a more concrete feeling.
The big news is the Nintendo expansion outside of US. The 4th park area is a given. With 600 or something acres it will probably be the best realized version of a Nintendo Area. And the farthest out timeline wise.
Islands of Adventure is trickier. They will not get rid of Harry Potter Land (Naturally) or Jurassic Park Land. Or Superhero Island. That leaves Newspaper Comics Land, Dr. Seuss Land, and Lost Continent Land.
Comics has two water rides, Seuss has many kiddie rides, and LC just has two shows (Because HP took over the rides and space). So LC seems like the best place to retheme. What to retheme it to would be tough because I am sure they do not want the transition into HP land to be Nintendo Metroid Land. Zelda would be the easiest fit but I think hardest to make rides out of. That is assuming they would want 1 IP for IOA and not multible Nintendo franchises represented.
All the more reason for me to make it to Universal in a few years! I've only been to the California iteration, way before the Harry Potter area was thought of....
This is great! I love rollercoasters and theme parks!
This all sounds amazing and I'll come all the way from Western Canada to the grand opening!
There's so much to Nintendo that Super Nintendo World could become it's own theme park, not just a section of one. A Zelda section would be epic. Let's think now...rides?! Zelda doesn't have a lot of fast paced action scenes that would replicate into a ride. But it doesn't have to be that to make a good attraction or ride. Maybe a ride is not the best thing, but an interactive attraction that gets people using their brains - a dungeon setup like a "fun house" but with puzzles to solve to find your way out! It could include a virtual archery course where people can shoot at Bokos similar to the Nintendoland game.
An escape room game that's highly Zelda-themed would be a great attraction for this.
It's half the size of my family's property, which is decent i guess
Looking forward to this, as most are. Just went back to universal recently for the first time in a while. I expect the Nintendoland rides to fall in line with what Universal does. They love 3D, simulated motion rides. Expect a healthy serving of that. Would work well as a Mario Kart ride. Roller coaster is another option. I may be more excited for all the awesome merchandise than anything else.
This might be the first time I -have- to visit a theme park.
Will have to bring lots of cash for buying Nintendo goods....hopefully they'll have lots of exclusive merch there!
If there isn't a big Zelda feature then its dumb and why bother.
@GC-161 Cos girls don't like Metroid?
@Samwise7 That was an OTHER M reference.
@GC-161 Ah I get you. I think it should be something like Space Mountain. The only real chance in Super Nintendo Land for a good scary rollercoaster.
I think a dark ride through the world of Zelda would be epic! Just think moving through the lush Kokerian Forest or vivid landscape of Hyrian Field would get me there in a heartbeat! Also I would love it if there was a retro section.
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