Mario headed to parks: Nintendo and Universal join forces

  • Mario headed to parks: Nintendo and Universal join forces

Mario headed to parks: Nintendo and Universal join forces

According to a press statement, the parks featuring famous Nintendo characters will be built in two US locations, in Orlando, Fla. and Los Angeles, alongside the park's Japan location in Osaka.

Work on the attractions is "well underway", and they're promised to have "something for everyone" (gamers and non-gamers alike). Possibly related: media giant Comcast had dropped $1.5 billion in 2015 to own a majority stake in Universal Studios Japan, the operating company of the Osaka location.

At this point, all we know is that it's coming....what kind of rides and environments the park will sport is anybody's guess.

Miyamoto adds that their goal was to give the viewers the sense of immersion in the brand in a way that only the theme park attraction can offer.

"Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure", read the statement. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life.

Pretty soon, you'll be able to live life just like Mario, the world's most adventurous plumber.

What would you like to see at the real life Super Mario World? None of that seems to have materialised yet, but the one thing that does seem to be going ahead full steam is a partnership with Universal Studios.

The video is called "The Vision for Nintendo at Universal Theme Parks" and, in it, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and Universal Creative's Mark Woodbury talk about the upcoming attractions. The attractions "will be expansive, immersive and interactive", according to the release.

Plans include something for everyone, regardless of age or gaming experience level.

The planning and creative work for the attractions are now underway, with the aim to open separately over the next several years.

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