It is nearing two years since Universal Parks and Resorts announced that it would be teaming up with Nintendo to build a theme park based on some of gaming’s best known characters and stories. First revealed in May 2015, it came at a time when the new consoles at the time weren’t doing too well in terms of sales and Amiibos were some of the best selling Nintendo products. Now, with the success of numerous Pokémon games throughout the year and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild eagerly anticipated, it seems like the perfect time to get people excited about visiting a real life Nintendo adventure.
The two companies have released a video that offers the first real glimpse of their vision for the park. It begins with Shigeru Miyamoto strolling through the Universal Studios with his iconic character Mario bouncing along behind him, almost as a premonition of their hopes.
Mark Woodbury from Universal described the Nintendo attraction as “the next great idea, the next great place to take people.” He mentions plans to build Nintendo attractions in all three Universal attractions in Hollywood, Japan and Orlando.
In return, Nintendo’s Miyamoto said, “We are constantly amazed how the park developers are bringing the essence of our games into the real world.”
The announcement promises that the amusement park is being developed into a truly immersive and interactive place, evoking all the joy and colour and excitement that make Nintendo games so well loved. The attractions are designed – much like the games that inspired them – to appeal to people of all ages and to feel like you’re walking out of the real world and onto your favourite game platform.
The video concludes with Miyamoto promising that more information about what to expect is on the horizon and encouraging fans to keep an eye out for future updates.