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Areas filled with Nintendo rides, shops, restaurants, and more will be coming to three Universal Studios theme parks some time over the next several years.
The Japanese gaming giant and Universal Parks & Resorts made the announcement Tuesday, promising visitors will be able to experience some staples from classic video game franchises.
Nintendo has been in talks with Universal since at least May 2015, when the two companies announced plans to create park attractions. Originally, only the Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan was confirmed to be getting Nintendo rides, with no word if they would be spreading to other parks.
Officials confirmed though that both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will be getting Nintendo worlds.
No specifics have been announced yet, with the companies mostly dropping buzzwords like “immersive” and “interactive” to describe the shape of the new park worlds. A statement said that park guests would “feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games,” which could refer to virtual reality attractions, or even just rides with digital effects.
And it’s not just for kids. If the NES Classic sales are any indication, Nintendo’s appeal doesn’t have any age barriers. Nostalgia is a powerful force, especially when it comes to the Mario bros.
“We are working very hard to create attractions that can be equally enjoyable to anybody, regardless of age,” Nintendo Creative Fellow and creator of Mario Shigeru Miyamoto said in an announcement video. “We are constantly amazed how the park developers are bringing the essence of our games to life in the real world. Together we are building it with an eye for what guests will actually experience.”
There’s no set timeline for park production, although plans leaked earlier this year from the Japan branch, with estimates putting completion in 2020.
“I think Mario will feel like he finally came home!” Miyamoto added.