Nintendo releases a video that gives some insight into the attractions being developed for Universal Studios, pledging to offer an immersive and interactive experience.
Back in May 2015, a collaboration was announced between Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts that had gamers absolutely giddy with the possibilities. Today, further information has been revealed that details the extensive work being done to bring the worlds and characters of Nintendo to life.
A short video was posted to YouTube that features President of Universal Creative Mark Woodbury, and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto dishing on their vision for the new area of the parks. Woodbury begins by saying Universal is, “always looking for the next great idea, the next great place to take people.” He and the folks at Universal believed Nintendo “fit the bill” in that regard.
We’re going to be able to create an entire Nintendo world and as we continued to develop it that world became more immersive and more involved and more colorful and more exciting and more interactive.
Meanwhile, Miyamoto expresses his genuine amazement at how the park is bringing Nintendo games to the real world. The Mario creator said, “Since we’re really bringing the world to life, I think Mario will feel like he finally came home!” The official press release expands on the immersive experience hinted at in the video.
Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world.
According to the release, each Universal theme park will have a slightly different version of this new area, but will include many of the same Nintendo characters, villains, and attractions. While what exactly will be different isn’t disclosed, there are more announcements coming soon, it notes.
No projected release dates were divulged, perhaps because even they aren’t quite sure when construction will wrap. However, the press release did have an overview of what guests should expect.
- 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 favorite 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.
Universal’s focus on immersion appears to take precedence and it is something the company does well, if its extremely popular Harry Potter themed areas of the parks are any indication. In fact, Sankei News in Japan reports that Universal Studios Japan will be spending $351 million on the project and that it is planned to be roughly the sane size of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The Nintendo/Universal Parks collaboration will likely take a few years to come to fruition, so until fans can physically walk into the Nintendo universe they will have to settle for immersing themselves the old fashioned way. Luckily, Nintendo has some interesting developments of its own in the works.
Long-awaited news on the company’s next console is coming in January, which will include a hands-on event for the Switch. Additionally, fans are anxious to see what else in store for the next Zelda title. Breath of the Wild will be making an appearance at upcoming Game Awards show on December 1st and many are hopeful for a new trailer or longer gameplay demo.
Nintendo‘s next console, the Switch, will launch in 2017.