Ever since Nintendo announced that it was partnering with Universal Studio Theme Parks’ to create Super Nintendo World, fans have been eager to hear more about the high-profile partnership. 6 months ago, Nintendo officially revealed its plans to have a Tokyo-based Super Nintendo World open in time for the 2020 Olympics. While it’s known that Orlando and Hollywood are both also on the list to play host to a real-life Mario Party, western fans have been kept guessing on when a specific timeline for such will take place. This week, it has come to light that Nintendo filed a trademark for such on May 24, a strong indication that a US-based Nintendo theme park may be announced in the coming months.
The trademark entered the Trademark Reporting and Monitoring System on May 27, and contains a thick paragraph of different applications that Nintendo plans to use for Super Nintendo World. Among the stand-out proclamations from the new trademark listing is the ‘management or arrangement of kart racing’, a clear indication that fans will be able to relive their Rainbow Road Mario Kart fantasies at Universal, especially when combined with the rental of masquerade costumes.
Games can take a look at the conceptual vision for Super Nintendo World below:
The broad scope of the patent would allow for everything from Mario-themed mushroom burgers to an in-park games arcade, which would certainly help introduce multiplayer-centric titles like Splatoon 2 and ARMS to a wider audience, or perhaps introduce a new generation to the classics. While it’s still not known what the plans on for hitting more prevalent intellectual properties likes The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has been very confident in his talks about the future theme park.
Whether it’s a lazy river attraction inspired by Pokemon Snap or a high-octane F-Zero 4D experience, there’s evidently no shortage of applications for Nintendo to flex its library of intellectual properties to the masses. Since the trademark takes a broad strokes approach rather than definite scenarios, these attractions are purely speculative at this point in time. In any event, fans seem to be very keen on the idea Super Nintendo World, and Universal certainly has plenty of experience in converting brands into highly marketable attractions. The trademark filing makes it seem like its only a short matter of time before Super Nintendo World will officially make the jump to the United States, though when Hollywood and Orlando will play host to the Mushroom Kingdom still remains a mystery for the time being.
What do you think would be a good ride for Super Nintendo World, Ranters?
Interested games can take a look at the full trademark request here.