Nintendo Theme Park Coming Soon?
With less than a twenty-minute drive separating the two largest theme parks in the world, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World have been competing since they originally opened. While Universal put the final touches on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Disney World announced a theme park based on the hugely successful Star Wars.
Although Star Wars is sure to bring visitors in by the millions, Universal has yet again outshined Disney when they issued a statement revealing that they had partnered with Nintendo to bring some of its iconic characters, games, and worlds to life in a whole new way.
First announced back in May of 2015, not much has been released as to what type of rides or attractions would be added to the Universal theme parks. Recently, Nintendo of America president Regis Fils-Aime discussed some of the ideas that have been floating around. While he wouldn’t reveal too much, Regis hinted how developers are aware that a majority of their visitors own smartphones and that a smart device could play a pivotal role in how people interact with the world around them.
Though there is no release date set for the Universal theme park in Florida, Universal Studios Japan, who is also building a Nintendo theme park, is working around the clock to have their park finished before the Olympics come to Tokyo in 2020. Disclosed in a 2016 report, the Nintendo attractions in Japan are estimated to cost the company around $351 million to complete. Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima believes that the partnership with Universal will expand the reach of its characters and franchises. He even teased at the idea of one day seeing Nintendo characters on the silver screen.
As more and more information is set to be released, fans of Nintendo and Universal have filled websites with speculation and skepticism over what the companies are planning to build. One idea that appears to be on the top of everyone’s wish list is a real-life version of the beloved Mario Kart. With rides like The Forbidden Journey, Spider-Man, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, and Transformers: The Ride, Universal Studios has proven that they are more than capable of conceptualizing rides that are not only immersive but truly one of a kind.
What are your thoughts on Nintendo teaming up with Universal? Do you have a favorite Nintendo game that you would love to see transformed into a ride? Be sure to tell us in the comment section below.
Article by Chris Piner