Update: The Osaka branch of Nintendo’s new theme park area is scheduled for completion by 2020, in time for Japan’s Olympic Games. The attraction at Universal Studios Osaka will be known as ‘Super Nintendo World’ and will most likely be followed by planned developments in Hollywood and Orlando.
Nintendo fans will soon be able to experience their favourite worlds and characters in the flesh, at Universal Studios across the world.
The news follows confirmation of Nintendo and Universal’s partnership last year, and although no explicit details have been confirmed Nintendo have elaborated on plans to roll out dedicated areas within Universal theme parks in North America and Japan.
In a press release today, Nintendo promised to “bring the fun of Nintendo to life with expansive, highly themed environments at Osaka, Orlando and Hollywood.”
According to the release, creative planning is “well underway” and the parks will open seperatley over the next several years.
“All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways,” Nintendo’s release stated, promising to “bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks.”
The announcement comes after increasing efforts from Nintendo to release their IPs to third parties for their mutual benefit. Earlier this year Mario made a surprise appearance at the Rio 2016 closing ceremony to herald the host of the 2020 games, Tokyo. This year also saw Nintendo make the leap to mobile gaming, with Miyamoto even appearing at the September Apple conference to announce Super Mario Run.
More information on the Nintendo themed areas and an announcement from Universal is expected to follow soon. Read the full press release here.