Nearly seven months after Nintendo announced plans to bring its iconic video game worlds to life at Universal theme parks, we now have the first details of what’s described as “a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure.”
“We are working very hard to create attractions that can be equally enjoyable to anybody regardless of age,” legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto explained in a new video. “Since we’re really bringing the world to life I think Mario will feel like he finally came home!”
The Nintendo-themed areas will be constructed at Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, with the stated goal of bringing “the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life.” The backdrops in the video above may provide a small clue at to what visitors can expect.
The areas will be “expansive, immersive and interactive,” complete with authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, restaurants and shops. “We’re going to be able to create an entire Nintendo world,” Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, said in the video, “and as we continue to develop it, that world became more immersive and more involved, and more colorful, and more exciting, and more interactive.”
According to a joint statement from Universal and Nintendo, development on the themed areas is well under way. They’re planned to open separately over the next several years.
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