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Just after yesterday's Kong announcement for Islands of Adventure, today Universal Parks & Resorts has walloped us with another big announcement: a new partnership with Nintendo.

The announcement reads like things are in the very early stages of development, and almost no firm details were revealed. However, we did learn that the "world of Nintendo" will be brought to life at the Universal theme parks, both in Japan and in the U.S. The partnership will result in "spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo's wildly popular games, characters and worlds." The press release specifically mentions that "major attractions" are a part of the plan.

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Nintendo hasn't had much theme park presence to date, though many fans of the well known interactive entertainment company have been craving one. This new partnership will "represent a significant partnership for Nintendo as it expands the reach and popularity of its characters and intellectual property."

"Nintendo has created remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters. Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways – only at Universal theme parks."

Nintendo's line of characters include Mario and his friends, Zelda, Pokemon, Donkey Kong and Metroid. How we will see the characters included in the parks is of a lot of debate currently, and I think we will have to wait some time until we see another announcement for the North America parks. However, Universal Studios Florida's children's area is badly in need of a makeover!
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If there is not a mario themed go kart track then they don't know what they're doing XD

In all seriousness this is a good partnership and I look forward to seeing it develop
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I wish to see Donkey Kong Country themed area! :)
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I wish to see a mushroom psychedelic ride like the Winnie the Pooh one at Disneyland. :)
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Oscar wrote:
I wish to see a mushroom psychedelic ride like the Winnie the Pooh one at Disneyland. :)

That would be fun...... :lol:


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There needs to be either Bowser's castle haunted Dark Ride with the original Mario Bros Castle theme song playing or a Luigi's Mansion Sallycorp shooter. A mushroom themed jump tower would be cute too. Ooo, how about Metroid themed laser tag

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We finally got a sign of life for this project! Nintendo land will be coming to Orlando, Hollywood and Japan! I wonder how they make space for it at Hollywood because that park is crammed.
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Fun-game-tastic, I think! Props to their decision! :D
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Can't wait! Hopefully this will include a new coaster.
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Recently Universal got some new patents which could give us a hint on upcoming Nintendo rides.
First, this one is called 'Drift racers'. Most likely for a Mario kart simulator ride where the person in front can control the vehicle en the person in the back can shoot items.
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Just like in the Gamecube game: Double Dash
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The second one is called 'Boom coaster'. Fans think this may be for a Donkey Kong minecart rollercoaster, in these levels you had to jump from track to track.
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And this is how jumping from track to track would be simulated.
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Just like in the games!
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Other patents were for the Water parks and for what looks to be an Iron man ride:
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Remember, these are just patents and could all mean nothing in the end!
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This "classic" one comes to mind! :!:

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^awesome, wish I played that back in the day
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Ok those first 2 are literally sex, but what the hell is going on with the last one.
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It would be awesome if in Drift Racers the carts spin out of control when they hit a banana peel

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We have a name and first concept art!
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Post December 12th, 2016, 12:26 pm
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welp I'm willing to go when it opens. Anyone else down?
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Koopa's Castle (The attractive hideout!) may tower over the Hogwatts' tallest building! :lol:
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Quite awesome to see it's going to be built in Japan. Plenty of reasons for me to return!

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This "classic" one comes to mind! :!:


Hehe, that was my favorite level when playing that game. :lol:
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^ I couldn't even get a "G" panel! Way too hard! :lol:
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Nintendo posted a new music video/trailer for Super Nintendo World in Japan, along with some new details:



Imagine an immersive and innovative universe of Nintendo brought to life.

Get ready to enjoy SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ featuring the Nintendo experiences you know and love in a way you never thought possible.

The land’s interactive environments will seamlessly connect using state-of-the-art technology to create an innovative and immersive theme park experience for countless opportunities to discover the excitement of your favorite games.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™’s ultra-immersive Mario Kart puts you in the driver’s seat.

Explore the area on the back of a Yoshi on this family-friendly adventure.

Take it to the next level with a Power Up Band* where you can keep score and stay connected while discovering a multi-level game area filled with one-of-a-kind challenges!

As you explore, you’ll discover punchable ? Blocks and many other iconic elements from your favorite Nintendo games.

Explore, Discover and Play.

Stay tuned for more details!

*Power Up Band will be available for purchase


Minus the whole "available for purchase" detail, this sounds really ambitious and I'm really excited to see the final product of both the Power Band and the land as a whole. This project has really flown under the radar for me, and it really shouldn't have. I'm hyped!
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Post January 14th, 2020, 8:26 am
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If you want to see what the land currently looks like right now, here you go:

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I'm also going this piece of concept art for what the finished land will look like:

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...and finally, there's this video which goes into detail about the lands marque attraction, the Mario Kart experience (Warning: Potential Spoilers ahead):



That show be all you need to know about this land.

Sources:

https://twitter.com/9656sola/status/1210055036979466241

https://twitter.com/LCASTUDIOS_USJ/stat ... 2909318145

https://twitter.com/LCASTUDIOS_USJ/stat ... 6835955712

https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/00000 ... 05761.html


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