Super Nintendo World is Coming to Universal Studios
After much speculation, it’s official! Universal Studios Japan has revealed initial details surrounding Super Nintendo World, Nintendo’s first foray into theme park entertainment. The first concept art showcases stunning theming and immersion!
The announcement was made on Twitter, with a conceptual image of the what the park may look like. If you look closely, Nintendo’s teaser image leans heavily on Mario and Luigi, with versions of Princess Peach and Bowser’s castles and what appear to be theme park character versions of Peach and Toad. Universal says Super Nintendo World is targeted to have its grand opening just in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
While Universal Studios Japan will be the first location to open, Nintendo themed areas are also coming to Orlando and Hollywood as announced by Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts on November 29, 2016.
Taking cues from other theme parks, Super Nintendo World will host state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, restaurants, and shopping, all while featuring characters from Nintendo’s most popular characters and games. Super Nintendo World will be developed mainly using the park’s current parking area and part of another area that was designated for future expansion with a cost exceeding 50 billion yen (approx $434 million dollars). In other words, this won’t be a small expansion! In addition to the concept art above, the land’s official logo was revealed as well!
Universal has shown itself to be extremely capable to create an immersive world that not only is accurate to the source material, but provides world class entertainment to guests, and this is the company’s next big franchise to be incorporated into theme parks since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
In November, Nintendo and Universal Studios announced initial details of its partnership, saying the Nintendo-themed attractions will be “expansive, immersive and interactive” and feature “authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.” The park attractions will open separately over the next several years.
Are you as excited for Super Nintendo World as we are? We have our fingers crossed for Zelda at Universal Orlando’s debut! What ideas do you have for the park? Let us know in the comments below or on our socials!