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Universal outlines its plans for Nintendo-themed lands

November 29, 2016, 8:28 AM · Universal Parks & Resorts today outlined the new Nintendo-themed lands it will be bringing to three of its theme park resorts in the next few years.

Nintendo lands will be coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando, and Universal Studios Hollywood, the company announced today. (That means the tiny Universal Studios Singapore, which lacks expansion space, again will be left out, as it was for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.) In a video posted by the company, Universal Creative President Mark Woodbury and Nintendo's legendary game creator Shigeru Miyamoto talked about the companies' partnership and the process of developing plans for the parks.

Like a video game, you have to experience the video multiple times, not just to see what the two creators are saying, but also to examine the background for details that might make their way into the lands.

Universal's Nintendo lands will be interactive, with multiple attractions, shops, and restaurants, Universal said. "You’ll feel as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life," Universal said in a press release. And, consistent with a good gaming platform, "There will be something for everyone—regardless of their age or gaming experience level."

Universal promises individual announcements from each resort detailing its Nintendo land, coming "soon."

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November 29, 2016 at 11:36 AM · This is great news! Though Mario is a sure bet, I'd love to see something themed to Zelda. It might just be as close as we can get to a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit type environment in theme parks. Since video games require players to actually play, and not just watch, it will be interesting to see how this works out. I'm imagining something along the lines of the various role playing games in WDW, but on a much grander scale.
November 29, 2016 at 3:40 PM · Can't let this moment from Twitter go without adding it to the page here:

November 29, 2016 at 4:02 PM · Nice video, but they are not giving anything away. Mostly praise and platitudes. If anyone don't want screen based rides, your worry won't go away. Video games are all about screens. I hope at least the screen resolution will go beyond 8K. The technology should be available by then.
November 29, 2016 at 5:41 PM · This essentially confirms what has been speculated for a year and creates many more questions that have yet to be answered. I'm very curious to see what the end result of this land will be, particularly since Nintendo is such a broad IP that there are many different directions Universal could opt to go with it. Hopefully it doesn't take another year before more details are announced.
November 29, 2016 at 5:54 PM · Would LOVE to see a shooter ride like MIB/TSMM themed to Duck Hunt. Very unlikely, I'm sure, but if we're brainstorming...
November 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM · Like I said. Icing on the cake with light on details. Ha, Take for a metaphor.
I excepted a lot of leaks and rumors from the usually suspects to keep the flames going right up to Universal officially details rides with one massive concept art.

November 29, 2016 at 9:50 PM · When I heard this I fully expected a Mushroom Kingdom land with Harry Potter level theming and integration. Though if they really, really want to get full in, a second Pokemon theme land would make sense.

Don't know if I want a generic Nintendo land, because Mario and Zelda (and Metroid haha yeah now say they'd add that substantially...) don't mesh together too well, and I want the next Harry Potter level theming.

November 30, 2016 at 4:39 AM · an announcement re-stating what was already said a year ago ... meh
November 30, 2016 at 9:45 AM · THIS will get me to finally experience Universal....an IP that I actually enjoy and look forward to experiencing. Who doesn't love Mario??? Seriously!?
November 30, 2016 at 5:20 PM · The news here is confirming that the lands will come to the three resorts. Universal hadn't been clear about that before, and there was some doubt in the community whether USH would be included in this, due to the space issues in the park.

The second interesting element is the studio setting for the announcement video. Typically, Universal uses a mock-up of part of the future attraction for these things, so we do have some visual clues now of elements that will be included in the Nintendo lands and attractions.

November 30, 2016 at 5:33 PM · Disney started construction of Star Wars Land at both resorts almost a year ago, and they announced it after Universal announced their deal with Nintendo. So this video is just serves as a reminder Nintendo is coming to Universal, despite the fact that they haven't started any construction over a year after the announcement. To give Universal credit, they tend to take less time with construction, so I bet the opening dates won't be too far apart, and Universal may still get Nintendo done first.

But with Avatar, Toy Story and Star Wars, I'd say Disney has more in new in store than what Universal has, at least that we know of. Volcano Bay looks amazing, and Nintendo at Universal sounds promising. I hope Universal does as good if not better job with Nintendo than it did with Potter. But right now I think Disney has the upper-hand with upcoming projects. Disney U.S.A. has one new land opening next year, and two more lands under construction, one of them at both resorts. The only thing Universal has that is opening soon is... Jimmy Fallon, in a ride that sounds like Super Star Limo 2.

December 1, 2016 at 5:13 PM · What I think would be interesting is if Universal has Nintendo take over their Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands Of Adventure, thus removing all Marvel themed items from their theme parks and then Disney could in turn build Marvel attractions at their Orlando parks since I would assume at that point the Marvel contract with Universal would then cease.
December 1, 2016 at 6:42 PM · What I imagine for Nintendo land is a bunch of Toy Story Mania like rides. Not that, that is a bad thing.

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