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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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.
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.
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.
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