Today, December 12th, 2016, Universal Studios of Japan gave us first official details on the upcoming “Nintendo” section of the park. While the details released are only for Japan, the Orlando and Hollywood Universal parks will also be getting Nintendo themed attractions at a later time. Some of the information given applies to only the Japan park, and other information applies to all 3 of them.
Firstly, the official name of the Nintendo section of the parks will be; “Super Nintendo World”. This implies that the area will be quite large, given “World” in the title.
Super Nintendo World will be opening up in Japan come 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics. Orlando’s and Hollywood’s parks will be opening at an unannounced date, likely later then 2020.
More then 50 billion Yen, or 433 Million USD will be spent in development at Universal Studios Japan to open up Nintendo world. Over 1 million jobs will be given to help create the park.
Attraction wise, the park will be receiving Nintendo themed stores, restaurants and rides, including; “state-of-the-art rides and interactive areas,”. The Mario franchise is the only confirmed Nintendo IP to be apart of Super Nintendo World, however Universal did state that characters from other Nintendo games will make appearances. The Legend of Zelda would be a likely candidate.
A conceptual render of the park was also released publicly, giving us a good idea at what to expect.
For full details from the official Universal of Japan website, visit: http://www.usj.co.jp/company/company_e/2016/1212.html
A few patents were filed recently by Universal, suggesting a possible Mario Kart attraction, as well as a Donkey Kong Mine Cart ride. No official comments have been made as of yet, and these patents could potentially go unused.
What attractions are you hoping to see at Super Nintendo World? Will you be heading to Japan to be one of the first to visit a Nintendo theme park, or will you be waiting for the Orlando/Hollywood opening? Or perhaps you plan on not going at all?
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