What to expect from Super Nintendo World

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Due to the recent news that Super Nintendo Worlds at Universal Japan and Hollywood are now under construction, an image recently posted by Ladbible has intrigued us here at OAT. Even though the below image looks like a Disney map with stuff added on and the fact it doesn’t have the right logo or name that Universal have released for the Japan version we’ve taken some inspiration from it..

We’re pretty certain that there will be a Mario Kart and Donkey Kong attraction and a little bit confident that there will be a Pac-Man attraction. We have also thought about what other IP would be available such as Animal Crossing, Pokemon and Zelda but the image has nodded toward a Mii Plaza and a lot more attractions based on Super Mario such as a Mushroom Kingdom, Luigi Mansion and a Toad ride – all of which are cool ideas but not yet confirmed.

Universals own words about the 3 worlds coming to Japan, Hollywood and Orlando show that this is a huge project.

  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They’ll be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.
  • You’ll feel as if you’re playing inside your favourite games – in real life.
  • There will be something for everyone—regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
  • Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway; they will open separately over the next several years.

The goal of everyone on this project is clear: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special. All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.

Dan Kilne, when speaking with The Motley Fool raised the same point that has been going around for a few months now about where the Orlando Nintendo world will go.

Right now, at the Universal Studios location in Japan, they’re actually already under construction on what’s called Nintendo Land. It’s a handful of rides. They’ve been very secretive. We know there’ll be a Mario Kart ride. Think of it like the Star Wars expansion at Disney, a very immersive land, a big deal. In Orlando, they’ve said, “We are going to build out Nintendo properties.” But they’ve been very cagey about where. The rumors had always been at the original Universal Studios. There’s a kids’ area that’s a little bit lifeless, it would make sense. But then, about a month ago, it became public that Universal Studios is building a fourth gate, another theme park, and they’ve amassed a big chunk of land to do that. So, it’s very logical to think that Nintendo is going to be the cornerstone, the Harry Potter, of this new theme park. And maybe there’ll be something tying it to one of the other theme parks, like the train ties the two Harry Potter Worlds together to help sell multi-day tickets. This is a risk for Universal and a huge win for Nintendo, because they’re getting the licensing fee whether it’s an instant success or not.

I like the idea of another Hogwarts Express type ride to connect the new park too!

As always, we will keep you updated if Universal release any concrete info 🙂

Smiles Included,

Abby

Zelda rumoured to replace Lost Continent

Hey Thrill Seekers,

The latest word on the street in the world of Orlando theme parks surrounds the Legend of Zelda rumour and where it will go (if the rumour is true that is)

If a new Zelda themed attraction area is coming to Universal, where better for it to go than Lost Continent at Islands of Adventure? ‍♀️ It has no IP attached to it, no merchandise, restaurants or attractions relating to a specific IP so naturally it would be the first to go. It sounds like if this were to happen that the whole space between Suess’ Landing and Hogsmede would be Zelda themed.

The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad is closing on the 15th of this month but it doesn’t look as though Mythos Restuarant or Poseidon’s Fury are going to be closing any time soon.. so what sort of a time scale are we looking at? Now as we know the Nintendo land is confirmed, this will have to open first (our bets on it being in a new Universal park or even Universal Studios) so if they’re going to spread it around and Zelda is going to have its own land then it would have to be done after Nintendo AND the Jurassic World Roller coaster which is rumoured to be coming to IOA in 2020.

Now this is all still a big fat rumour as Universal have not yet confirmed any of this but it’s fun to try and guess what’s coming in the future of the theme parks in Orlando no? 😀

What do you think of this rumour?

Smiles Included,

Abby

Are Pac-Man Bumper Cars coming to Super Nintendo World??

Hey Thrill Seekers,

There have been tonnes of rumours that Super Nintendo World may not be coming to Universal Studios but instead maybe to one of the new Universal parks yet to be built.. This would also mean loads more room for rides and attractions!

Now we’ve already spoken about the rumours surrounding Donkey Kong and Mario Kart attractions and maybe even a Yoshi attraction as well as kids areas however some more speculation has been happening regarding the possibility of a Kirby themed attraction or a Pokemon dark ride but best of all it looks as though there might be a Pac-Man attraction making an appearance!

The above image and below video are for Nintendo World set to open in Japan in 2020 with the Orlando one opening shortly after.

In 2014 Universal filed a patent which was granted approval this year which shows a Pac-Man style ride vehicle which looks as though it will be used in a bumper car style attraction. It looks as though the floor would be self-illuminated and riders would be able to ride over images that will cause them to score points which can be tracked through a display module in the car. Once a rider drives over an image it will either disappear or change colour..

It also looks as though the ride vehicles will navigate through specific pathways that can actually change during a ride sequence depending on what images you ride over. This could cause you to freeze or be slowed down for some time. It also seems like riders will be able to affect other riders experience too by blocking other cars to gain more points.

The patent states the following:

 “the game vehicles may bump into one another or block the path of another vehicle to prevent certain game actions. Information about the vehicles movement relative to the floor, as well as the bumping and blocking activities may be provided to a game controller to assign scores for individual vehicles or a team of vehicles. For example, bumping into another vehicle may earn points for the initiator of the bumping. In another embodiment, the bumping may be unscored, but the bumping may prevent the opponent’s vehicle from increasing its own score. Images attached to the patent shows both a Pac-Man-like ride vehicle and a ghost-looking one with notes indicating that the two separate designs could signal opposing teams within the game.”

Now this may be sounding like quite a rough ride but Universal have explained that the ride vehicles may be programmed to not actually contact other cars or slow them down before impact and its sounds like all cars will be equipped with a steering wheel, brake and gas, pedals, a joystick, a display screen, one or more buttons etc.

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Call me a nerd but the floor sounds like one of the most interesting things about this attraction. Looking at the patent it could be either an LCD or LED display surface which is actually a very techy move by Universal. If you’re a nerd too you might remember that Disney had an idea about using this type of technology for Pandora to have interactive sidewalks that would react to footsteps – there must be a reason this wasn’t bought to life.. it could be that it was because it is set outside whereas it looks as though this Pac-Man style attraction for Universal will be inside.. hmmm..
For us brits, Bumper Cars are a key part of any fair and you can even find them inside most UK themeparks however this would be the first attraction of its kind in any major Orlando Theme park however as we always say.. most patents never actually come to life so we cannot guarantee this is going to be a thing however Nintendo World and Pac-Man fit together very well so it would be an awesome addition! What do you guys think?!

Check out some images from the patent here:

A rendering found within the patent that shows what the ride vehicles may look like. - IMAGE VIA UNITED STATES PATENT APPLICATION US20150360127

  • Image via United States Patent Application US20150360127

An image within the patent application that shows what an interactive floor may look like. Note the Pac-Man like cherry in the top maze. - IMAGE VIA UNITED STATES PATENT APPLICATION US20150360127

  • Image via United States Patent Application US20150360127

Smiles Included

Abby

New Universal Patents

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Over the weekend we have discovered that Universal City Studios – which is the sister patent-filing division of Universal Orlando Resort have some possible new patents which points toward some really cool things that could mould the future of Universals attractions.

The new patents seem to indicate a strong connection with the Nintendo and Marvel brands. Some even point towards water rides which would make sense seeing as Volcano Bay is due to open in the summer!

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It looks as though Universal have been busy bees when it comes to these new patents, they have filed 5 patents since October to November, all looking at different, unique ways to allow guests to have a better experience.. A lot of them are based around interactivity and how they could maybe base rides around the Mario Kart and Iron Man brands. Now I would LOVE to see a Mario Kart ride!! There is even some speculation that the music aspect of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster may be bought to a water ride at Volcano Bay!

I have taken a look into the 5 patents and what they could involve:

Drift Racers – This patent instantly points straight at Mario Kart. This looks like it would be a two-rider car based attraction with one passenger seated in-front of the other. Each passenger will have a different experience as the front driver would have a steering wheel and pedals which will control some aspects of the ride and the rear passenger will have an array of buttons to use throughout the ride that can affect the car they’re in and also impact other cars on the track. – Imagine attempting Rainbow Road in real life 😉

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Simulator ride – This one looks as though it would be an interactive experience and sort of points towards an Iron Man theme. It looks like it would require guests to get in to a ‘flying simulator’ on a moving track which will look like a suit (probably helmets, chest and arm pieces etc). The patent states examples such as flying through asteroid fields and fighting dragons that may cause sensations in the suit such as heat and vibrations from explosions and dragons. Now I know Iron Man doesn’t have a reputation for fighting off dragons but the images in the patent quite closely resemble Iron Man.

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Functional mat racer – This is one for the water rides. It looks as though it could be equipped with lights, a screen and audio! How hi-tech is that!! The patent suggests that the lights could be used for various reasons such as ‘to illuminate the riders’ path or light up the water beneath them to help set the environment they are in.’ The patent states that the mats could come with display and audio elements that could “show images of other riders in the ride experiencing a thrilling section further along in the ride while a speaker may play captured audio from those riders to build anticipation,” It also suggests that you may be able to save your preferred lighting and music choices to a ‘park identification bracelet.’

Slide entry system – This patent looks as a new entry in to a drop slide – my guess is that this will be effective in Volcano Bay. It looks absolutely terrifying but also pretty thrilling! The glass enclosure will slowly fill with water before the trap door opens. The patent states “Not only is this thrilling for the rider, but the image of the rider being enclosed in a fluid-filled space may also provide excitement to the observers” Now that would be one for true thrill seekers.

Boom coaster – This points towards a ‘arm’ and it’s ability to attach to a vehicle that looks as though it is on a track system (but is actually controlled by a separate arm) If this is confusing just picture yourself on a coaster with a element of the story being that your path has been destroyed or there’s a break in the track that you need to ‘jump’. “Because the passenger may believe that the simulated ride surface controls a path of the passenger vehicle, the passenger may fear or anticipate that the passenger vehicle may crash or otherwise incur damage as a result of the elevated gap” Many people have taken it upon themselves to say this looks like it could be a Donkey Kong themed ride using the mine cart idea’s. What do you think?

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Although these patents seem pretty well thought out, theme parks file patents on a regular basis and many are not acted upon straight away and some not acted upon at all. I thought it was worth having a nose into these ones though as they all seem pretty fitting due to the opening of Volcano Bay and the proposed Nintendo land.

We will definitely be keeping our eyes peeled.

Smiles Included..

Jess

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Universal Confirm Nintendo World For Orlando

Hey Thrill Seekers,

In July 2015 we confirmed that Universal had signed an exclusive agreement with computer giants Nintendo to bring their wealth of IP’s to theme park lovers.

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Today we received access to a video from Universal featuring Mark Woodbury, Universal Creative discussing the plans for a Nintendo World that will feature at Orlando, Hollywood and Japan. Accompanied by Shigeru Miyamoto from Nintendo we got the chance to hear a little about what they have planned without actually knowing any details.

Here’s the video;

Although there aren’t any real details included, this is what we took away from this small offering.

  • The use of the word World to describe the Nintendo area goes against the norm, usually they state land. The use of world gives it a feeling of being massive!
  • Immersive, Interactive and Involved  Were all words used by Mark to describe the experience they’re looking for. For me this brings back memories of the kind of buzz words they used for Diagon Alley which has interactive elements such as the wands.
  • We noted (as I’m sure you did) that Mario featured heavily in the video. I’ve watched it a few times and I can only see Mario characters.
  • No mention of opening dates or even when ground will be broken. I’m hearing rumours that Japan and Hollywood will get a Nintendo World first but the Orlando offering will be the biggest of the three. Could this be so that Universal can prepare the land they purchased recently.

UPDATED: Universal have also followed up with some written information that mirrors our own feels;

  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They’ll be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.
  • You’ll feel as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life.
  • There will be something for everyone—regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
  • Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway; they will open separately over the next several years.

This is the quote that stuck out to me;

The goal of everyone on this project is clear: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special.

All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.

 

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more?

Smiles included…

Jamie

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What We Could Expect From Universal’s New Nintendo Deal

Hey Thrill Seekers,

If you’re a fan of video games or even if you’ve just played a few you’ll probably be aware of Nintendo’s large catalog of characters, Sonic the Hedgehog, Zelda and the Mario Bros are just a few and Universal’s recent deal to create attractions around these impressive IP’s could well be a bit of a masterstroke especially when you take into consideration Disney’s recent purchase of popular intellectual property like Marvel (Spider-Man etc) and LucasFilms (Star Wars etc).

The deal is also good for Nintendo who’s Wii-U product hasn’t set the world alight as was expected. The use of their characters at the home of Harry Potter will definitely help raise their profile.

Although Universal and Nintendo have been quiet on what exactly we can expect it definitely hasn’t stopped us having a chat about what we’d like to see.

Sonic the Hedgehog Coaster

Goes without saying this would need to be the fastest roller coaster in the World! If you’re going to use Sonic you’ve got to be travelling at near sonic speeds. I’m thinking something similar to Stealth at Thorpe Park but faster…

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Mario Kart Racing

My kids love this computer game, its like formula one but with all your favourite Nintendo Characters. I picture it similar to Test Track at Disney’s Epcot, you make your vehicle and select your character and then proceed to race it against other visitors in a The Simpsons Ride style 34 enviroment. Imagine how competitive it would be?

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Legend of Zelda

One of Nintendo’s most popular and well known games, The Legend of Zelda centre’s around a boy called Link who ends up getting involved in adventures. I see this as being almost like a walk through Halloween Horror Nights type attraction without the scares. Mixed with puzzles and perhaps a final Forbidden Journey style ride.

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With so many characters the ideas are endless and I’m sure Universal and Nintendo have better ideas than me, but if they want to borrow any of them all I’ll require is a couple of free tickets. 🙂

We’ll keep you posted when Universal reveal more.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Nintendo Partners With Universal Orlando For New Theme Park Attractions

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Universal are just showing off now… yesterday they released details of Skull Islands: Reign of Kong to much excitement and anticipation.

Today they’ve dropped even more exciting news, Tom Schroder Head of PR at Universal confirmed that they’d entered into an agreement with Nintendo to  create spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds.

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Nintendo offer some classic IP featuring household names like the Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog and Zelda. The move brings together two powerhouses in storytelling and it will be extremely exciting to see what the combined creative forces of Universal and Nintendo can come up with.

Universal has often been pigeonholed as catering specifically for teenagers and older, perhaps this partnership is a conscious effort to look after the extremely lucrative 3-9 year old market that Disney currently dominates.

Tom hinted that Universal will look to create a dedicated land with unique attractions;

The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games.

More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts.

We’ll keep you posted.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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