If we weren’t already excited enough about Super Nintendo World, there is some rumors flying around that Nintendo could be expanding over both Universal parks.
Sources have told a Orlando news channel that Universal are planning to eventually add more Nintendo rides and attractions to Islands of Adventure AND to the recently purchased 500 acres of land..
Up until now we have only expected Nintendo to appear at Universal Studios – taking the place of KidZone and building permits released on Tuesday include a 8.8 acre Super Mario Land in that spot with Donkey Kong and Mario attractions anticipated. There is also speculation that this could be part of a bigger picture and that there is an idea for a possible film project with Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Despicable Me to maybe make a Super Mario Bros CG Movie.
The above image is what we are expecting from Super Nintendo World in Japan which is expected to open in 2020 with the Orlando one opening shortly after.
“You’ll feel as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life.”
There is so much that Nintendo has to offer such as Zelda, Animal Crossing, Pokemon etc that extra land for Super Nintendo World could be filled easily. Would you want to see it expanded over 2.. possibly 3 parks?
Yesterday Nintendo and Universal held a joint special event to chat a little bit about Super Nintendo World coming to Universal parks in the future, the first being Osaka Japan in 2020.
Although rumours and wish lists have been rife with suggestions for main attractions nothing had been confirmed until now….. a real life Mario Kart will be the main attraction at Super Nintendo World and will feature the
“world’s most advanced technology.”
Nintendo and Universal also revealed this video rendering of how they see the park
Assuming this is slightly accurate it looks like Super Nintendo World is going to be a lot of fun! Similar to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, it appears that the iconic green tube will grant you access to the immersive World acting as a passage way from “normal” in to the Mushroom Kingdom.
The video also suggest that Mario will great visitors and if the rendering is to be believed the land will look like you’re inside a video game! It also gives the impressive of a multi level environment.
The next shot shows a pair of giant Piranha Plants guarding King Koopa’s castle. We’re thinking that perhaps the Plants will be animatronic similar to raptor experience at Universal’s islands of Adventure. The amount of photo opportunities is going to keep Instagram pretty busy 🙂
The end sequence of the video seems to suggest a sprawling World covering quite a few acres. No official word yet when Orlando will get its own Super Nintendo World but its definitely coming.
‘Tis the season to be jolly and Universal are definitely in the mood to give. Yesterday they dropped some imagery of Super Nintendo World set to open at Universal Studios Japan in 2020 just in time for the Tokyo Olympics.
Here’s what Universal had to say;
Super Nintendo World will be comprised of expansive and multilevel environments filled with unprecedented, state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops and restaurants, all featuring Nintendo’s most popular characters and games.
Universal are definitely committed to providing something amazing and stated;
Development cost at Universal Studios Japan is currently expected to exceed 50 billion Yen. Super Nintendo World will be developed mainly using the park’s current parking area and part of an area designated for future expansion. Katsuhiro Miyamoto, Professor Emeritus of Kansai University estimates that Universal Studios Japan — after opening Super Nintendo World — will bring economic benefits following its opening of approximately 6.2 trillion Yen for the Kansai region, 11.7 trillion Yen for Japan as a whole, and will create approximately 1.1 million jobs in Japan within a decade after opening. Universal Studios Japan will introduce the wonder of the world-class, Japan-based entertainment brand of Nintendo not only to Japan but to the world.
Although no further details about what we can expect were given the art work does tell a story. The main part being how prominent Mario is, we’re thinking that perhaps other titles such as Zelda and Final Fantasy wont feature at all!?
Just as promised you’ll note colourful, multi-levels that seem to be prime for interactive areas also some character meet and great opportunities (Princess Peach). Obviously it doesn’t mean that Universal Orlando’s Nintendo World will look anything like this and recent patents suggest rides based on Mario Kart and Donkey Kong games. One appears to be a drifting car racing attraction that can be used as a Mario Kart themed attraction and the other is a patent for coaster car technology that can potentially simulate runaway mine cars or more.