It looks like Mario is a huge fan of theme parks. We already knew that Nintendo-themed rides were going to be featured at Universal Japan but, thanks to some new information, it sounds like the mustachioed plumber and his colorful cast of pals will be paying a visit to Universal Orlando and Hollywood, too.
Earlier this year, we got word that an entire section of Universal Japan would be themed after Nintendo properties, such as Super Mario Bros. For the most part, the only real information we had outside of the fact that the partnership exists was a rough map showing what part of the Japanese theme park would be converted into Nintendo metropolis.
Over on the Nintendo Youtube page, though, they've made it clear that the Nintendo theme park attractions will be venturing beyond that single location, with a pair of Universal parks in the U.S. set to house the rides, shops, games, etc.
The video is called "The Vision for Nintendo at Universal Theme Parks" and, in it, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and Universal Creative's Mark Woodbury talk about the upcoming attractions. According to Miyamoto, it's a dream come true to finally have Mario and his pals in the real world, something he said has been a long time coming.
In the video, Woodbury says that the team at Universal is always looking for the next great idea. Honestly, this seems like a "great idea" that has been left on the table for far too long. A Nintendo-themed section in a park makes a heck of a lot of sense and, for whatever reason, nobody has tried it up to this point. But with household names like Zelda, Metroid, Pokemon and more to pull from, it seems like building this kind of theme park attraction should be a no-brainer.
Later in the video, Miyamoto says that the team at Nintendo is constantly amazed at how the game worlds are being brought into the real world. After that, Woodbury makes the big announcement, stating that the team can't wait to bring the Nintendo experience to "all three of their parks," including Japan, Orlando, and Hollywood. That's fantastic news for Nintendo fans here in the States, as it means you won't need to buy a ticket to Japan just to see how the whole thing turns out.
So now that we know that Mario and his pals are coming to three theme parks, what creative ride/game combinations would you like to see included? Share your ideas in the comments below.