Pretty soon, you’ll be able to live life just like Mario, the world’s most adventurous plumber. Indeed, the partnership between Nintendo and Universal Studios is really happening, and today the two companies unveiled a video in which they teased details about what’s to come for parkgoers. The idea is that Universal Studios can bring its immersive, interactive quality of its theme parks to the Nintendo IP, so that fans can step into the world of Super Mario Bros. or Donkey Kong. “We’re going to be able to create an entire Nintendo world, and as we continue to develop it, that world became more immersive, and more involved, and more colorful, and more exciting, and more interactive,” teased Universal Creative Mark Woodbury.
As it’s still fairly early in the process, we don’t yet have details on the specific attractions or characters that will be involved, but if it’s anything like Universal has cooked up over at Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, fans are in store for something really, really neat.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure already houses multiple themed “islands” such as Marvel Island, Jurassic Park, and Dr. Seuss Land, but it really broke out in a big way with the arrival of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There, Universal created a fully immersive version of Hogsmeade from Harry Potter, complete with a diverse array of attractions. It was so popular that they built a Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood, and fairly recently opened up an expansion in Universal Studios Orlando called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, which brings to life the London-set avenue of shops, dark alleys, and of course Gringotts.
The skill and precision with which the Wizarding World came to life makes me mighty excited to see what Universal will put together for Nintendo World. And in terms of attractions, they’ve been at the forefront of mixing 3D technology with fully immersive rides, as with the Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride that just opened at Universal Studios Orlando this summer. One imagines the possibilities with regards to the Nintendo properties are endless, so the first step of course is zeroing in on which characters and worlds to bring to life.
What do you think, folks? Which Nintendo characters or worlds do you most want to see brought to life?