Recently, Nintendo announced that they will be partnering with Universal Studios in an effort to create their own portion of the park. It seems that most of the park will consist of Mario-themed set pieces, but they have stated that they will also incorporate other popular Nintendo characters. Possibilities are seemingly endless here, and as a fan, I can only hope that the park turns out to be what everyone hopes it to be.
Nintendo also released a statement that Super Nintendo World of Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan will be finished in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and they still plan to bring Super Nintendo World to both parks in the United States. No confirmation has been made about whether the stateside parks will be finished by 2020, but it is to be expected that we will have to wait a little bit longer.
What Can We Expect?
In a tweet made early this morning, Nintendo posted a teaser showing their vision of the park:
Here we can see Peach’s castle, Bowser’s castle, a Mushroom House, and what seems to be a warp pipe that leads to a ride. It’s very interesting to see what Nintendo has in mind for the park’s layout. There are tons of cool ideas that they could incorporate for props, shops, and rides alike, so I truly hope they take full advantage of their properties.
It’s fun to speculate about which franchises Nintendo will end up using in order to spice up their theme park; will it have our favorite characters from The Legend of Zelda? Maybe they will show some love to Metroid, or some other forgotten franchise? Many fans around the world are very excited to see what Nintendo does with the park, and I know that I can’t wait to visit it.
It has been estimated that Super Nintendo World will use approximately $433 million dollars to complete the project, and Shigeru Miyamoto and Mark Woodbury are working together to make the most authentic Nintendo experience possible. I hope fans around the world are as excited as I am that Super Nintendo World will be opening up, albeit not soon, but at all. It’s like a dream come true.