There are a lot of franchises out there that have gotten the theme-park treatment, though rarely, if ever, are those franchises of the video game variety. Even so, I would often think of how well-suited Nintendo would be for its very own land in a theme park. And what do you know, it’s actually happening! Hopefully this isn’t old news for a lot of you, but considering I’m an avid follower of news relating to some of the world’s most popular theme parks (Disney and Universal Studios), and I didn’t learn about this until recently, surely this will be of interest to others out there. So let’s great straight to it. Universal Studios in California, Florida, and Japan are getting their own Nintendo-themed land!
Video by Youtube User: GameTrailers
As you might expect, this land, aptly called Super Nintendo World, looks from the artwork as if it will be mostly Mario-themed, including Peach’s Castle, Bowser’s Castle, and actual characters that will be present in the park (Peach and Toad were present in the artwork I found). One of the main attractions planned for this new land will be Mario Kart-themed, which seems as if it might combine virtual reality with an actual track, to my understanding, and will include the ability to earn points.
Now, if you’re like me and are a bigger fan of Nintendo’s other franchises, well…at this time, it doesn’t appear other games will be receiving too much attention. I did read that other Nintendo characters will be present, though to what extent, I do not yet know. All I can say is that, according to a web site called Park Scope, there is supposed to also be a Donkey Kong land, which will include a mine cart-themed roller coaster, complete with animatronics! Now that sounds pretty cool. I just hope this will be the Donkey Kong we knew from the Rareware days (complete with Kremlings, oh, pretty please!). Though I rather doubt it. At the very least, I hope Dixie Kong gets an appearance because I already know Diddy will be there!
In addition to the happy inclusion of Donkey Kong land, Park Scope was home to some rather unfortunate news, as well. There were originally plans for a land based around The Legend of Zelda…but I hear it’s been cut. (So has the Kirby-themed kid area, too. I’m not as sad about that one, but I’d be willing to bet this would have been pretty adorable.) Now it’s possible these cuts were simply due to time or budget constraints, and we might see these lands in the future. Maybe not. All I know is that I’d love it if the Zelda concept were to return one day, and I’d also be thrilled if they ever thought to include the Metroid series into Super Nintendo World. A duck can dream.
Other details speak of Nintendo-themed shops and restaurants, as you might imagine, including “interactive” elements, though what this means, I don’t yet know. Even though I am disappointed that The Legend of Zelda series may not be represented like many of us would have hoped, getting to one day visit a Nintendo-themed land at Universal Studios sounds pretty amazing, nonetheless. Super Nintendo World isn’t likely to be completed until 2020, but let me tell you, once it does open, I’ll have more motivation than ever to visit Universal Studios for the very first time. I’ve still yet to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, after all, so I have a lot to catch up on.
Don’t think I’ve forgotten about you, dear readers. Are you excited for Super Nintendo World? Do you think Nintendo is well-suited for a theme park? And what characters/games would you like to see most in this new land? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments!
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