Nintendo has signed a deal with Universal Studios, allowing characters and worlds from Nintendo to appear in Universal theme parks.
This announcement comes on the same day as the news that Nintendo had recorded its first annual profit in 4 years. It seems Nintendo are determined to ride this new wave of financial success.
No concrete details have yet been released on how these Nintendo themed attractions will shape up, other than that they’re going to be “immersive experiences”. This means that no firm dates are ready to be shared today, but it’s clear that Nintendo is making good on its promise to expand its character franchises (something boss Satoru Iwata promised early last year).
The press release states that, “Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks – creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds,”
“The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership for Nintendo as it expands the reach and popularity of its characters and intellectual property.”
“Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways – only at Universal theme parks.”
It’s difficult not to get excited when you imagine speeding through a real life Mario Kart, a King of Red Lions water slide, or even a Rainbow Road themed roller coaster.
A Rainbow Road themed rollercoaster…
Take a gander at this “Rainbow Road (1992 to 2014) Generations” video below (brought to us by GreenKokiri54) and try your best to contain your excitement.