BREAKING: News About the Nintendo and Universal Partnership

November 29, 2016
Nintendo comes to Universal theme parks around the globe.

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Last year, I let you know about a new partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo. Today, I am going to update you on this historic collaboration – and share a glimpse at the creative vision behind it.

Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world.

You’ll enter an entire realm filled with iconic Nintendo excitement, gameplay, heroes and villains. And it’s coming to three Universal theme parks around the globe.

  • Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They’ll be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.
  • You’ll feel as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life.
  • There will be something for everyone—regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
  • Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway; they will open separately over the next several years.


Shigeru Miyamoto, of Nintendo, and Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, recently sat down to talk about the two teams working together. Along with reviewing potential designs for the land, they also discussed what fans can look forward to experiencing as these exciting plans come to life.

The goal of everyone on this project is clear: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special.

All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.

Each Universal theme park will announce details of its specific Nintendo areas. The first such announcement will come soon.

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  • Reply Kerri November 29, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Someone please tell me – a 30something year old woman with children – why I got emotional reading this article and watching the video, hearing the Mario Bros. theme music? I think I will be more excited than my children when this opens up in Orlando! I will definitely have to fly down to pay a visit. I won’t be able to contain my frenzied excitement; so my husband and kids may be embarrassed. No… they will be embarrassed. Sorry in advanced, guys.

  • Reply Ricky November 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    O!M!G! Is like a dream from like FOREVER that is certainly going to happen! Mid 30s here… and I just freaking out myself like the first time I ever played Nintendo! The first thing did: wrote a txt to my wife????as she to me simultaneously. I guess, since now USA Universal Theme Parks has been confirmed for this arrangements, is why everyone is feeling it! Prior they spoke only for Universal Japan.

  • Reply Ryan November 29, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Please don’t screw this up Universal.
    This is a huge opportunity to completely outdo Disney.
    With franchises world known, even more so then anything you’ve had at your parks before.
    We’re all hoping for the same amount of detail and theming the Wizarding World had, but with the likes of Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, Metroid, etc.
    Please don’t screw this up Universal. This is too important to screw up. ;__;

  • Reply Gizmo November 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    This plus Harry Potter? I’m going to die

  • Reply Kevin November 29, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Frankly I’m surprised Disney didn’t do this given their Nintendo game list

  • Reply Mark November 29, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    This is a dream come true for any child of the 80’s or 90’s. Tons of built in nostalgia. I’m definitely taking my kids.

  • Reply Matthew Godfrey November 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Interesting, My question is where will it be built as space is a premium commodity. As an Engineer and theme park junkie. If you build it they will come sign me up either to help you build it or as a first day attendee.

  • Reply Catie January 23, 2017 at 7:45 am

    They better have a fire emblem themed thing somewhere -.- Nintendo isn’t just Mario, non-true-nintendo-fans

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