Remember last year when word started springing about on the web (like a mustachioed plumber in his girlfriend's front garden) about Nintendo and Universal Studios teaming up to create a Nintendo-specific theme park? Well, it's happening!
Contained within Japan's own Universal Studios theme park, Nintendo's site will be costing them roughly in the region of ¥40 billion (US$351 million), and, according to the theme park's diagram below, will command quite the sizeable chunk of the event space:
As reported by Sankei News, and translated by Kotaku Australia, the deal's size is said to be akin to that of the deal struck up to create 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios Florida, and is looking to be completed come Friday.
Okay so that sounds good and all that, but what kind of attractions and sights will we be expecting to be blown away by come opening day? Well don't expect a fully fledged, all-Nintendo experience, because they're still hanging out on Universal's turf.
Instead, according to a press release from last year, “the immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games.”
So instead of seeing wholeheartedly Nintendo attractions, The Big N's characters will be used to embellish the magical sights already present at Universal Studios Japan.
Nintendo and Universal plan to have the Nintenzone opened in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, which is some coincidence, I tell you. And also, as long as there's some kind of holographic, super awesome Mario Kart attraction on display, I think they might just pull off the coolest park ever.