UPDATE: Universal Studios has made an official announcement, which you can read here. Little else is revealed, but more info is promised in the future.
The Tokyo branch of the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nintendo is in talks with Universal Studios for a possible theme park area dedicated to the video game company’s characters. The plan is for a new area to be opened in existing Universal Studios parks, such as Universal Orlando, Universal Hollywood, and Islands of Adventure, though none are currently confirmed as targets. The area would seemingly function like the recently opened Harry Potter sections, only themed around Nintendo this time. Properties that have already been mentioned include Mario and Pokemon, but the many possibilities are obvious with the Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and tons of other Nintendo properties being ripe for the picking.
This information came from an earnings call this morning that reported overall brighter prospects for the hundred year old company. Nintendo has had some rough times as of late, but Amiibo and other ventures are lifting them out quite well. The theme park initiative is another aspect of Nintendo’s plan to leverage their characters in non-video game ways. Amiibo was anotehr part of this and has seen massive success, with sold out stores and dedicated fans trying to secure pre-orders.
While Nintendo might be making mistakes in some arenas, the plan to utilize their characters in new and interesting ways has been a huge success overall. Having a theme park area inside of Universal Studios would most likely be a huge draw for fans, and would solidify Nintendo’s characters in the minds of vacationers from around the world.
Does the idea of a Nintendo theme park area excite you? What would be your favorite part? Any great ride ideas? Let us know in the comments.