Mario and Nintendo at Universal Parks around the World

Mario’s coming to Universal! And Luigi, and Princess Peach, and… who knows how many more as Nintendo at Universal Parks opens around the world.  In 2015, we first learned Nintendo partnered with Universal Parks & Resorts to create the world’s first-ever theme park attractions based on Nintendo’s games and characters.  However, we haven’t heard much more since the original announcement.  Well… we still don’t know a whole lot more other than there will be Nintendo at Universal Parks in Osaka, Japan; Orlando, Florida; and Hollywood, California.  Based on what Universal created for Harry Potter in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, I can’t wait to see what the create folks dream up for Nintendo at Universal.  Continue reading for more details in the press release below.

Nintendo at Universal Parks

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario © 2016 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

From Universal Parks and Nintendo

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

The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions.  Their goal: 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.

  • Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive.  They will be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.
  • Guests will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games – this time 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.

The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo – two icons of the entertainment world.  Universal theme parks create incredibly popular family entertainment experiences for millions of people based on compelling characters, stories and innovative technology.  Nintendo creates remarkable and imaginative games filled with captivating stories and beloved characters.

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

We’ll continue to update this post as more information about Nintendo World at Universal Parks as it becomes available.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.