Update: During the time of this article we reported that the attraction would be built in the city of Tokyo. This was not the case, and we’ve updated the article. We apologize to our readers if there’s been any confusion.
Just a little over a year ago, Nintendo announced that they were working with Universal Studios in developing theme park attractions. This week, we now know that the upcoming attraction will open to business before the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
In accordance to Nintendo Life, the theme park is said to be built within the city of Osaka at Universal Studios Japan. Investments from Universal Studios Japan on the supposed Mario themed area are also said to be up to $500 million. In accordance to Nintendo Everything, this far exceeds that of the Harry Potter attraction located in the Tokyo theme park.
In addition to a Mario themed area, Universal Studios has also hinted that other IP’s are currently being discussed. While there is still little to no information on what these attractions will be, more details are expected to be revealed later this year.
This isn’t the first time that Nintendo has worked on licensing their brands for theme park attractions. Back in 2005, Nintendo opened up a temporary Pokémon theme park called PokéPark. The park featured twelve main attractions and exceeded 4 million visitors during the time of its opening.
Though despite the park’s success, Nintendo never did end up releasing a successor to PokéPark, nor did they ever create one for the West. No doubt though with the amount of money that is being invested in this project (and the recent success of Pokémon GO), a Pikachu themed roller coaster in Florida wouldn’t be completely out of the question.
What are your thoughts on this theme park? Would a Nintendo theme park be something you would like to see here in your country? Are there any rides you would like to see themed under a particular title? Would a Kirby ‘all you can eat buffet’ be something worth checking out? Let us know what you think in the comments below!