Japan’s Getting A $350 Million Mario Theme Park Attraction....



"The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan might feel a long way off – and, well, they are – but by the time the event starts, another of the country’s major cities (Osaka) will be hosting a dedicated Super Mario attraction inside Universal Studios Japan (USJ).

Confirmation of the Nintendo Mario area (it’s really, really tempting to refer to it as Mario World, but there’s no indication of the name just yet) came from Japanese publication Sankei, which reports that the project will cost Universal Studios just over $350 million (around 400 billion yen) by the time its completed some time before 2020. It’s currently slated to take a prime spot just to the left of the entrance of the park."


Rough translation....

USJ, 400 å„„ new attraction of the Nintendo Mario is on the left side front gate

 "It is scheduled to be installed on the left side just a place on the front gate, to assume the area that are currently used, such as in the event space. Although little land that can be extended to USJ, to secure a space in that transfer of the area that you are using, such as in the waiting room of the office and the employee which is adjacent to the event space is also to consider."

 "USJ November last year, was acquired by the US media giant Comcast. In the new Chief Executive Officer Jean Mr. Louis Bonnier, who took office in (CEO) in February conference, he had shown a positive attitude to the large-scale investment to USJ."


Wasn't there also talk of them doing the same at Universal Studios in Orlando? Or was it always just Japan?
Nintendo partners with Universal Parks & Resorts to create world's first-ever theme park attractions based on Nintendo's beloved games and characters
"Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks – creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds.

The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership for Nintendo as it expands the reach and popularity of its characters and intellectual property.

Universal theme parks offer incredibly popular, innovative themed family entertainment experiences based on compelling stories and characters – using powerful storytelling and innovative technology. Nintendo has created remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters. Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways – only at Universal theme parks.

The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games. More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts."


Not sure, but I think they will be doing this outside of Japan as well....


Metroid and Irish Enthusiast
Supposedly I had heard about a Nintendo theme park being built. Did not know it was focused soley on Mario though. Legend of Zelda or Metroid would have had better potential for rollercoaster or rides in general ideas in my opinion. Best I can expect from this would be rides or areas utilizing pipe transportation.

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