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Nintendo inks theme park deal with Universal Studios

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Nintendo has announced it has signed a deal to bring its games and characters to Universal Studios theme parks.

You’ll soon see Nintendo characters having their own rides at Universal Studios, thanks to a freshly signed deal.

“The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games,” said an official statement.

This isn’t an exclusive Nintendo theme park by any stretch, but rather Universal Studios will create “spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds”.

That basically means you’re going to start seeing Nintendo-themed attractions within existing Universal Studios theme parks.

This is something we’ve been dreaming of for a long time. Back in 2010, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said:

“Countless times, the idea of a theme park has been debated and discussed, and there have been rumours in various forms. But at the moment, no concrete plans.”

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Universal Studios Japan already has plenty of experience bringing video game worlds to theme park attractions as it already has temporary Monster Hunter and Resident Evil attractions thanks to a partnership with Capcom.

“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.”

“More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts,” added today’s release.

Universal Studios theme parks currently operate in Los Angeles, Orlando Florida, Osaka in Japan, Paris and Singapore. New parks are currently being built in Moscow and Beijing too.

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