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Universal Theme Parks' Next Big Addition: Nintendo

Universal's theme parks in Orlando, Osaka and Los Angeles are getting Nintendo-themed attractions.
Posted at 8:08 PM, Nov 29, 2016

Universal's theme parks are annexing a slice of the Mushroom Kingdom.

"We're always looking for the next great idea, the next great place to take people. And Nintendo fit the bill," Universal's Mark Woodbury said.

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Over a year after Nintendo first announced it was partnering with Universal Parks and Resorts, the two companies have released a teaser outlining their plans for Nintendo-based theme park attractions.

The video is light on specifics, though the amount of Mario-related paraphernalia scattered in the background suggests the attractions will be leaning heavily on the iconic plumber.

That's cool and all — it wouldn't be a Nintendo attraction without Mario — but it'd be nice if Universal also made room for some of Nintendo's less-recognizable heroes. A "Star Fox"-based sci-fi ride or a bucolic "Animal Crossing" scene could give visitors a nice break from all the mushrooms.

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The new Nintendo-themed areas are supposed to start rolling out at Universal's parks in Orlando, Los Angeles and Osaka over the next few years.