As a kid, did you ever want to bring Mario and those little Koopa Troopas out of the game? Did you ever feel like climbing on their heads yourself? Your fantasies might just come true. Nintendo is planning to build a Super Mario Theme Park worth £250m in Japan.
Can you guess where this Nintendo’s theme park is going to be set in? It’s none other than Universal Studios, Tokyo. The film studio will reportedly spend £250 million to build the Super Mario themed park which will include almost all the characters from the Nintendo franchise: Mario, Zelda, Luigi, Donkey Kong and more. When the Super Mario theme park was announced, Universal Studios and Nintendo had said, “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. The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games.”
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo President, had also commented on the company’s Super Mario theme park. He said, “This will allow us to build a bridge between smart devices and gaming consoles. It doesn’t mean smart devices will eat away at gaming consoles, it will create an entirely new type of demand.” If the reports are to be believed, Nintendo’s park will be ready by 2020, right before the Olympics start in Tokyo. As a massive crowd will already be in the city for the Olympics, it won’t be difficult for Universal Studios and Nintendo to pull them into the park. If not all, the majority of amount spent on building the park will be recovered almost immediately after the launch, all thanks to the Olympics. Even if we keep the expenses and recovery of expenses aside, Super Mario fans are surely going to jump in the Universal Studios to see their favorite characters come to life.
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