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Posted: November 29, 2016

Nintendo-themed areas coming to Universal Parks

Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario, speaks on stage during an event. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario, speaks on stage during an event. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

By WFTV.com

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Mario and friends will become a part of Universal's theme parks. 

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The creative visionaries behind Nintendo's legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal's blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal is to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special.

All of the adventure, fun and whimsy that gamers experience through a screen will now be all available in real life: Guests are to feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games.

The Nintendo-themed areas are planned to be constructed at Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. They will be highly themed and authentic environments that are immersive, interactive and filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.

Plans include something for everyone, regardless of age or gaming experience level.

Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway. They will open separately over the next several years.

The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo -- two icons of the entertainment world. Universal theme parks create incredibly popular family entertainment experiences for millions of people based on compelling characters, stories and innovative technology. Nintendo creates imaginative games filled with captivating stories and beloved characters.


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