With the rising trend in VR gaming, players are getting a taste of what it could be like to enter the worlds in several of their favorite titles. However, Nintendo and Universal Theme Parks & Resorts now seem to want to take that type of immersive experience to another level.
Last year Nintendo announced a partnership with Universal Theme Parks & Resorts, and yesterday morning, the gaming company outlined its plans to bring their own gaming-themed areas to three of the existing Universal theme parks (Osaka, Orlando, and Hollywood).
According to the announcement, these areas are said to be “expansive, immersive and interactive”, and will allow guests to “feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games”, but in real life.
In Nintendo’s video announcement for the attractions, famed game designer Shigeru Miyamoto states, “We are working very hard to create attractions that can be equally enjoyable to anybody regardless of age.” Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, can also be seen in the video saying, “We’re always looking for the next great idea, and the next great place to take people, and Nintendo fit the bill”.
The work on these themed areas is said to be “well underway”, and details on each of them will be shared “soon”, says Miyamoto. The themed areas are slated to open individually over the next several years.
Imagine walking around Luigi’s Mansion, equipped with your own portable ghost vacuum on your back, and defeating seemingly real ghosts as they pop out of nowhere and into the field of your vision as you peer through AR goggles! Or what about firing plasma blasts at one of Super Metroid’s Gerutas? Or even my personal favorite; traversing the world of Hyrule while you search for a way to defeat Ganondorf? All of these are wishful thinking right now, of course, as no details have been made public as to what types of Nintendo-themed attractions will be available. However, we would venture a guess that there are a LOT of people out there who will be chomping at the bit to attend these parks.
What would you like to see at these attractions, dear readers? Let us know your Nintendo theme park wish list in the comments!