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Nintendo coming to Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood

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Kevin Kolczynski/Universal Orlando Resort

Fire up those Mario Karts! Nintendo is coming to Universal Studios theme parks in America.

As announced in a video (above) on Tuesday morning by Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, the Super Mario-themed attractions that are currently being developed for Universal Studios Osaka will also be expanding to Orlando and Hollywood parks. This is a part of the partnership that was formed between Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts.

“We’re always looking for the next great idea, the next great place to take people. And Nintendo fit the bill,” explains Woodbury of the “more immersive” and “more involved” attractions fans can expect — including “highly themed” environments filled with attractions, shops, and restaurants. The overall aim of the project is to let Mario fans feel as if they’re playing inside the games in real life.

“We are constantly amazed at how the park developers are bringing the essence of our games to life in the real world,” says Miyamoto of the process of translating the beloved Mario universe into a physical space. “Together we are building it with an eye for what guests will actually experience… Mario will feel like he really came home!”

The planning and creative work for the attractions are currently underway, with the aim to open separately over the next several years. Each park will announce the details of its own Nintendo area.

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