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Nintendo partnering with Universal to make attractions.

Discussion in 'Universal Orlando' started by Sped2424, May 7, 2015.

  1. Sped2424

    Sped2424 Well-Known Member

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    "Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways – only at Universal theme parks.The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games. Details about the attractions were sparse in today's announcement, but more information will shared as the companies' creative teams "work to create specific concepts."

    Link to the article here

    If you wanna move this to the Universal thread please do, but I felt it was rather large news. Because I know if anything zelda comes about from this I am THERE. It's a shame too because with the success of wreck it ralph I was hoping something cool could come out of it attraction wise with some nintendo cameos.

    But knowing the current way management works (gotta make a billion to get a ride) I knew it wasn't happening. But man is this big news, and if done right could be huge. I wonder if this announcement about developing attractions and other things has anything to do with a delayed yet still on the table sometime thrid gate for uni? WHo knows. But for now I am really feeling it.
     
  2. Captain Neo

    Captain Neo Well-Known Member

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    This is actually pretty big news. On the same scale as Harry Potter I would say.
     
  3. StageFrenzy

    StageFrenzy Well-Known Member

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    I did a double take when I saw the news. I wonder if they will start in Osaka or Orlando? At least two to three years out right?
     
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    If anything,this will be for the revamped kidzone due to take place,rather than a third park,but yes,definitely good news.....mariokart anyone? ;)
     
  5. Sped2424

    Sped2424 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I am guessing osaka, then orlando? I know Nintendo is just as popular as ever here as it is over there.
     
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    Sped2424 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I felt this was appropriate. *Warning mild language and some silly humor*
     
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    In Orlando I can see either a retheme and expansion of the kidzone area or the Toon Lagoon area. Personally I would rather see attractions for the whole family instead of the Kidzone type stuff.
     
  8. Sped2424

    Sped2424 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Nah they know nintendo prints gold. The ip's alone have keep the company relevant in ways other gaming staples just can't even touch. I doubt it would be reduced to a kidzone. I am thinking at least one eticket type ride from this.
     
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    Wow. I thought this was going to be some jokey speculation thread.

    That has the potential to be a major (like, major major) addition for Universal's portfolio. It's multigenerational, it appeals to guys and girls.

    Wow.
     
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    StageFrenzy Well-Known Member

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    Just because it's in the Kidzone doesn't mean it can't be an eTicket, Toon lagoon does seem like it's the more likely candidate for redevelopment.
     
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    For what it's worth, the Business Wire story's dateline says Kyoto, Japan, and Orlando.
     
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  12. Sped2424

    Sped2424 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    As @Captain Neo said this is harry potter level huge. But unlike harry potter my dad knows who mario is, as do my grandparents. There is something to be said about an IP that has that kind of presence.
     
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    OMG! UNI just has to build Princess Peach's Castle! And, a Mario Kart ride similar to RSR or TT -- a Mario Galaxy dark ride similar to Buzz Lightyear or TSM and a ride like Ratatouille and a really good Italian restaurant themed to Mario and Luigi.

    Disney is not going to like this news, lol. I sensed some tension between Disney and Nintendo after Nintendo released Amiibo to compete with Disney's Infinity. I don't get the Amiibo thing -- at all.

    I have always felt like Ninteno needed a theme park and this is the answer! Nintendo land would be an exceptional anchor for the rumored third gate, if not, Universal will need to make room somewhere.

    ETA:
    All of the media outlets have pick up on this story, I just saw it on my local news today!

    This is from USA Today.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/05/07/nintendo-universal-theme-parks/70934606/

    As for the deal between Nintendo and Universal, more details on "the immersive experiences ... will be announced in the future," the companies said in a short news release. "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 – only at Universal theme parks," it said.

    Sorry, but this sounds like it's a lot more than a little kiddie section for just for kids -- this is really a big deal. I just looked at the numbers and Universal seriously needs to go big with this.

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    TV personality Kristin Cavallari attends Nintendo's celebration of the launch of Super Mario 3D Land at Siren Studios on November 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Nintendo)

    Harry Potter has sold over 450 million books. In contrast, Nintendo has sold over 684 million game consoles, not to mention, the number of games sold in the hundreds of millions, so this is way bigger than Harry Potter.

    Overall, Nintendo is the number #1, game console manufacturer.

    Total 'Home & Handheld' console sales:
    • Nintendo - 683.94 million
    • Sony - 443.69 million
    • Microsoft - 118 million
    • Sega - 87.5 million
    • Atari - 35.77 million
    Nintendo has out sold Sony by over 240 million consoles! This is almost more than Sony, Microsoft, Sega and Atari combined!

    The top twelve highest selling games of all times:
    1. Tetris - 2006 - Mobile - 100 million
    2. Wii Sports - 2006 - Wii - 82.54 million
    3. Grand Theft Auto V - 2013 - 45 million
    4. Super Mario Bros. - 1985 - Nintendo Entertainment System - 40.24 million
    5. Mario Kart Wii - 2008 - Wii -35.53 million
    6. Tetris - 1989 - Game Boy, Game Boy Color - 35 million
    7. Minecraft - 2009 - Windows, OS x, Linus, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4 - 34 million
    8. Wii Sports Resort - 2009 - Wii - 32.58 million
    9. New Super Mario Bros. - 2006 - Nintendo DS - 30.75 million
    10. Minecraft: Pocket Edition - 2011 - Mobile - 30 million
    11. Wii Play - 2006 - Wii - 28.82 million
    12. New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 2009 - Wii - 27.88 million
    Eight of the top twelve selling video games of all time, belong to Nintendo -- which amounts to almost 70% of the list!

    Nintendo Wii was revolutionary -- it redefined gaming. This game console is utilized in hospitals, retirement homes, schools, libraries, etc. Nintendo's brand and IP's are iconic.

    This is such a huge honor for Universal, because Nintendo is super protective over their brand and IP. And, I totally forgot to give a shout out to Animal Crossing and Yoshi's island!

    As an aside, people totally love video games. I can't wait to see Pixels - when it comes out on home video.



    The trailer is hilarious, I love the scenes with Donkey Kong and Pac-Man, lol.
     
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    Sped2424 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Again this could be for the third gate whenever that gets moving(Not the whole park, but maybe a land or two) Details are sadly very scarce, I am guessing they just cracked the deal today.
     
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    @mochi_wsj - Tokyo tech report for the WSJ Tweeted:

    Nintendo not making a new park, but seemingly an area dedicated to Nintendo characters in existing Universal Studio parks.
     
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    Cosmic Commando Well-Known Member

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    Ugh. I really want to ignore Universal, but they're making it so hard!
     
  17. SomeInternetGuy

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    Press releases contain the headquarter locations of companies involved in the releases. Universal Parks and Resorts HQ is in Orlando, and Nintendo HQ is in Kyoto, so that's why those two cities are listed.
     
  18. Disneyhead'71

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    A Zelda dark ride please.
     
  19. TalkingHead

    TalkingHead Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't sure if Universal Parks was HQ'ed in Orlando or Hollywood. Thanks for clarifying.
     
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    I'm really curious how far along they are with concepts/expansion plans. I'm hoping this isn't an Avatar-like announcement, where they've literally just signed the deal and now have to spend years coming up with attraction concepts.

    Here's to hoping we hear some more news sooner rather than later!
     

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