Universal Studios Reveals More About Mysterious New 'Nintendo Worlds' (UPDATED)

It's like Harry Potter World, but with Mario.

Move over, Harry Potter: Nintendo fans will soon have their own worlds to explore at Universal Studios.

Universal and Nintendo revealed a few more details Tuesday about their plans to partner on new themed areas at Universal Studios parks in Orlando, Hollywood and Osaka, Japan. High score!

A rendering of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan
A rendering of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan

Here’s what we know so far: The new “Super Nintendo Worlds” will open over the next few years, with the first coming to Japan in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The worlds will feature rides, shops, restaurants and “interactive areas” with characters from the “Super Mario” series that will make guests feel they’ve entered their favorite games in real life, according to a press release from Universal Studios Japan.

“When [visitors are] transported into that world, and they stand there for a moment and see it in front of them as if they had just walked into their game platform, I think that’s gonna be a really exciting time,” Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, says in the video above.

If the colorful set behind Woodbury is any clue, the new worlds will be exciting indeed. Woodbury explained that as park developers went to work on the new Nintendo areas, plans only became more and more colorful, more immersive, and more involved.

And we’re guessing at least a few major rides are in store: According to the L.A. Times, Universal plans to open a new attraction every year at each of its major locations.

Wii can hardly wait.

This article has been updated to include new details about the Nintendo worlds.

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