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This just in: Nintendo to partner up with Universal Parks & Resorts to bring beloved characters to life.

Fancy a bash at real life Super Mario Kart? How about a Luigi’s Haunted Mansion haunted house? A roller-coaster based on Super Mario Galaxy’s interplanetary gravitational slingshot absurdity? A Pokemon petting zoo…?

This is purely speculative of course, but the idea is damn exciting: for the first time in its history Nintendo are turning the worlds most famous and adored video game franchises to life – with a little help from Universal Parks & Resorts – into awesome theme park attractions. Details are thin on the ground at the moment, but here’s what we do know, straight from the Yoshi’s mouth:

“The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership for Nintendo as it expands the reach and popularity of its characters and intellectual property.

Universal theme parks offer incredibly popular, innovative themed family entertainment experiences based on compelling stories and characters – using powerful storytelling and innovative technology.  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.

The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games.  More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts.”

More on these exciting developments to follow.

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