A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan with Nintendo Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto.
According to a press release, Super Nintendo Land will have two layers of shops and restaurants as well as a Mario Kart-themed ride. Professor Emeritus Katsuhiro Miyamoto of Kansai University says that the project will generate over 6.2 trillion yen in the Kinki region and about 11.7 trillion yen in the whole country over the ten years after it opens with approximately 108 thousand people employed.
Universal Studios Japan released a teaser trailer showing off what their new themed area, Super Nintendo World, could look like. The trailer has Super Mario running around the park with human guests before giving us a zoom out of the area. Whether or not this will turn out to be the layout of the park has yet to be decided.
The large Mario-themed stage where the ceremony took place was sighted beforehand in the parking lot of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan.
Nintendo announced that they would be partnering with Universal back in May of 2015. Nintendo later confirmed in March of 2016 that a Nintendo-themed area was coming to Universal Studios Japan and that it would be in the same scale as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando with restaurants and shops as well as rides. But it wasn’t until December of 2016 that they announced one of them would be called Super Nintendo Land.
Nintendo-themed areas are also coming to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
According to Fortune, Universal is dedicating 40 billion yen (or around $352 million) to the project, which is $87 million more than they spend on the Harry Potter world.
The area is planned to be open before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Video game publisher Ubisoft is planning a 10,000 square meter “next generation” theme park opening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2020. The park will feature its video game franchises. The project is being led by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which oversees the company’s film and television projects, and are partnering with Malaysian Developer RSG who are also building Movie Animation Park Studios incorporating projects from DreamWorks, The Smurfs, and more.
Nintendo was also behind Defenders of the Triforce, an escape room puzzle game based on The Legend of Zelda. The game, where you go through a real-life room solving puzzles to escape, was built in partnership by company Scrap and started touring in February of this year.