The words crossover in the gaming community have the power to strike gamers far and wide with feelings of fear or feelings of excitement. Some crossovers have been known to yield great results, such as games like the Kingdom Hearts series while others leave a bitter taste in your mouth… I’m looking at you Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage and Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy. Trust me, I wish I didn’t remember either.
A healthy dose of skepticism is only natural when some of our most beloved companies and characters are being thrown into new environments. But somethings you have to dive into head first knowing that it would take some major hiccups to fail. Of course, I’m talking about the recently announced addition to the Universal Studios line up.
Nintendo World. Nintendo Island. Nintendo Avenue. Whatever the name ends up being, just know that Universal Studios has just announced that we will finally be able to physically immerse ourselves in some of our favorite games of all time in an amusement park. Whether you want to rage out on the Rainbow Road or take a stroll through the Mushroom Kingdom only to be kidnapped by a psychotic turtle one thing holds true.
It will be epic.
An official statement says, “The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games.”
Since the reps at Universal and Nintendo are keeping the details of this project tightly under wraps, I think it’s high time we started making our own speculations. What would you like to see in the park? Personally, the live action Mario Kart idea seems the most appealing to me or even a rollercoaster ride based off of Samus’ adventures in Metroid. For more friendship ruining fun, they could create some way to play Mario Party.
Despite the creation of the Nintendo attractions this will not be a fully functioning stand alone park, instead the attractions will be gathered together within the already functioning Universal Studios park. Kind of like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Alas, we’re forced to wait and see what will actually come with this new park. As of now there are no set plans on breaking any ground. But Universal scores a major 1UP for inking this deal with Nintendo.