After the announcement that Nintendo and Universal Studios would be teaming up to create a Nintendo themed park last year, fans around the globe have been eager for more details regarding the project. While we know that it won’t be completed and available to visit for quite some time, sitting on virtually nothing is always painstakingly difficult. However, after months and months of waiting, the first details surrounding the upcoming theme park have been released to the public!
According to Sankei News, the deal was officially finalized on Friday, with 40 billion yen ($351 million) being invested into the project. To anyone familiar with Universal Studios in Florida, the Nintendo themed park is regarded on the paper notes as a similar large-scale investment to the one that was put into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park that opened a few years ago. And if that’s the case, I think it’s fair to assume that we’re in store for quite the treat by the time the park is complete.
And for those not familiar with the Harry Potter-themed park in Florida, it’s a pretty large part of the park, and the Nintendo themed park is planned to be pretty hefty, as well. Take a look at the map below– the green indicates the current space that Universal Studios Japan takes up, while the red indicates the space that the upcoming Nintendo area will occupy. It’s currently used as an event space in the park, and is located on the left-side of the entrance gate, but it looks like they have bigger plans in store for the space.
Lastly, the goal for the park’s official opening is 2020, which is the same year that Tokyo will be hosting the Summer Olympics. The hope is to have it completed by the time the Games start, so that tourists and visitors will want to visit Universal Studios Japan in Osaka while they’re in the country.Leave a Comment