Nintendo Theme Parks to Power Up in Orlando, Hollywood, and Osaka

Jake Rossen
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Ever since an ill-fated diversion into feature films with 1993’s live-action Super Mario Bros., Nintendo has been notoriously guarded about licensing its characters for any non-pixelized project. Now, it looks like Mario is finally ready to extend the borders of his playable world. On Tuesday, Universal Resorts announced that portions of its parks in Orlando, Hollywood, and Osaka, Japan would be devoted to Nintendo-themed attractions.

“Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure,” the press release read. “Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups, and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world.”

The parks plan to open their Nintendo expansions in the next several years; the release also makes mention of the “creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s worlds” being involved. Mario and Legend of Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto is expected to have a hand in the attractions. Here’s a video released by Universal on the future of the project:

[h/t Orlando Sentinel]