Universal Orlando's Super Nintendo World Due To Open In 2023
Executives of Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, made a series of announcements during a Q&A part of their earnings call earlier this week.
Super Nintendo World had long been rumoured as a land coming to Epic Universe, which was announced by Universal back in August 2019.
At the time, promises were made that the park would create 14,000 jobs, while also doubling its total theme park acreage.
But now information is starting to trickle through, including the scheduled launch date.
Execs announced in the earnings call that a fourth park based on the characters of Nintendo is set to open in 2023.
It's being dubbed Universal Orlando's 'fourth gate' - the first three being Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and the Volcano Bay water park.
According to Forbes, Comcast executives said during the call: "Nintendo, based on our research, is the biggest potential driver in attendance you can have in terms of intellectual properties."
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They added: "It's up there with Harry Potter, and in some of our parks, HP drives incremental attendance of 2 million people."
LADbible has contacted Universal for comment.
In the meantime, it's looking like Japan's version of the Super Mario-themed theme park will be ready much sooner, due to open in Osaka this summer.
Some of the details for this were announced at a press event earlier this month, where journalists were told that the park would be using a smartphone app and wearable wristbands called the 'Power Up Band', which will 'make you feel like you're part of the game world'.
At the event, Thierry Coup, the chief creative officer of Universal Creative, said: "Think of Super Nintendo World as a life-size, living video game where you become one of the characters. You're not just playing the game; you're living the game, you're living the adventure."
As for what else we can expect, Universal Parks & Resorts CEO Tom Williams confirmed to Attractions Magazine last year that the park will have two rides at launch: a Super Mario Kart experience and something called Yoshi's Adventure, which will join the previously-announced castles for Bowser and Peach as part of the 'first phase of the park.'
While there's still no official launch date just yet, the park is still set to open 'before the Summer Olympics at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka'.
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