The last few years have been peppered with instances of Nintendo talking about ways of leveraging the popularity of successful franchises outside the realm of video games and mere merchandising. One such example was the announcement that Universal Studios Japan would be adding Nintendo themed attractions to its Osaka theme park, but details of that partnership have been rather sparse, until now.
Nintendo’s presence at the park isn’t going to be just a few rides, but rather its own corner, which involves not just replacing the current attractions, but expanding the park proper into areas previously reserved for events. Not only is the space involved significant, but the financial investment is impressive as well at forty billion yen, which comes out to more than $350 million USD.
If you’re interested in experiencing all the Nintendo-related rides and attractions, you’ll have to wait a while longer yet, as the expansion is currently planned to open by 2020. As far as I’m concerned, this makes the Olympics the number two reason to visit Japan in 2020.