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Universal will bring Nintendo attractions to Orlando theme park (w/video)

Orlando's Universal theme parks will be getting a Nintendo-themed area, the company announced Tuesday, as will parks in California and Japan over the next few years.

Universal Parks and Resorts had already announced in May 2015 that the theme park company had a deal to create attractions based on Nintendo's wildly popular games. But it was not clear at the time if all of Universal's five parks around the globe would be getting the Nintendo-themed rides, restaurants and attractions.

Now, it looks like tourists in Orlando will one day be catching life-size Pokémon — or maybe riding real Mario Karts.

On its blog, Universal said the Nintendo lands "will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They'll be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants. You'll feel as if you're playing inside your favorite games — in real life."

Universal offered no details on when the Nintendo worlds would open or what they will entail, just a promise of more details "soon."

The Nintendo-Universal deal was lauded by investors last year as a smart move for both companies, and it was likened to Universal's game-changing Harry Potter lands because of the popularity of Nintendo among nostalgic millennials.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

 
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