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Soon you'll be able to step into a real-life Nintendo world

Get excited, video game fans. Plans are underway for Nintendo-themed areas at all three Universal parks.

By Suzanne Gardner

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Get ready to enter a world where oversized question blocks surround you and gigantic piranha plants can spring to life at any moment—you've gotta time that jump over the pipe jusssssssst right. Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo have announced a video game lover's dream come true: Nintendo-themed areas are coming soon to Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan.

While details are still a bit fuzzy, we do know that these new worlds will be "expansive, immersive and interactive", and filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants. The official announcement says that there will be something for everyone, regardless of age or gaming experience level, and that "you'll feel as if you're playing inside your favorite games—in real life".

Planning is already underway, but as far as opening dates go, we only know that they'll be opening separately across the different parks over the next several years.

Now rumours are swirling around what kind of rides and which fave characters we'll be seeing in the new worlds. Personally, we're hoping for a Mario Kart racecar ride, a 3D thrill ride based on The Legend of Zelda, and, of course, an interactive Pokémon catching adventure (maybe spread throughout the Nintendo land, similar to the magical spells you can cast at different spots throughout Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at the Universal parks?). Oh, and we need to get a photo with our fave pal, Yoshi!

What attractions would you love to see in a Nintendo-themed world at Universal Studios?

This article was originally published on Nov 29, 2016
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