Could Universal be planning much more for Nintendo than just a small themed zone?
According to WFTV 9 in Orlando, the word is that we could, in fact, be getting a larger Nintendo area, which could include a new theme park, hotels and more.
Originally, the Nintendo project was only expected at Universal Studios Florida, slated to take a portion out of the KidZone section where the Woody Woodpecker and Barney rides are located.
Building permits released Tuesday include an 8.8-acre Super Mario Land in that spot, with Donkey Kong and Mario Kart sections. Sources have said the idea is to expand on a possible film project with Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind “Despicable Me,” to eventually make a Super Mario Brothers CG movie.
We first speculated that Nintendo was going to come to Orlando in a much bigger way than what’s planned for Japan here.
WFTV reached out to The Kingdom Insider for comment earlier today, and this is what we had to say on it…
“Nintendo has so much to offer for them to just confine it to a small kiddie land inside an existing park to me, personally, doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Thom Pratt, with The Kingdom Insider told Eyewitness News.
Universal declined to comment. But whatever their plans are, it’s pretty clear that they’re going big.
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