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…
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“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.[Source: WFTV]
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