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  1. Tomb Raider actually had a ride in one of the Paramount Parks, getting back on topic Super Nintendo World isn't actually the first time Nintendo let Mario appear in a theme park, that credit goes to Reino Aventura in Mexico, now Six Flags México.

  2. A universal take on Tomb Raider franchise would be pretty cool. It'd be like a modern day Indiana Jones Adventure.

  3. I know it's going to be amazing commercial-wise and all, but what I meant was that Universal is really shifting its boundaries, not that it's bad, I just found it really compelling. This is a little off topic but what would you guys wish Universal did in the future? (lands, rides, attractions, anything)

  4. To draw a comparison with the Wizarding World, I knew nothing of Harry Potter (never read the books or saw the films) before stepping into the land for the first time. It's still an amazing feat that was pulled off in building the land, and there is tons of detail in there for the die-hard fans or newcomers alike. I've witnessed people burst into tears while entering the land for the first time, which speaks to the power of the IP and people's connection with it.

    Nintendo is going to have the same effect. It's a showpiece for the park. They're pushing interactivity with the land, which has been toyed with in the past, but never integrated this deep before. The land is already gotten coverage outside the theme park sphere, and is going to attract an audience who may not have interest in other lands. Parks are better off for being diverse with their offerings, and Nintendo will only broaden the appeal.

  5. Nintendo, and the Super Mario IP in particular, is one of the biggest pop culture franchises that until now didn't have a theme park presence. It is a dominant name in video games and is revered globally even after 35 years. I personally thinking adding more attractions aimed at families will help further round out the Universal parks as a whole too.

    “Nintendo, based on our research, is the biggest potential driver in attendance you can have in terms of intellectual properties,” said Comcast executives during the call. “It’s up there with Harry Potter, and in some of our parks, HP drives incremental attendance of 2 million people.”

  6. Universal had a decision to make, build a land on movie franchises that may or may not be popular years from now, or a video game franchise that has stood the test of time, remained in the public consciousness for 35 years, and that you can can see eating up people. Plus there's still Epic Universe and plenty of years to use the acquired assets in the parks. Reboots probably will probably be made and reinvigorate interests in the property. So if that's that's what you want, don't lose hope.

  7. Nintendo reached out to Universal and offered to pay for a chunk of the land.

  8. Randovered is offline New User
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    I don't think the 20,000sq ft show building that Minions took up at USF was large enough to build a dark ride in, and besides that building was designed to he a theater anyway. If you're talking about USJ on the other hand, it would be a waste to take down the two dome theaters from back to the future just to make a minions themed dark ride. If they had space I'd love it if Universal built one though.

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