Universal Parks & Resorts will create theme-park attractions based on Nintendo video games, the companies announced this morning.
Nintendo is the creator of games such as Super Mario Bros. and Zelda. The theme-park division of NBCUniversal owns both Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.
“Universal theme parks offer incredibly popular, innovative themed family entertainment experiences based on compelling stories and characters – using powerful storytelling and innovative technology,” the companies said in a joint statement. ” Nintendo has created remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters. Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways – only at Universal theme parks.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Universal has been aggressively expanding its parks. Earlier this week executives said they want to open a new attraction every year at each of its major theme parks. On Wednesday, the company unveiled details of a new King Kong attraction opening next year at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. The company also has submitted documents to the state showing plans for a water park at Universal Orlando.