Universal Studios Japan has revealed some new information about the Nintendo area planned for the theme park, saying that it is expected to exceed the Harry Potter section. Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun has also revealed that the new section may cost more than ¥50,000,000,000 ($500 million USD) to build, a 25 percent increase on the $400 million it took to build The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the park.

The partnership between Nintendo and Universal Studios was announced in May last year, with Universal saying at the time: “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.” So far, Mario is the only Nintendo IP confirmed for the park — with Universal Studios frequently referring to the Nintendo section as a “Mario area” — however many of Nintendo’s other properties are being considered, so there’s a good chance it will end up with some Zelda-themed attractions too.

Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka and the Nintendo section is planned to open by 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics. Let us know in the comments about the type of Zelda attractions you’d like to see, and any other Nintendo franchises you’d love to see featured.

  • Daniel Gregg

    Id without a doubt love to see a Hogwarts type Hyrule Castle looming over Hyrule Town, where there would be shops and restaurants/pubs based on Zelda locations/races. A shop selling all manner of Zelda themed gifts and souvenirs would get my money, plus you could have like Goron Burger, or Zora Smoothies, just off the top of my head. The possibilities are endless really with such a vast history of locations, characters and storylines 🙂

    • Shona

      That sounds great! And imagine if you could play a bunch of mini-games there too.

    • True Davad

      Wouldn’t a goron burger be a rock like other goron food? Maybe Goron rock candy would be better.
      But seriously I could see this working. Zora water rides and sea food. Loftwing roller coaster. Lon Lon petting zoo? Endless possibilities I am sure.

    • Matthew

      THIS! So much this.

  • Russ

    Cool, and they can reuse the E3 props!