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.