Rumor: Universal Studios' Super Nintendo World Model Photos Leaked

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

The Unofficial Universal Podcast and Panic Inc. video game company co-founder Cabel Sasser shared allegedly leaked model photos of Universal Studios' "Super Nintendo World" on July 7. The area, which is currently under construction in Osaka, is set to open in summer 2020.

The models show recreations of Bowser's Castle, colorful Yoshis, plenty of pipes, piranha plants, an ice zone and of course mushrooms galore.

Another model shows a Donkey Kong-themed area with water attractions, Funky Kong's plane, and barrels begging to be jumped into. Minecart tracks are shown weaving around the zone. Sasser notes in his tweet that the mine cart track could be related to a recent rollercoaster tech patent filed by Universal.

Universal Studios Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore will also open Super Nintendo World areas.

Nintendo and Universal Creative confirmed in 2016 that they are collaborating on the attractions. Nintendo had announced in May 2015 that it is partnering with Universal Parks & Resorts to bring Nintendo-themed attractions to Universal theme parks. Nintendo stated at the time that the "immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal's theme parks and will feature Nintendo's most famous characters and games."

Illumination (Despicable Me, Minions, Sing), a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, is planning an animated film adaptation of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. game franchise. Both Nintendo and Universal Pictures are funding the project, and Universal Pictures will distribute the film worldwide. Illumination founder Chris Meledandri revealed in November that the planned film is in “priority development” and may debut in theaters by 2022.

Source: Cabel Sasser's Twitter account

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