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Nintendo characters, games coming to Universal parks
Want to play a life-sized version of Mario Kart? Universal Studios may soon make it possible.
Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts are working to create new attractions featuring Nintendo games and characters, the two companies announced Thursday. That could bring characters such as Mario, Link and Donkey Kong to theme parks including Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, as well as Universal Studio parks in Japan and Singapore.
The news is only the latest sign that Nintendo is looking to expand revenue-generating opportunities from its creative portfolio. Two months ago, Nintendo announced its first plans to make games for smartphones and tablets in a deal with Japanese mobile game maker DeNA Co.
Also on Thursday, Nintendo reported that it turned a profit for its fiscal year that ended in March — its first in four years. Still, the company attributed the results in part to the weak yen.
Its net profit of $350 million (41.8 billion yen) was higher than its forecast $251 million (30 billion yen) profit and in line with analysts' expectation.
Nintendo said it sold 3.4 million Wii U systems and 8.7 million of its 3DS portable game systems, bringing total worldwide sales of those platforms to 9.5 million Wii U and 52 million 3DS devices.
As for the deal between Nintendo and Universal, more details on "the immersive experiences ... will be announced in the future," the companies said in a short news release. "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," it said.
To pique your imagination on the possibilities, remember that Universal Studios Hollywood has opened a new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride to add to its Transformers ride and Simpsons virtual roller coaster.
The possibilities are endless for new rides, shows and other attractions at Universal Orlando and Hollywood. A Mario Cart driving ride similar to Autopia at Disney would be Awesome! I'm sure there will also be plenty of 3-d simulator rides similar to Simpsons and Harry Potter in the works as well. What would you like to see?
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