After months of being tight-lipped, executives of Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, made the announcement during a question-and-answer part of their earnings call.
Expectations are that all of these elements will transfer from Japan to Orlando, although, because Super Nintendo Land is being constructed as part of an all new theme park, there's certainly the opportunity for Orlando to do even more since there are virtually no constraints on how Super Nintendo Land can be designed.More news: Google announces I/O 2020 dates
Those rumors only strengthened as Universal announced plans for its fourth major park in Orlando, Epic Universe. Fans guessed that Super Nintendo World would be a cornerstone of this new park. Universal's Epic Universe isn't set to open until 2023, although we're hearing word that Super Nintendo World will be among the first attractions opened at the expansion.
Comcast executives estimate that the new park should draw in millions of visitors; as evidence, they pointed to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which "drives incremental attendance of 2 million people".More news: Day six at the Australian Open
"You're not just playing the game; you're living the game, you're living the adventure", Thierry Coup, the senior vice president and chief creative officer at Universal Creative, said in a statement. "Nintendo's most iconic characters and experiences will be brought to life, including Mushroom Kingdom, Peach's Castle, an incredible Mario Kart ride, Bowser's Castle, and more". Are you excited? What other attractions will Epic Universe will reveal?
The new park will be located on a 750-acre (304-hectare) site a few miles from the current Universal Orlando property, which is home to the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure parks, as well as the Volcano Bay water park. Another thing that's unclear is if Super Nintendo World will be ready to go once Epic Universal proper opens its doors.More news: BTS to dazzle fans with series of US shows next week