Today, two Japanese news outlets revealed some additional details about the Nintendo area at Universal Studios Japan. And it looks like it’s going to be pretty big: according to the heads of Universal Studios Japan, it will “exceed” the Harry Potter area (though it’s not clear if he is talking about the size, the total cost of productions, or both).
One thing’s for sure: the Nintendo will not be only about Mario, and other Nintendo IPs will also be represented there. It’s not clear which ones yet, but we can expect the biggest ones to show up (such as The Legend of Zelda or Donkey Kong for example… maybe even Splatoon).
It looks like the whole project is still on track for a 2020 launch: since the Tokyo Olympics take place that year, it’s not hard to imagine both Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan want to take advantage of that.
In Sankei Shinbun, we learn that the Nintendo Area may cost up to 500 million to build, as opposed to 400 million for the Harry Potter area. But it’s not just attractions that Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan are developing together: there’s also restaurants and stores. It looks like the whole project might be officially/announced before the end of the year, but nothing’s guaranteed just yet.