Well, ever since the company’s deal with Nintendo was announced earlier this year, it’s been speculated. But now it seems things might finally be coming around.
An ‘insider’ has stated that Universal is working on a new theme park in the US, complete with Nintendo theme rides and attractions! They then go on to say that not only is a Mario Kart rie a certainty, but that talks about both Pokemon and Zelda themed attractions are also underway, with the new park having multiple areas themed after different Nintendo franchises (due to the kids section of the park not having room for all the Nintendo attractions on its own).
Above: Mario Kart and Zelda may be getting theme park rides and attractions at a new Universal Orlando park
It also talks of World of Warcraft, and the possibility that Universal has gotten a deal going to open up rides and attractions based on that famous game as well. So if you’ve a MMORPG fan wanting to live out your fantasies in real life… that seems like it could be a very real possibility too. Perhaps the whole concept will tie into your online characters as well, like stuff you buy actually affecting your virtual avatars?
Above: World of Warcraft is apparently represented in this theme park as well.
So that’s apparently a glimpse into Universal’s plans for a video game based theme park. It’s an interesting sounding concept if it is true (and the idea of Mario Kart and Zelda themed rides makes us excited just thinking about it), but take it as hearsay so far, since it’s based on an ‘exclusive’ that hasn’t got a lot of evidence behind it.
What do you think about Universal’s possible plans for a new theme park? Does the talk of Nintendo and World of Warcraft themed attractions make you interested?
It’s extremely unfortunate that we’re having to write this article for Gaming Reinvented, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55 due to a bile duct tumour.
He died this Saturday, with his ill health being the reason for a lack of presence at E3 2015.
Either way, Mr Iwata was someone who brought a lot to Nintendo. Programming games back when it wasn’t really seen as a legitimate career choice, he was involved in programming games for HAL Laboratory and Nintendo back in the 80s and 90s. In fact, he was so good at doing this that he managed to turn around the likes of Earthbound and make it actually playable (leading to one of the best RPGs of its era). He also worked on Pokemon Gold and Silver, compressing the data enough that the entirety of Kanto from the previous games could be made to fit in the space left on the cartridge.
And that’s even before we look at his achievements as Nintendo CEO. When Iwata took the helm in 2002, Nintendo was in trouble. The Gamecube was underperforming compared to its competitors, the GBA was then Nintendo’s least popular handheld console and their reputation in many regions was summed up in one word as ‘irrelevant’. But Satoru Iwata managed to use the Blue Ocean strategy to turn things around. He marketed the Wii and DS to people who’d never played games before and ended up making two of the most popular and success systems ever released on the market. From there, his work on the 3DS was extraordinary and again managed to turn around a failing system by releasing a near endless stream of great games for it and actually making it worth owning.
Yet he never lost sight of the customers or the fans. With comments such as:
On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.
The only person who has the right to be selfish is the customer
He never lost sight of who Nintendo’s real audience was. He never got driven into the world of cheap ‘freemium’ mobile games by investors wanting to take part in the app ‘gold rush’. He never turned Nintendo in a game driven by endless DLC releases and horse armour. He never told the developers to rush out games that weren’t ready just because the company spotted a quick sales opportunity.
Ever wonder what Retro Studios or Platinum Games are up to, given that Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Bayonetta 2 are now long released?
Well, it seems like they may be ready to show something at E3, if their latest tweets are any indication! For instance, here’s an interesting Twitter retweet about Nintendo’s live event from a Platinum Games staffer:
Yep, they’re literally saying E3 is going to be awesome, with a heavy dose of hints about a new project at the same time. Are they going to announce a new Metroid or Donkey Kong game? Something new? Guess we can only find out on the day!
Just load or reload the page, and you get a nice list of fake E3 game announcements! For example, I loaded the page just now and this list appeared:
It’s pretty cool if I do say so myself. Especially given how I just happened to get two fairly realistic sounding Donkey Kong Country games from it. It’s almost like the script knew I liked the Donkey Kong Country series and generated the best possible list of leaked games in response!
So yeah. Just go ahead and view the site, and see what crazy stuff you get!