Possibility of a Nintendo theme park

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by The Pi, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. The Pi

    The Pi Lurker

    Mar 18, 2010
    For years, Disney has had two of the most popular theme parks to be found in the world: Disneyland, and Disney World. Filled with attractions based on the wealth of cartoons and films from throughout the company’s history, it is the premiere destination for someone who loves Disney.

    The first of the two, Disneyland, was built in 1955, less than 30 years after the 1928 release of “Plane Crazy” and “Steamboat Willie,” the first cartoons to feature Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, which were created after his Disney Studios broke away from Universal.

    Casting an eye across the Pacific, Nintendo has been around for well over 100 years, but it is within the past 30 that they have managed to come into their own with a cast of characters and properties that could arguably rival the Disney ensemble. Naturally, a theme park-minded Mario fan might gaze longingly at Cinderella’s castle and wonder “why can’t Nintendo have a theme park like this?”

    And during a recent meeting with investors, that very question was put to Nintendo Co. Ltd. President Satoru Iwata, who responded:

    He did not let it end there, however, and began to speak hypothetically about the concept, noting that if they were to just build a theme park filled with Nintendo characters, they would merely be copying all of the current theme parks available. And, as the DS and Wii have proven, Nintendo likes to think different.

    Since differentiating themselves from the pack is key for the company, it seems that a theme park will likely not come to be unless some serious inspiration strikes. But Iwata chooses to keep optimism alive, stating “I won’t say that it will never happen.”

    That isn’t to say that Nintendo hasn’t dabbled in the idea, however, even if they currently have no real plans to do so again. Pokémon The Park 2005, aka Poképark, was an traveling theme park which had locations in Japan during 2005, and Taiwan in 2006. Though there did not seem to be any presence by Mario or Link, the park was (obviously) built around the theme of Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise. However, both locations are now closed.

    Maybe someday, though. After all, who wouldn’t want to see the fireworks over Peach’s castle, travel through Toad Town, or experience other attractions based on The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, and others? We just have to wait and hopefully see just what kind of differentiating idea would inspire Nintendo to do so.

    It’s just waiting to happen. After all, Mario has risen in popularity to surpass even the Mouse himself.

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  2. ball2012003

    ball2012003 Newbie

    doesn't seem like a good idea to me
  3. Njrg

    Njrg Kinsoku Jikou Desu. ^.~

    Dec 24, 2008
    United States
    Wario's Tube Slider doesn't sound family friendly to me. @.@
  4. Domination

    Domination GBAtemp Psycho!

    Nov 28, 2008
    Your Mum
    Maybe they can make a Mario Themepark game instead.
  5. basher11

    basher11 GBAtemp's Official Vocaloid Lover

    Jun 29, 2009
    United States
    if they DO make one, i'm avoiding ALL Wario parts.

    playing Wario Ware made me feel more protective about my money :|

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
  6. RupeeClock

    RupeeClock Colors 3D Snivy!

    May 15, 2008
  7. KingVamp

    KingVamp Haaah-hahahaha!

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    idk See why not :/
  8. Hakoda

    Hakoda GBAtemp Addict

    Feb 2, 2008
    United States
    San Jose, CA
    I don't see why not, they have a bunch of attraction ideas already. They should offer free WiFi in the park for DS gamers [​IMG]
  9. Andman315

    Andman315 Member

    Jul 17, 2008
    United States
    If i get to get cool souvenirs like life-sized Master Swords or Fire Flowers, sure why not?
  10. XtremeCore

    XtremeCore GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 22, 2009
    United States
    Lol. This was my dream when I was young. After I've been to Disneyland, i always hope that Nintendo would make one.

    This news excites me, although I know (pretty much) it's not gonna happen.
  11. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Oh god, 100 kids running around with a foam hylian shield. XD

    Mario hats for every shape and size!
  12. FireGrey

    FireGrey Undercover Admin

    Apr 13, 2010
    Yeah and have like a DS place where you can test out some DS games and buy them if you like them and the same for Wii and 3DS when it comes.
    And maybe even a water-slide version of the penguin race from Super Mario 64.
  13. Celice

    Celice GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jan 1, 2008
    United States
    Drop a bunch of mario coins

    pick them up

    You don't know how awesome that could be to actually do [​IMG]
  14. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    it'll be in japan anyway so who gives a fuck.
  15. injected11

    injected11 Crescent Fresh™

    Jul 17, 2009
    United States
    Samus T-shirt arm cannon FTW.
  16. syko5150

    syko5150 GBAtemp Syko!

    Apr 25, 2009
    United States
    i would have to pass on the testing games portion of a nintendo park lol imagine millions of little kids picking their noses then playing the DS they have there...
  17. Countbisquit

    Countbisquit Advanced Member

    Jan 12, 2010
    Essex, England
    Sure, I can see myself strolling through Hyrule, being raped by moblins. Why not build one?
  18. Range-TE

    Range-TE GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 9, 2008
    sounds kinda cool actually.
    if they really want to be different though; they should make it sort of something like that real life mmorpg i heard about, but instead of an rpg it'd be like a zelda.

    but i don't see that happening so i'm just gonna guess a Metroid Space ship ride with samus, a DK mine cart roller coaster, a Kirby restaurant, maybe in the arcade there'd be Ninty arcade classics and stuff as well as new stuff (whack a goomba?)
  19. Apex

    Apex GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 4, 2006
    You could eat some Cotton Kirby and drink some Lonlon Milkshakes.
  20. GundamXXX

    GundamXXX Ergo Ego

    Sep 25, 2007
    This sounds awesome, problem is if its made itll be in Japan only most likely :'(