A Nintendo theme park, with some of your favorite characters like Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, is no longer a pipe dream.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal Orlando will soon add a Nintendo-themed section to its list of attractions. The Nintendo area will open in the Orlando, Hollywood and Japan parks over the next few years.
Universal Parks and Resorts announced Tuesday the company formed a partnership with Nintendo last year. The company said on its blog that the new parks "will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They'll be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants. You'll feel as if you're playing inside your favorite games — in real life,” according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Planning for the park is already underway, but it looks as if the world will specifically be about Nintendo characters, according to The Wall Street Journal.
"We're going to be able to create an entire Nintendo world," Universal Creative president Mark Woodbury said in an online video about the new park, which you can watch here.
So why the Nintendo park all of a sudden? According to The Wall Street Journal, the video-game company wants to raise awareness about the brand’s consoles, as the number of Nintendo gamers has dropped in recent years.
Nintendo has similarly tried to bring back its brand by launching the NES Classic console, according to WSJ, a nearly impossible console to find this holiday season.
The NES Classic went to the shelves priced at $60, but the prices jumped at several stores because of increased demand and lack of supply, according to GameNGuide. Some are selling the console for $390.
The console has sold within two minutes any time it has appeared online, according to GameNGuide.
But there appears to be hope for the future. Nintendo America announced on Twitter that the company is making more products to meet demand.
"The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand, " Nintendo of America announced via Twitter. "There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year."