The nostalgia factor for anything Super Mario Bros. is very real and very profitable. That’s probably why most of us are so surprised that Nintendo took this long to finally latch on to that concept. But they are and we can’t wait to see what Super Nintendo World has to offer.
Part of a collaboration with Universal Theme Parks, the Nintendo version is going to mimic the Harry Potter parks to a large extent but will take interactivity into new and interesting areas.
Simply put, Nintendo is promising nothing less than a video game in theme park form.
To illustrate how they’re going to do this, the two companies recently unveiled to the public one of the central features of the new park in terms of interactivity. That unveiled item was referred to a Power Up Band. This, in concert with a bespoke app just for the park, will provide users with the ability to interact with objects and attractions in the park. Apparently, this includes collecting games and other standard fare which culminates in a massive boss battle at the end.
And all of this is done up in Mario’s psychedelic mushroom-filled world. Sign us up.
They’re calling the whole thing “Interactive Gaming” which sounds somewhat redundant and could be applied to gaming anyway. After all, isn’t interactivity the central part of gaming already? Anyway, awkward marketing aside, it basically plays out like a Pokemon Go session in a world made for that app. The website ParkStop uncovered patents showing RFID installations throughout the park which are points for data collection and monitoring park visitor activity.
This will be a huge lynchpin for the video game aspect of everything and will keep track of user stats and even prevent cheating, CCN reports.
We’re sure more will be revealed as concrete plans for the park are finalized for public consumption. Until then, what we’re hearing sounds really cool and it really does promise next-gen theme park concepts to use video-game-centric language.
You can watch a video on the presentation here or watching below:
What do you think? Does Nintendo’s theme park concept sound like something you would be interested in visiting in the future when it opens? Why or why not? What do you think of the proposed tech to underpin it all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below if you like.