Tokyo, Sep 28 (EFE).- Japan’s Nintendo Tuesday announced the expansion of the Super Nintendo World in the Universal Studios theme park to include a new area themed after Donkey Kong.
The new area will open in 2024.
“The area will feature a roller coaster, interactive experiences and themed merchandise and food. Guests will be able to take a walk on the wild side through the lush jungles where Donkey Kong and his friends live,” the gamesmaker said in a statement.
The new attraction will add to the “Super Mario” themed area opened at the park in March after several delays due to the pandemic.
The statement said the new area would be a “gamechanger” with a blend of innovative technology and a globally popular approach to theme park entertainment of Universal.
With the addition of the Donkey Kong area, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan would increase by approximately 70 percent.
“We are thrilled to continue working with Nintendo as we fulfill our vision to bring their characters and stories to life. Our new Donkey Kong themed area will bring even more excitement and fun to the Super Nintendo World experience,” said JL Bonnier, President, Universal Studios Japan.
Designer Shigeru Miyamoto, the mind behind the successful Nintendo franchises, will spearhead the project.
“I am very happy to be able to make the world of Donkey Kong a reality following the world of Mario,” Miyamoto said.
“I am looking forward to creating a thrilling Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is completed, but it will be a unique area for not only people who are familiar with Donkey Kong games, but for all guests.”
The announcement of the theme park expansion comes in the same year that Donkey Kong turns 40.
Nintendo’s Donkey Kong franchise started with an arcade game in 1981 and quickly captured the hearts of fans around the world.
Since then, the Donkey Kong game series has continually delivered more games on Nintendo video game systems, such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii, and Nintendo Switch.
The series has sold over 65 million units (as of March 2021) worldwide to generations of fans. EFE