In the theme park wars, intellectual property reigns supreme. Universal Studios changed the game by incorporating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter into its parks, but with Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge poised to open next year, the rivalry is about to be taken to the next level.
Universal is going to have to implement some flashy new changes to lure guests over from a galaxy far, far away, and now a new rumor says that instead of creating one Nintendo Land in the United States, they’re going to split that intellectual property across multiple parks – and more specifically, a Zelda land is coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Florida.
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Universal Studios Japan held a special event to announce the first official details about their upcoming Nintendo theme park land, Super Nintendo World. Keep on reading to learn the details that were revealed about the land’s signature ride and watch the first commercial, which gives us a peek at the new land.
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UPDATE: We’ve been told this release actually isn’t anything more than an updated version of a 2014 high-definition release with a new Steelbook case. Still, for those who didn’t know this existed, this might be good news.
It’s no secret that the film adaptation of Super Mario Bros. is a complete disaster. The making of the total mess of a video game movie was documented in Blake J. Harris’ book Console Wars (you can read all about it right here). But somehow, there are enough fans of the movie to warrant a release of the movie in high-definition.
Believe it or not, Super Mario Bros. is getting a Blu-ray release next month, and it even has a collectible Steelbook case to keep it safe from anyone who would be crazy enough to steal it for their own collection. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Two weeks ago, one of the most un-secret secrets in the theme park industry was officially pushed into the spotlight: Universal Studios is teaming up with Nintendo to bring the iconic video game publisher’s characters to Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan. Specific details were scarce, but there were promises of “expansive, immersive and interactive” attractions that would make you feel “as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life.” Today, we still don’t know too much more than that, but the first piece of concept art for Nintendo Land has arrived, offering an early look at what the expect as well as the area’s full and proper name.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Back in 2015, we first learned that Universal Studios was teaming up with Nintendo to bring the video game company’s iconic characters and games into their theme parks. Details were scarce – which parks would feature Nintendo characters and how they’d be utilized remained unknown.
Today, the first official details have been revealed. Entire Nintendo-themed lands are being planned for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan and adjectives like “expansive,” “immersive” and “interactive are being tossed around. Hit the jump to learn about the Nintendo Worlds coming to Universal Studios theme parks.
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Plenty of gamers and movie fans will agree that GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64 is the best video game based on a movie ever made. The first person shooter based on the James Bond movie of the same name fro 1995 is still played to this day by those who were smart enough to hold on to their system from the late 90s. But fans have been hoping to see the game get a high-definition re-release for a long time, and it almost happened.
In case you didn’t know, a high-definition redux of the original GoldenEye game was in the works a few years ago for Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360, but it never came to fruition due to a licensing disagreement between Microsoft and Nintendo in 2008. What’s even more frustrating is that the game was just two months from completion, and the closest we’ll get to playing that game is watching some recently revealed gameplay footage that looks absolutely outstanding. Read More »
The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
Disney has a new batch of Sketchbook Ornaments for movies like The Lion King and Alice in Wonderland while LEGO has unveiled their official Adventure Time set. Nintendo has a new mini classic edition of their original system coming with 30 games pre-loaded on it and Nickelodeon has a new subscription box that will be debuting at Comic-Con. There are also new figures for Predator, Frozen, Star Wars Rebels and much more.
See everything in this edition of The Toy Box after the jump. Read More »
Last summer, Nintendo creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto indicated that the video game company was looking to get back in the feature film business. Nintendo has been unwilling to turn their video games into movies ever since the awful Super Mario Bros. movie arrived in 1993, so this was big news for fans who have been hoping to see The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, StarFox or other video game properties turned into movies.
Nintendo isn’t rushing into anything, but it sounds like the company is getting closer to making something happen on the big screen. However, don’t expect to see your favorite video game characters entering the live-action world, because Nintendo wants to get in the animated movie game. Read More »
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I don’t think younger Pokémon fans who have grown up with this series all of their lives can comprehend what it was like when the first games hit shelves in the late ’90s. It was a like a freight train had collided with popular culture. Everyone knew about Pokémon and everyone who played video games owned copy of Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue. You saw Gameboys everywhere you went, each of them wielded by children and adults trying to catch ’em all and whatnot. For those with no interest in the series and its later incarnations in other media, it was a profoundly annoying couple of years. This was the rare game to achieve total cultural saturation.
In other words, a well-made live-action Pokémon movie feels like a license to print money, a fact that is certainly not lost on the three studios currently vying for the rights to produce such a thing. This is no ordinary bidding war, though. There are actually a few cultural roadblocks that have made this one a little more interesting.
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Last August, Nintendo announced that they were exploring the possibility of turning some of their video game properties into feature films. The company was turned off of the idea of adapting their video games into movies after the disaster that was Super Mario Bros. back in 1993, but over 20 years later, Nintendo’s creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto said:
“As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo’s role as an entertainment company, we’re starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that—and we’ll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future.”
We haven’t heard of any development on specific properties heading to the big screen, but if UFC champion turned actress Ronda Rousey had the opportunity, she would love to bring bounty hunter Samus Aran to life in a Metroid movie. Read More »