Will There Ever Be A Nintendo Theme Park?

Just imagine it: like Disneyland, but with video games and Nintendo characters. During a recent meeting with investors, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed the topic.

"Countless times, the idea of a theme park has been debated and discussed, and there have been rumours in various forms," Iwata said. "But at the present moment, there are no concrete plans."

Iwata went on to speak hypothetically about theme parks, saying that simply building a theme park with Nintendo characters in it would be copying all theme parks that have been built up until now. For Nintendo, the important thing is to do something differently and unique, and that is one of the strengths the company has with the the development of its games.

So if Nintendo make a theme park, it would have to be different from other theme parks that are presently operated. Nintendo would need to hit upon something original. According to Iwata, "I won't say that it will never happen".

To reiterate, the Nintendo president was clear that much of what he said about the possibility of Nintendo doing a theme park was hypothetical and that there are currently no plans for Nintendo to launch its own theme park.

In 2005, there was a travelling Pokepark theme park in Japan that drew crowds of over four million in the six months plus that it was operated.

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    Pfft, I've got ideas for a theme park.

    • A Metroid petting zoo/survival game
    • Who can retrieve the Master Sword from the pedestal?
    • Cuccoo hunt! Kick and punch chickens until they all peck you to death.
    • You could even sleep at the Nintendo theme park! But all your neighbours would be creepy robotic animals who stare through your window at night, armed with an axe and a piercing stare.
    • F-Zero racing. 200 mph on a short course with hundreds of onlookers to crash into? Yes please!
    • Similarly, fly your own Arwing. Shoot down your friends and family and win A) a Krystal plushie, and B) a ticket to an orphanage.
    • And finally... take your picture with Waluigi, the mascot of the theme park.

    That would be awesome!! I love how Nintendo needs to be different from everyone and everthing else

    It'd only cost $5 to get in, but all the rides would be a decade out of date.

    Hey, Segaworld in Sydney was awesome, and Nintendo's could only be more awesome!

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