Universal Studios Japan is teaming up with Nintendo

Good morning everyone,

They're still calling for blue skies and warm weather today and then a much chillier high tomorrow of only 14C. The rest of the week is looking cool as well...well, not that cold, just around average for this time of year-around 13C all week.

Did you hear that USJ is going to build a Nintendo zone? When news first came that Universal Studios Japan (commonly known as USJ) and Nintendo were partnering to bring the beloved video game company’s characters to the Osaka theme park, many weren’t sure how high they should get their hopes up. Nintendo has never had a major amusement park presence, and many of USJ’s Japanese pop culture-based projects tend to be limited-time or small-scale endeavors.

But then came word that USJ was ready to make a sizeable investment as part of the team-up. Earlier reports said the theme park would be spending Y40 billion on its Nintendo attractions, but now the theme park is saying it will be pouring Y50 billion into the venture.

To give a sense of just how far that much money could go, USJ’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter area, which has been blowing visitors’ socks off since it was added to the park in 2014, was only a Y40 billion project. Considering that outlay was enough to build a gigantic castle and adjoining village, it seems a safe bet that with an extra Y10 billion to spend, USJ’s Nintendo area will be no less impressive in terms of polish and size.

USJ executives say the Nintendo area will be home to multiple attractions, dining options, and souvenir shops. The park is aiming to have the new section open by 2020, in order to capitalize on the expected influx of foreign visitors to Japan as it hosts the summer Olympics for that year. It sounds like the making of a dream come true for Nintendo fans, and we can’t wait for USJ to make more details available (including what kind of Pokémon GO players can catch there).

Actually, I still haven't been to USJ-I always say that I'd like to go, but then I secretly wonder if I would actually enjoy it or not. Have you been? Is it worth it? 

Have a great day!

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