Last year rumblings of a Nintendo theme park started making the rounds. Today we can confirm those rumors are definitely true and that the project is days away from officially entering production. Japanese news outlet Sankei News reports that a total of forty billion yen ($351 million in US currency) is going to be invested in building a Nintendo section of Universal Studios Tokyo, which is about the money and effort put into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter a few years ago.
No one knows yet what attractions and rides are going to be offered, but here is the section of the park that Nintendo is about to take up, currently being used as event space. The goal is to have the Nintendo section finished by 2020, which is the year Tokyo hosts the Olympics and the city should be overflowing with tourists carrying spending money.
Sadly, there are currently no plans to build a Nintendo theme park inside any American version of Universal Studios. But if there ever are, we’ve already got the perfect voice recording for an ad! The legendary Don LaFontaine would sometimes voluntarily lend his voice to student projects, if the fan asked nicely. Here’s his narration for a fictional Nintendo theme park advertisement from 2007.