Pokémon Universal Studios Japan Partnership Announced

Universal Studios Japan has announced a partnership with The Pokémon Company for a new and mysterious virtual reality experience. Nintendo currently has an attraction at Universal Studios Japan called Super Nintendo World, with plans to expand to Universal’s locations in Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore by 2025. Unfortunately, these plans have been hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which also forced Super Nintendo World to temporarily close its doors less than a month after its grand opening in March.

Until now, Super Nintendo World games and attractions have focused primarily on Mario, with attendees riding the interactive Mario Kart roller coaster, dine at the Toad Café, unlock exclusive Miitopia character costumes with special interactive wristbands, and even engage in friendly conversation with full-voiced characters like Princess Peach. However, there are plans for Super Nintendo World to branch out into non-Mario Nintendo franchises in the future, as the upcoming Super Nintendo World demonstrates. Donkey kong expansion based on the equally iconic character. Now it seems that Pokemon You might be joining the theme park fun soon, though it’s too early to tell.

On October 6, Universal Studios Japan announced that it will enter into a partnership with The Pokémon Company beginning in 2022. As of now, there are few details on what this partnership will bring (not to mention any Pokemon attractions in Super Nintendo World at launch), but Universal Studios Japan’s announcement mentions plans to develop an interactive virtual experience that “immerse guests in the world of Pokémon. “Both the President and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, JL Bonnier, and the President and CEO of The Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, expressed their enthusiasm for this long-term agreement between their companies.

This new partnership with Universal Studios Japan comes just as fans continue to celebrate the Pokemon 25th anniversary of the franchise this year. To comment on the milestone, Nintendo is releasing several Pokemon games on Nintendo Switch for years to come, including the next Pokémon Shiny Diamond Pokémon and Shiny pearl and the open world Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Rumors speculate that there will be more important Pokemon announcements in 2022, so perhaps the details of the partnership with Universal Studios will turn out to be related to those revelations.

It is still too early to know if the virtual reality experience described by The Pokémon Company and Universal Studios Japan will be part of Super Nintendo World or something else entirely, but the idea of ​​exploring the vast world of Pokemon and interacting with its assortment of titular collectible creatures is certainly an exciting concept. However, it may take a while to see these plans come to fruition, as the recently announced partnership between The Pokémon Company and Universal Studios Japan won’t officially go into effect until next year.

Source: Universal Studios Japan


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