Last year, Nintendo announced that they were teaming up with Universal Studios to create theme park attractions based on Nintendo IP. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and Universal's Mark Woodbury shared an update on the project two weeks ago, explaining that their vision for these attractions is to create "an entire Nintendo world" that will make customers feel like they "just walked into their game platform."
These theme park attractions are planned for Japan, Orlando, and Hollywood, and the one in Japan will be bigger and more expensive than Harry Potter World. Nintendo and Universal haven't named any specific franchises that are set to get the theme park treatment yet, but we may have a pretty good idea of what to expect thanks to a pair of recently discovered patents.
Universal City Studios, the sister patent-filing division of Universal Orlando Resort, has filed a series of new patents for various attractions, and two of them seem to be based on Mario Kart and the mine cart sections of Donkey Kong Country. Here are the names and descriptions of the two patents in question, courtesy of the Orlando Business Journal:
Drift racers: A two-rider, car-based amusement racing attraction with the ability to simulate drifting sensations. Two passengers, who could be in time/points competition with another car, will have control over some aspect of their ride vehicle: The driver would have a steering wheel and an acceleration and brake pedal to control the turning/drifting of the vehicle and speed; the rear passenger would have a control interface with buttons that could control the vehicle or bounce the ride vehicle, provide a boost to the vehicle during the race or affect the performance of another ride vehicle on the track.
Boom coaster: This is a unique arm that would attach to a ride vehicle to help enhance rides that appear to be on a track system, but are actually controlled by a separate arm. For example, the arm could be C-shaped connected to a secondary hidden track underneath the track guests see. As a result, rides that have story element breaks in the track — say like an upcoming jump from one track to another — could cause suspense. "Because the passenger may believe that the simulated ride surface controls a path of the passenger vehicle, the passenger may fear or anticipate that the passenger vehicle may crash or otherwise incur damage as a result of the elevated gap."
You can check out the images associated with these two patents in the galley below, and you can watch GameXplain's speculation (could "Drift racers" be a Mario Kart: Double Dash simulator?) by clicking above. Would you like to see Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Country attractions at Universal? Sound off in the comments below!
Source: Orlando Business Journal