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Universal Studios Japan and The Pokémon Company have announced a number of upcoming attractions that are themed on the monster hunting series, aiming to "immerse guests into the world of Pokémon with innovative technology".
Earlier this year, the first attraction from the partnership between Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts was opened. Super Nintendo World offers a slice of the Mushroom Kingdom with a Mario Kart ride, Princess Peach's castle, Yoshi's Snack Island, and even little mini-games to complete across the park. In our review, Michael Weber called it an "immediate shot of serotonin" and "stirs child-like wonder within you".
So, if the Pokémon attractions are anything like Super Nintendo World, I know that fans are practically going to ascend to a higher plane of happiness. Right now, it's not known exactly what this collaboration will look like, but the companies are confident that this is only the start of multiple Pokémon attractions that will debut in 2022.
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"We are honoured to have a long-term partnership with The Pokémon Company while developing groundbreaking Pokémon entertainment at Universal Studios Japan for both Pokémon fans and our guests," said J.L. Bonnier, president and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, in a statement. "The globally popular Pokémon characters combined with Universal's innovative approach to creating authentic and one-of-a-kind theme park entertainment promise excitement for the entire family."
President and CEO of The Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, is also over the moon with the collaboration, praising Universal Studios' "world-class" experiences across the globe. "For 25 years, Pokémon has curated a legacy of trendsetting innovation while becoming one of the most beloved entertainment brands in the world through video games, animation, and more," enthused Ishihara.
"This strategic alliance with Universal Studios Japan reflects our commitment to continue delivering the joy of Pokémon in ever evolving ways for years to come." We'll certainly keep you in the loop as soon as we learn more about what The Pokémon Company has up its sleeves.
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