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Imagine: A Real Life Nintendo Land!

by Thomas Nixon

I’ve been on a bit of a theme park high as of late. Park hopping across Walt Disney World certainly does a lot for the excitement levels in your body. What can I say, I’m a child at heart! That’s probably why I’ll consistently play Nintendo games! So earlier, while marveling over the Magic Kingdom for probably the 11th or 12th time and after playing Nintendo games on my 3DS, I got thinking. How incredible would it be to have a real life Nintendo Land?! The whole world of Nintendo is almost too perfect to not have one! While the concept has surely been in the hearts and minds of Nintendo gamers for probably a long time, the release of Nintendo Land on the Wii U last year really got the juices pumping.

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Nintendo Land: What if it were real?

Nintendo Land is a bit of a variety game full of mini games that maximize the capabilities of the Wii U’s gamepad, very similar to how Wii Sports embraced motion control at the release of the Wii. Ranging from games hailing franchises such as Metroid all the way back to Balloon Fight on the NES, the Wii U launch title certainly is reminiscent of a theme park. But I don’t know, I feel like there was a bit left to be desired. The game’s setting literally consists of a circle in which you can enter gates leading to the mini games other Miis wander around. The main problem though, as that this can be accessed much simpler through a Mario Party-esque menu. Don’t get me wrong, I love that game and it’s a real hoot to play with friends, but it’s a bit bland.

Back in March, Shigeru Miyamoto mentioned in an interview on one of his press trips that, while Nintendo may be focused on digital products at the moment, a real life theme park is not an impossibility. I’m certain Nintendo fanboys like myself went nearly insane at the thought of this. Nintendo Land in real life? Yes. YES. There are countless possibilities of making that a success. So ladies and gentlemen, take my hand and let’s geek out.

Picture this: you walk down a long grassy road and arrive at the famous castle home to Princess Peach! The inside could be modeled precisely like it is in Super Mario 64! And why not throw a restaurant in there too? You might run into the Mario brothers signing autographs. As you stroll along, there could be shops aplenty all the while leading up to different lands all respective to certain Nintendo franchises! To the left, you might find Hyrule complete with a bi-hourly sword duel show for the kids between Link and Ganondorf! You might take a ride on a Loftwing from Skyward Sword as a ride or play a couple games in which you master bow and arrow skills! There might also be a Star Fox land with 3-D (Nintendo loves it) space battle rides! Maybe even something similar to the Astro Orbiter or Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom! The Yoshi-go-round from Super Mario Sunshine for the kids!There might also be a Pokemon world as well! The possibilities are endless! I could really go on and on.

Think of the merchandise too! Those characters are already a hot commodity in the plushie department. Believe me, I’ve got enough Yoshi plushes to build a shrine. Pokemon are already sold in the Japanese store in Epcot, so can you even imagine how well they would do in a place that they’re supposed to be sold from?! It’s pure genius. I love just thinking about it.

Hopefully, at some point in our lifetime, something like a real life Nintendo Land would come to light. There’s literally so much you could do with it and I’m certain you’ve got plenty of ideas of your own! I’ve simply grazed over the surface. That’s right, I haven’t even scratched it yet. Come on Nintendo, this would be so very awesome. You know it too.

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