Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resort are teaming up, which means we’ll be seeing Nintendo-themed attractions at Universal’s parks in California, Florida, Osaka, and Singapore. It also looks like Nintendo is dipping its feet into the world of competitive esports. And Splatoon Turf War events are scheduled for this weekend.
We don’t know yet what exactly that will look like; Mario Kart bumper cars? A Zelda roller coaster? Pokémon running around the park taking pictures with adoring kids? Regardless, Nintendo games bring with them a lot of nostalgia for parents who want something fun to do with their kids.
Nintendo told Quartz that “this is an exciting project that will be unlike any other either of our companies have ever done.”
In other Nintendo news a demo for the upcoming game Splatoon is now available for free for Wii U owners. But that’s not all. Those who download the demo can participate in scheduled Turf War battles with other players around the world this weekend. These “Test Fire” events are scheduled for 8-9 p.m. PST on May 8, and 5-4 a.m. and 12 to 1 p.m. on May 9. Nintendo plans to live stream the first battle with full commentary by experts with Nintendo’s Tree house.
The Turf War mode of Splatoon features 4-on-4 multiplayer gameplay with a twist. The levels available for play are going to change every four hours. The game will launch with five initial maps, with more scheduled for release throughout 2015. Splatoon is currently scheduled for launch on May 19.