06 Oct 2021 1:41 PM +00:00

Pokémon And Universal Studios Japan Announce Long-Term Partnership

Universal Studios Japan unveiled its Super Nintendo World earlier in 2021 and announced Donkey Kong Zone for 2024, but that's not all Nintendo has in store for the park. The Big N is bringing one of the most recognizable franchises to Universal as well: Pokémon .

Pokémon and Universal Studios Japan announced a new long-term, creative partnership, which will start in 2022, though what fruit that partnership will bear remains a bit of a mystery as yet.

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Pokémon And Universal Studios Japan Announce Long-Term Partnership

President of Universal Studios Japan, J.L. Bonnier, and the CEO of The Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara said:

Universal Studios Japan and The Pokémon Company will enter a long-term partnership to jointly explore groundbreaking entertainment that will immerse guests into the world of Pokémon with innovative technology and creativity beginning in 2022.
Bonnier (left) and Ishihara (right)
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Bonnier (left) and Ishihara (right)

Bonnier responded to the unveiling, highlighting Pokémon's worldwide influence and the experiences it is looking to implement:

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Pokémon is beloved by fans around the world. 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.

Ishihara is equally enthusiastic about the deal:

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 are looking forward to the day when we can welcome fans from around the world to all enjoy it together.

What form these experiences might take is anyone's guess at this point, though given the existence of Donkey Kong World, we'd be surprised if a Pokemon theme park doesn't factor into Nintendo's plans.

On the gaming front, Pokémon is looking to launch its next mainline videogames through Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, due for November and 2022's Pokémon Legends: Arceus. While Pokemon Unite continues to run strong following the recent addition of Sylveon.