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Universal bringing Donkey Kong, Mario, iconic Nintendo characters to parks

Nintendo's creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto stands in front of the iconic Universal globe at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Nintendo's creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto stands in front of the iconic Universal globe at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla.  (Universal Parks & Resorts)

On Tuesday, Universal Parks & Resorts officially confirmed that  characters and themed-attractions from Nintendo will soon be appearing at Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood properties over the next several years.

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The deal has been rumored for months but according to the latest release, the new attractions  "will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They’ll be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants."

In a video released Tuesday by Nintendo, the company’s creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto and Universal Creative President Mark Woodbury both shared a few details-- and expressed their organizations respective excitement-- about the collaboration. 

Few other details were given, including specifics on when each ride or attraction would open would open and the types of experience that would be offered.

A Universal spokesman didn't respond to an email seeking further details but the press statement confirmed that the areas will open separately at the parks over the next several years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.