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Nintendo themed attractions are being rolled out at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood.

The Japanese video gaming giant and Universal to - who previously announced a partnership in May 2015 - have confirmed that Super Mario-themed areas at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are being created.

Nintendo has described these attractions as "expansive, immersive and interactive" in keeping with the style of the areas dedicated to the likes of 'The Simpsons' and Harry Potter.

They will be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple amusements, shops and restaurants which will leave guests feeling as though they are playing inside their favourite games.

Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director of Nintendo, said: "Since we're really bringing the world to life, Super Mario will feel like he finally came home."

And although a completion date has not yet been mooted, Nintendo has confirmed that creative work is already under way - with all three sites expected to "open separately over the next several years".

Mark Woodbury, from Universal Creative, said: "We are always looking for the next great idea and the next great place to take people and Nintendo fit the bill. It's a natural [partnership].

"We are going to be able to create an entire Nintendo world and as we continue to develop it that world became more immersive, more involved and more colourful and more exciting and more interactive and we can't wait for fans to experience this at all three of our parks."