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Universal City Studios, the sister patent-filing division of Universal Orlando Resort, has a series of new patents that hint at possible rides that fit the Nintendo and Marvel brands, as well as a new spin on water rides possibly in play for Volcano Bay.

Five patents, filed from October through November, show the theme park company is looking into cutting-edge ways to bring guests interactivity as part of the overall theme park experience. The patents seem to hint at what Universal could do if it wanted to build rides based off of Nintendo’s Mario Kart brand and Marvel’s Iron Man, or to try to bring a popular element of Universal Orlando’s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster to a water ride at Volcano Bay, which opens next year.

Here are the five patent names and brief descriptions:

Drift racers: A two-rider, car-based amusement racing attraction with the ability to simulate drifting sensations. Two passengers, who could be in time/points competition with another car, will have control over some aspect of their ride vehicle: The driver would have a steering wheel and an acceleration and brake pedal to control the turning/drifting of the vehicle and speed; the rear passenger would have a control interface with buttons that could control the vehicle or bounce the ride vehicle, provide a boost to the vehicle during the race or affect the performance of another ride vehicle on the track, said the patent. For any Nintendo fan, that description brings to mind the video game company’s popular Mario Kart game series. In one version of the series, called Mario Kart: Double Dash, each car had two racers — including a driver and a rear passenger — who controlled the use of items during the race that could impact their car or others in the race.

Simulator ride: A track ride system that aims to provide a more interactive experience for guests than what’s received in typical flying theater attractions like Disney’s Soarin’. This would have guests step into a flying simulator on a moving track system that appears like a suit with pieces covering parts of the rider’s body, such as a helmet, chest piece or arm piece with the ability of being controlled by the guests and providing feedback — via vibrations to simulate explosions seen on screen — during the ride. The patent uses the example of passengers in an asteroid field or flying with fire-breathing dragons as ways the technology can simulate explosions from destroyed asteroids or heat from fire to enhance the experience. However, images in the patent of the suits have a close resemblance to the Iron Man suit from Marvel comics and films — especially a feature in the center of the chest pieces that resemble Iron Man’s arc reactor, which powers the suit.

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