Last month, Universal Studios gave us a pre-first-look into the highly-anticipated Super Nintendo World. Universal Studios Japan presented us with some incredible visuals, including renderings of a Mario Cafe & Store along with some other teaser photos. This week, the moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived – Universal released a slew of new details and a true first look inside the real-life Super Nintendo World. Yes, it’s in Japan, but this will whet our appetites for when we finally get a Super Nintendo World USA in 2021.
The park was set to open this year, but after several delays, Super Nintendo World in Osaka is set to open its doors on February 4. The teaser clip boasts, “The world’s first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride will immerse guests into the universe of Nintendo.”
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Inside Bowser’s castle, guests pass an enormous statue of the grumpy villain we love to hate before strapping themselves into some real-life Mario Karts. The interactive ride called “Koopa’s Challenge” is complete with Mario-themed AR helmets for a fully-immersive experience, along with some element of competition (but please leave your banana peels at home).
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“Guests will race through the Mushroom Kingdom, steering their way around the track, throwing shells at Koopa Lane, racing alongside Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach,” Thomas Geraghty, Executive producer of Universal Creative said at a press conference.
The theme park will contain several other exciting attractions, including Yoshi’s Adventure and Peach’s Castle. Even a Donkey Kong ride is set to open within the park, checking off another important box on our list of childhood favorites. Restaurants, stores, and decor are all modeled around iconic elements of Nintendo’s most beloved games, making this an immersive experience we can’t wait to explore.
Universal Studios Japan has been operating at 50% capacity due to COVID, and it appears as though Super Nintendo World will function similarly. Rides and attractions will be sanitized between each use to ensure guests’ safety.
Watch the teaser video below, and start practicing your shell-throwing for your inevitable visit to this Super Nintendo wonderland.