Super Nintendo World set to open in Japan

The Super Nintendo World theme park will open at Universal Studios Japan on February 4, 2021, in Osaka, Japan. Image © Nintendo
The Super Nintendo World theme park will open at Universal Studios Japan on February 4, 2021, in Osaka, Japan.
Image © Nintendo

Universal Studios Japan will hold the grand opening of Super Nintendo World on February 4, 2021, in Osaka, Japan. It will bring to life a highly themed and immersive land featuring Nintendo’s legendary worlds, characters, and adventures where guests will be able to play inside their favourite Nintendo games.

Super Nintendo World will feature Mario Kart- and Yoshi-themed rides and attractions, as well as restaurants, shops, and other experiences that can only be found at Universal Studios Japan. The colourful and interactive area offers a new theme park experience that lets guests immerse themselves in the world by wearing a Power-up Band, an innovative technology to help bring gameplay to life and allow guests to keep score.

Universal Studios Japan will have a Mario Kart theme park ride, Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge, as well as Bowser’s Castle. The inside of the castle has a mysterious atmosphere with stone walls, spiked fences, and heavy iron doors along with a massive stone statue of Bowser at the centre of a grand staircase. The powerful scale of the statue makes one feel as if Bowser will suddenly start to move.

“At the heart of the castle lies the world’s first ever Mario Kart theme park ride based on the Mario Kart series of games, which have sold over 150 million units. Universal Creative has partnered with Nintendo to bring a real-life racing adventure to Universal Studios Japan with Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge. Guests will put on their headset which takes them through the Mario Kart universe to experience never-ending excitement and thrills,” said Thomas Geraghty, senior director, innovation and global executive producer for Mario Kart.

The interactive Mario Kart theme park ride at Super Nintendo World allow guests to race through the iconic courses of Mario Kart with their favourite Nintendo characters and be transported into the Nintendo worlds where they are not just playing the game, they are actually being immersed in the game. They will steer into the Mushroom Kingdom and throw shells as they race to the finish line with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach.

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