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Super Nintendo World opens February 2021, and we can’t wait to ride Mario Kart for real

Eagerly awaited video game theme park attraction Super Nintendo World will open February 4 2021, at Universal Parks Japan.

The grand opening of the Nintendo showcase will kick off a year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Osaka park.

Super Nintendo World promises to be an immersive land ‘featuring Nintendo’s legendary worlds, characters and adventures, allowing guests to play inside their favourite Nintendo games.’ 

There will be Mario Kart and Yoshi-themed rides and attractions, as well as restaurants and shops. It will also introduce a new “Asobi” experience that lets guests immerse themselves in the Nintendo world by wearing a Power-Up Band, an innovative technology that promises to bring gameplay to life.

Guests can purchase a Power-Up Band in the land and sync it to their smartphones to keep track of their score and compete with other park guests. Wearing the Power-Up Band, they can also punch Blocks, collect virtual coins and effectively bring the experience of playing Super Mario games to the real world.

At Key Challenge attractions, guests can collect keys, gather character stamps and take part in various activities.

The grand opening of Super Nintendo World will kick off a year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Universal Studios Japan Osaka park…

Central to the park is Bowser’s Castle. The inside of the castle boasts familiar looking stone walls, spiked fences and heavy iron doors along with a massive stone statue of Bowser at the center of a grand staircase.  

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 worldwide. 

Universal Creative has partnered with Nintendo’s creative team, including Nintendo Representative Director, Shigeru Miyamoto, to bring the racing game to life. Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge uses augmented reality (via a Mario cap headset), projection mapping, and screen projection, combined with a physical set that recreates the iconic gaming environments in painstaking detail.

Visitors will ‘race’ on rails through Mario Kart courses with their favourite Nintendo characters and be transported into the Nintendo worlds where they’re not just playing the game, but are actually immersed in the game, we’re told.

For younger visitors, there’s Yoshi’s Adventure

It’s not a roller coaster, but it does sound a lot of fun. Participants travel through Mushroom Kingdom and throw shells at competing karts as they head to the finish line with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. Win or lose, every ride is a brand-new, life-sized Mario Kart experience.

For younger Ninty fans, there’s Yoshi’s Adventure. Guests will climb atop Yoshi’s back and follow Captain Toad on a treasure hunting adventure. Captain Toad has forgotten his treasure map. Guests need to find the three coloured eggs that lead the way to the Golden Egg that Captain Toad was seeking.

Move over Mickey, it sounds like Mario wants to be the next theme park king.

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