A theme park dedicated to the iconic Nintendo gaming franchise will open its doors in early 2021.
Super Nintendo World will finally welcome its first guests next spring when it opens as part of the Universal Studios Japan complex in Osaka.
The attraction is themed entirely on Nintendo games – with heavy inspiration from the flagship Super Mario series.
It’s been designed to appeal to all generations of gamers – from those who has the original NES to modern fans with the latest Switch consoles and everyone in between.
Park chiefs have revealed guests will be able to take part in a real-life Mario Kart ride, and a ride dedicated to Mario’s faithful companion Yoshi.
In fact, leaked concept art suggests the infamous Rainbow Road will be recreated – with the ability to launch bananas and shells from their kart.
And as an added extra, Super Nintendo World will be an entirely interactive attraction. Visitors will wear a ‘Power Up Band’ – a smart wristband that lets them play for points in the land, including jumping and hitting blocks to collect virtual coins and items., or compete against fellow visitors for high scores.
It was originally due to open this year ahead of the 2020 Tokoyo Olympics but the plans were forced to be shelved following the coronavirus pandemic.
They have yet to reveal a specific opening date, however park bosses are already giving fans a taster of whats to come in a series of newly released photos and the opening of a Nintendo-themed cafe in the park’s Hollywood section.
The world’s first Mario Cafe & Store will offer exclusive themed food and merchandise, including Super Mario pancake sandwiches shaped like Mario and Luigi’s iconic hats, as well as themed souvenir bottles, limited edition drinks and more.
The exterior will feature oversized Mario and Luigi hat sculptures, as well as the iconic red and green color scheme from the Mushroom Kingdom.
At the time of writing, Japan is exempt from the Foreign Office’s ‘all but essential travel’ advice, however British travellers hoping to visit the country on a short term basis eg for holidays are currently being denied entry.
They have also suspended its visa waiver for anyone holding a British passport and there is currently no indication of when this might change – but fingers crossed this will be lifted in time for Spring.
However Universal Studios and Nintendo plan to open similar themed areas at the Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore parks in the near future.