The long-anticipated Super Nintendo World theme park is to open in Japan next year, but fans will be treated to an early surprise ahead of the launch.
A Mario Cafe & Store selling exclusive snacks and souvenirs will open this month ahead of the 2021 opening of the park.
Among the menu items will be pancake sandwiches in the shape of Mario’s and Luigi’s hats in a variety of flavours such as strawberry shortcake and grape.
Cream sodas and soft drinks in super mushroom cups will also be available, along with Nintendo souvenirs.
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The theme park was initially due to open this summer but was postponed due to coronavirus.
While exact dates have not been given, it now aims to open in early 2021.
Sadly, with Australia’s international borders closed, there’s no telling when Aussie Super Nintendo fans will be able to check out the park, however Japan may be one of the first safe countries Australians will return to.
Fans of the games will be able to play Yoshi’s Adventures, an omnimover-style ride (used by Disney rides such as Haunted Mansion and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster) that takes passengers along a track with views of the park as well as animatronic scenes.
Guests will sit in Yoshi-themed cars as they travel throughout the land.
There will also be a real-life Mario Kart ride where you can race your friends, although how it works is yet to be revealed.
While in the park, guests will play Super Mario in real life using “power-up bands”.
The bands will track and sync activities while walking around the park, letting guests collect coins and compete with other people.
The bands appear to have six options based on the characters – Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Toad and Yoshi.
The app will show visitors where to find coins – and hit a real-life question block – as well as feature a map of the attractions.
After creating a profile, fans of the games can then try and beat each other.
Scores could even be sent back to the Nintendo game console to build up for another visit to the park, Universal Parks and Resorts chairman and CEO Tom Williams said last year.
Senior vice president and chief creative officer with Universal Creative, Thierry Coup, said the park would give fans the experience of “living the game”.
“Think of Super Nintendo World as a life-size, living video game where you become one of the characters. You’re not just playing the game; you’re living the game, you’re living the adventure,” he said.
The next Nintendo land is likely to open in Universal Studios Hollywood, with Orlando opening after that.
There are also rumours of a Donkey Kong and Princess Peach ride at the Super Nintendo Land in Universal Studios Orlando.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission