Super Nintendo World Opening in Osaka, Japan

Annikka Tuttle, Contributor

“Super Nintendo World” has announced its grand opening on February 4, 2021, as an addition to the Universal Studios theme park in Osaka, Japan. The new park was originally scheduled to open alongside the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, before both events were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Universal Studios Japan is currently open and operating at half capacity also due to the pandemic.

Super Nintendo World has been in development for more than six years and cost $433 million to build. The park features attractions based on Shigeru Miyamoto’s wildly popular Mario video game series, as well as live entertainment, gift shops, and restaurants. Fan-favorite characters like Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess Peach and many more will make appearances within the theme park.

Super Nintendo World will be an immersive gaming experience where visitors can compete against each other. Guests will be able to punch overhead question blocks to collect virtual coins, mirroring the gameplay of Mario games in real life. Park guests can use power-up wristbands linked to their smartphones in order to collect virtual currency and keys within the park. Visitors can also use a Nintendo Switch to interact with special park features.

The first official Mario Kart ride to be unveiled is called “Koopa’s Challenge.” The ride is located within Bowser’s Castle, which features a large, menacing statue of the infamous villain, Bowser, when you first step inside. Koopa’s Challenge riders will wear headsets that allow them to dive into the racing game. The ride will include Mario Kart locations such as the Mushroom Kingdom and Koopa Lane. Other attractions announced include Princess Peach’s Castle and Yoshi’s Adventure.