Super Nintendo World isn’t the only awesome video game/theme park crossover going on in Japan. Japanese theme park Nijigen no Mori will be adding a new attraction based on Dragon Quest in spring 2021 for the 35th anniversary of the franchise, and one translation (via SoraNews24) for its name would be Dragon Quest Island: Zoma and the Island of Beginning. Zoma was the final boss of Dragon Quest III, an especially beloved entry in the franchise for NES, so he makes for a good dastardly villain to confront.
Dragon Quest Island will contain both natural and digital elements in order to create an “outdoor field RPG attraction” spread across (via Anime News Network) 8,000 square meters. The adventure will include an original story along with an original monster: Homirotto, a Healslime who guides attendees through their quest and offers advice. “Homirotto” is apparently a combination of “Hoimi Slime” (Healslime’s Japanese name) and “Roto,” the Japanese name for legendary series hero Erdrick.
SoraNews24 translated a tweet from Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii about Dragon Quest Island: “I’ve wanted to tell people about this for so long, and it was so hard keeping it a secret, but finally I can talk about it! A Dragon Quest town will be created at [Nijigen no Mori]! I hope you all enjoy it!”
Nijigen no Mori is incidentally the same theme park to let you go zip lining into Godzilla’s mouth, which is as cool as it sounds, so add this theme park and the Dragon Quest Island attraction to your list of reasons that you wish you lived in Japan.