Super Nintendo World is opening up in Japan on February 4, 2021, a bit faster than we expected. The news comes alongside a few early impressions of the park and a particularly exciting ride: the AR Mario Kart ride, Koopa’s Challenge. I already wrote a bit about the specifics of the ride last night, but a recently released video from Kurumi Mori provides some additional visual context for the ride. Check it out in the tweet embedded below.
Japan's #SuperNintendoWorld will open on Feb. 4, 2021 in Osaka.@rumireports gets a world’s first look at @USJ_Official's real-life #Mario Kart. More: https://t.co/T9nUMnB1UB #??? pic.twitter.com/oZku1gwQTj
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) November 30, 2020
As covered in my article from last night, Koopa’s Challenge seems like a pretty advanced, competitive ride for families to enjoy at Super Nintendo World. The glimpses we got of the ride in the video above are very impressive – Koopa’s Challenge looks like a real, bona fide Mario Kart track. AR and competition between two karts should be a cherry on top in bringing the experience to life. In the video, Mori mentions that construction on the ride apparently began six years ago. That seems like a very long time, but just from the short look we got, I believe it. Koopa’s Challenge looks like a ton of work went into it.
Are you interested in checking out Super Nintendo World? Do you think Koopa’s Challenge looks like a good time? Let us know in the comments below.