Super Nintendo World

We’re getting ever closer to next year’s grand opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan. Planned to open in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Super Nintendo World will feature rides and other attractions based on popular Nintendo franchises. Development on this theme park is coming in phases, and we finally have details as to what the first phase entails.

Speaking with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Universal Parks and Resorts CEO Tom Williams discussed what we can expect from the park in its early stages. The first phase will consist of two rides, restaurants and stores, and an interactive experience which runs throughout the entirety of the park. The rides are based on Mario Kart and Yoshi and will be called Super Mario Kart Ride and Yoshi’s Adventures, respectively. Park attendees can also visit famous Nintendo landmarks such as Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Castle.

One of the cooler aspects of Super Nintendo World, however, is that the park is planned to be interactive. Attendees will be given a magnetic wristband, allowing them to play games throughout, even on the rides. The wristband will also interface with a game console (presumably the Switch) allowing you not only to keep score but also to build on it on subsequent visits.

Unfortunately for fans across the world, Universal is focusing on bringing Super Nintendo World to Japan first. Though they will eventually be bringing it to Universal parks worldwide, no timeline was given for this process, just an assurance that it would, in fact, be happening.

What would you like to see come in Super Nintendo World’s future phases?


Steven Rollins
Steven has been involved in video game reporting for over five years now. In his spare time, he can be found speedrunning, writing fanfiction, or watching as much anime as he possibly can.


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