• Universal Studios Japan announcement hints at Super Nintendo Land details

    By: Shelley Caran


    OSAKA, Japan - Earlier this morning, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka held a Groundbreaking Ceremony to announce preliminary details about Super Nintendo World, the 60 Billion Yen ( $544,680,000 USD) addition to the park.

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    Super Nintendo World is set to open in 2020, just ahead of the Summer Olympics, and will offer guests a technologically advanced and immersive journey into some of the most beloved video games in the world.

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    For the announcement Mario traveled through the Mushroom Kingdom on stage before he was joined by several Universal and Nintendo executives who spoke about the upcoming Super Nintendo World.

    "The new Nintendo themed area will have different levels and will offer guests a unique experience...it will have attractions, retail, and restaurants." according to Universal Studios Japan CEO Jean-Louis Bonnier.

    Then Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative Universal Parks & Resorts, took to the stage with an announcement that theme park fans have been anxiously awaiting. He confirmed that a key part of Super Nintendo World will be the Mario Kart Experience.

    “We've been working together to make the Mario Kart Experience an attraction that is unlike any the world has ever seen. The most immersive and cutting edge technological attraction that we could possibly imagined,” said an excited Woodbury.

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    And you couldn't have a Super Nintendo World Groundbreaking without hearing from Shigeru Miyamoto, video game developer best known for being the creator of the Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda among others &  current acting Representative Director of Nintendo.

    “Here Nintendo games will come to life. Guests will be able to enter a world of excitement where they will feel as if they are playing inside Nintendo video games,” said Miyamoto.


    After the Groundbreaking Ceremony was complete, Universal Studios Japan then released a CG tour of the new Super Nintendo World giving us a glimpse into what the completed land could include.

    At the start of the video, we see Mario entering Super Nintendo World through a portal with the familiar 'Start A' button. I can only assume that the entrance to the world will be similar, as this is the way that Nintendo games begin.

    After running through the tunnel to enter the Mushroom Kingdom, we meet a family as they stand in front of King Koopa Fortress (complete with Piranha Plants) that is sure to be a great spot for fun pictures.

    As Mario runs around Super Nintendo World before rising on the iconic flagpole we also get a glimps Peach & Bowsers castle, Peach and Toad at a meet and greet with guests, two story play space, and retail areas.

    Will the rotating coins make the cut? Will we be able to  jump like Mario between different levels of platforms?

    We will just patiently have to wait to see, as we in Orlando are still awaiting more details for Super Mario Land at Universal Studios Florida, rumored to be built in the Woody Woodpecker KidZone.


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