The opening of Super Nintendo World, Universal Studios Osaka's latest theme park, has unfortunately experienced multiple delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The park, which is mostly completed, has remained closed and empty, while a Mario-themed cafe and store opened in the park's main area in an attempt to tide fans over.
However, Universal Studios and Nintendo have officially announced that Super Nintendo World will be opening on February 4, 2021.
Members of the media, including representatives from IGN Japan, were given an exclusive sneak peek at the park in order to celebrate this announcement. Reports are coming in, and it looks like Super Nintendo World is absolutely packed with Mario-themed rides, attractions and experiences.
The imposing Bowser's Castle features an enormous bronze sculpture of the Koopa King himself, alongside a collection of trophies inspired by various entries in the Mario Kart series. Visitors to the park can take pictures with the trophies as they wait in line for the fast-paced kart racing ride, Koopa's Challenge. The ride, which utilizes augmented reality (AR) and projection mapping technology, has guests board Mario Kart-inspired vehicles and don AR helmets shaped like Mario's iconic cap. From there, riders must complete an extra-tricky kart course created by Bowser while launching shells at the meddling Koopa Kids. The ride will reportedly feature both "win" and "loss" scenarios, meaning that players can have a different experience each time they ride.
Other areas of the park will include an attraction called "Yoshi's Adventure," a mushroom-shaped cafe, a version of Princess Peach's castle, and a classic Super Mario Bros. level featuring moving Question Blocks, coins, Warp Pipes, Piranha Plants, and more. Visitors will be able to purchase "Power Up Bands" which will feature challenges to complete and achievements to unlock while exploring the park.
Currently, the Japanese government is not allowing tourists into the country due to COVID-19. Hopefully, these restrictions will be lifted soon so that Nintendo fans from all over the world can visit the park once it is officially open.