Super Mario joins the party at Universal Studios Japan

Super Nintendo World is slated to open at Universal Studios Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

According to the official press release, Super Nintendo World will feature a new guest experience that blends the physical world with the video game world, where they can “feel as if they are playing inside their favourite Nintendo video games – in real life”.

Super Nintendo World announcement

Developed with Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, the one-of-a-kind attraction is expected to function as a mini theme park within the Osaka theme park.

Park-goers can slap on a wearable wristband called the Power Up Band, each themed to a different character. The band works with a smartphone app, and guests explore the themed area to collect digital coins and hit question blocks, akin to the Super Mario game.

Guests can also obtain collectable items, such as character stamps, by achieving various goals. Coins are allocated for each stamp, with the total number of coins earned by each guest ranked with all other guests in the park.

In addition, Key Challenges will feature throughout the Super Nintendo World area. By collecting a certain number of digital keys, guests can cooperate with others who also have keys to unlock additional gameplay opportunities, including Boss Battles against various enemy characters. Game locations such as the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario Kart, Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Fortress will also feature.

In addition, the press release also stated the immersive land is expected to be replicated by Universal theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Singapore, in the future.

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