Super Nintendo World opens at Universal Studios Japan in 2021 after being delayed by coronavirus – and guests can play real versions of their favorite video games
- The Osaka attraction was slated to open in July before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
- Guests can play real versions of their favorite games, including Super Mario and Mario Kart
- A Mario-themed restaurant is set to open this week ahead of Super Nintendo World fully opens
Japan’s much-anticipated Super Nintendo World will finally open early next year.
The attraction was due to open at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka in July ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but has been delayed due to coronavirus restrictions.
It will now open in spring 2021, it has been confirmed, and guests can enjoy a ride on the beloved green dinosaur Yoshi and play real-life versions of their favorite games, including Super Mario and Mario Kart.
Super Nintendo World will open at Universal Studios Japan in spring 2021.
At a press conference in Osaka in January, it was confirmed that guests will be able to “enjoy an experience that connects the physical world with the world of video games – bringing the world of Nintendo to life”.
An experience based on Super Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom Universe.
Visitors can wear armbands called Power Up Bands that they can use to collect digital coins, just like Mario does in games.
While exploring the theme park, they can compete against others in “fun and friendly contests” to collect coins.
Visitors can also get collectable items like drawing stamps by completing different goals.
Ahead of the full opening of Super Nintendo World next year, Universal Studios Japan will be opening a Mario-themed restaurant in the park’s Hollywood district this week (October 16), offering dishes and drinks inspired by the character and friends are, as well as a restaurant gift shop.
According to the theme park, oversized hat sculptures by Mario and Luigi as well as the “iconic red and green color scheme from the kingdom of mushrooms” will be on display in the outdoor area of the restaurant and shop.
The interior will include “checkered floors based on the Mario Kart racing flags, LED signs and a glowing sky ceiling”.
A rendering shows the front of the Mario restaurant, which is due to open at Universal Studios Japan on October 16
The restaurant offers dishes and drinks inspired by the character Mario and his friends
The menu includes “Super Mario pancake sandwiches”, cream soda and drinks that guests can buy in a “Super Mushroom souvenir bottle”.
In the meantime, the gift shop will “sell goods with original designs from Universal Studios Japan, including characters such as Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach”.
The Nintendo Universal partnership was first introduced in November 2016.
Three more parks from the collaboration will open at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore.
The new Mario-themed gift shop offers “Goods with Original Designs from Universal Studios Japan”.
At a press conference in Osaka in January, it was confirmed in the picture that an experience in Super Nintendo World will be based on Super Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom Universe
Thierry Coup, Senior Vice President of Universal Creative, wears a “Power Up Band” bracelet. Visitors to the park can wear the wristbands to collect digital coins – just like the players in the Super Mario games