Three years after its development was officially announced, Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World will finally launch this summer, and suffice it to say we’re super excited!
But before we start smashing through bricks and looking for Super Mushrooms, let’s have a quick rundown on what the Super Nintendo World is all about.
“Think of Super Nintendo World as a life-size, living video game where you become one of the characters,” Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer for Universal Creative Thierry Coup said at the global kick-off presentation event for USJ’s newest addition. “You’re not just playing the game—you’re living the game, you’re living the adventure.”
Yes, you pictured it right—Super Nintendo World will be an immersive area where park visitors will instantly feel as if they’re inside their favorite Nintendo video games. It will feature shops, a restaurant, and of course, a variety of themed rides that cater to all ages and levels of gaming experience.
Visitors can immerse themselves in iconic Nintendo video game worlds including Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle, and Bowser’s Castle. Of course, there’s also going to be a Mario Kart experience in the area. You will also be able to explore the rest of Super Nintendo World on the back of a Yoshi—just like what Mario does in the games!
To help make every guest’s interactive experience seamless, Universal Studios Japan developed a custom-designed wearable wristband called the Power-Up Band.
The band will allow visitors to interact with several park features all over Super Nintendo World—including punchable Question Blocks which will give them the chance to accumulate coins and stamps. They can keep track of their collection using the Universal Studios Japan smartphone app, which they can also use to compete with the rest of the park guests, just like competing to get a high score in a video game.
These Power-Up Bands have different character themes, so whether you’re a fan of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Yoshi, you can show them some love by sporting their Power-Up Bands.
Apart from coins and stamps, guests can collect digital keys and take part in Key Challenges. By collecting a certain number of keys, park guests can “play together” to unlock other experiences, including Boss Battles against iconic Nintendo villains.
While the Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan is the first in the world, the Universal theme parks in Singapore, Hollywood, and Orlando will soon follow suit.
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For a visual preview, check out the official Super Nintendo World music video below:
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