Although Universal Studios first announced their plans to build a Nintendo theme park dubbed “Super Nintendo World” back in 2015, the construction of the facility just finally began in Osaka, Japan. To coincide with the groundbreaking ceremony, Universal Studios prepared a couple of trailers to give fans an idea of what they might see once the park is completed. The first is mostly CGI, showing Mario zip around a vibrant Mario landscape as onlookers jump and wave at everyone’s favorite plumber. That said, the video alludes to fans arriving through a warp pipe that will bring them into Mario’s world. Check it out!
Additionally, it seems that both Bowser and Princess Peach’s castles will be included as attractions within the park which in themselves offer a varied feel. At the very least the trailer shows that Universal appears to be devoting the same kind of time, love and care that they put into their other parks across the globe. Speaking of, you can also check out the groundbreaking ceremony itself where some of the heads of the project dished out some information relating to their plans for the park. Give it a watch below.
First and foremost, President of Universal Creative Mark Woodbury announced what many fans were surely hoping for when he confirmed a Mario Kart experience. Specifically, Woodbury says,
“It gives me particularly great pleasure to make an announcement that we know the fans have been waiting for and that is to let the world know that a key part of Super Nintendo World will be a Mario Kart experience. Together we have been working to make [the] Mario Kart experience an attraction that is unlike any the world has ever seen.”
Any hardcore Nintendo fan will surely be pleased to know that a Mario Kart ride is in the works. Frankly, they’d have been foolish to not incorporate one of their most popular titles. The CEO and Representative Director at Universal Studios Japan, J.L. Bonnier, also added that the park would naturally incorporate retail stores and eateries in addition to the main attractions.
The one and only Shigeru Miyamoto also spoke briefly at the groundbreaking about how excited he is for fans to experience and immerse themselves into their favorite Nintendo worlds once the park is open to the public. Unfortunately, Super Nintendo World isn’t slated to open until 2020, around the same time that Japan hosts the Summer Olympics. Even then, the legions of North American fans will have a ways to go to experience Super Nintendo World as no plans for a location in U.S. have yet been announced.
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