On your mark, get set, Mario Kart! The first Super Nintendo World (SNW) planned for Universal Studios theme parks around the globe will open at Universal Studios Japan, just in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games.
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According to Attractions Magazine, Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, will have its Super Nintendo World land open sometime in the spring of 2020. A more definitive opening date will be established early next year.
The first two rides — Super Mario Kart Ride and Yoshi’s Adventures — have been confirmed for the first phase of the new land.
The new land will be highly interactive, with visitors wearing magnetic wristbands allowing them to interact with various levels of the park. Similar interactive devices are used with the magical wands at Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the lightsabers at Disney Parks’ Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. These wristbands are said to keep the score of the player as the explore and play different games across SNW.
Additionally, there are reports that these wristbands may also work with Nintendo’s latest game consoles.
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NBC Universal first announced the land concept of SNW in 2015, and construction on the Osaka expansion began in 2017.
Similar SNW-themed lands are planned for Universal Studios theme parks in Los Angeles, Orlando, and Singapore. No timeline has been established for the construction of SNW at these locations.
AECOM’s latest global attractions attendance report indicates Universal Studios Japan saw 14.3 million attendees in 2018, making it the fifth highest theme park attendance in the world — just behind Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland.
A new Universal Studios theme park is currently under construction in Beijing, and another location is currently planned near Seoul.
In August, the company announced plans to construct a third theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.