We’ve been waiting a long time to see what Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan has in store for fans when Super Nintendo World opens its doors in 2021, and during a special Nintendo Direct video, we got a glimpse at the soon-to-open theme park area. In the video below, you can join legendary game designer and creator of Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, and more, Shigeru Miyamoto, for a special tour of the park.
You enter Super Nintendo World, appropriately, through a giant green pipe, but the nostalgic magic doesn’t stop there. When you emerge on the other side, you find yourself in the lobby of Peach’s castle, as it appeared in Super Mario 64, complete with Bob-omb Battlefield painting and the Peach’s Castle theme music. Miyamoto says that visitors can expect to hear a lot of tunes from the Super Mario series as they explore the park.
After leaving Peach’s Castle, you are hit with a stunning view of the park. In the middle is Mount Beanpole from Super Mario 3D World with a ton of enemies and a flagpole at the top. If you have a Power-Up Band, you can link your smartphone to see your score, coins, and digital stamps collected from activities and question mark blocks. Miyamoto also showed off an activity where you retrieve a key by timing a POW block just right. If you collect all the keys, you can face off against Bowser Jr. in a final battle.
As Miyamoto continues his tour, he takes us to a dimly lit underground area, complete with the iconic underground theme and more secrets to uncover using the Power-Up Band. As he ventures deeper, the world grows in scale to deliver the sensation that you’ve become mini like Mario sometimes does.
Of course, it’s not all about the Power-Up Band. Super Nintendo World also has various attractions, including rides featuring Mario Kart and Yoshi. Also, as you might expect, there’s a gift shop for you to grab all kinds of Nintendo souvenirs including t-shirts, hats, plushies, and other merchandise you can only get there. Super Nintendo World also serves special flavors of popcorn like Peach Caramel and Mushroom, but if you’re looking for a real meal, you can head to Kinopio’s Cafe for Mario-themed food prepared by Toads.
You can take the joyful tour with Shigeru Miyamoto for yourself below.
Super Nintendo World opens at Universal Studios Japan on February 4. There are additional plans to open Super Nintendo World parks in Hollywood, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Singapore in the future.
[Source: Nintendo on YouTube]