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Super Nintendo World to Open in February at Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan announced today it will hold its grand opening of the world’s first Super Nintendo World on February 4, 2021. The grand opening will kick off the park’s year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Super Nintendo World will bring to life a highly-themed and immersive land featuring Nintendo’s legendary worlds, characters and adventures where guests will be able to play inside their favorite Nintendo games.

Super Nintendo World will feature Mario Kart– and Yoshi-themed rides and attractions, as well as restaurants, shops and other experiences that can only be found at Universal Studios Japan.

The colorful and interactive area offers a new theme park experience that lets guests immerse themselves in the world by wearing a Power-Up Band, an innovative technology to help bring gameplay to life and allow guests to keep score. Guests with a Power-Up Band can also punch ? Blocks, collect virtual coins and more to bring the experience of playing Super Mario games to the real world.

Universal Studios Japan released new footage (watch below) of the world’s first Mario Kart theme park ride, Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge, as well as new images of the land, rides and the interior of Bowser’s Castle.

The inside of Bowser’s Castle has a mysterious atmosphere with stone walls, spiked fences and heavy iron doors along with a massive stone statue of Bowser at the center of a grand staircase. The powerful scale of the statue makes one feel as if Bowser will suddenly start to move.

“At the heart of the castle lies the world’s first ever Mario Kart theme park ride based on the Mario Kart series of games, which have sold over 150 Million units,” said Thomas Geraghty, Sr. Director, Innovation & Global Executive Producer for Mario Kart.

“Universal Creative has partnered with Nintendo to bring a real-life racing adventure to Universal Studios Japan with Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge! Guests will put on their headset which takes them through the Mario Kart universe to experience never-ending excitement and thrills.”

The world’s first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride at Super Nintendo World will immerse guests into the worlds of Nintendo. Guests will race through the iconic courses of Mario Kart with their favorite Nintendo characters and be transported into the Nintendo worlds where they’re not just playing the game, they’re actually being immersed in the game.

They will steer into the Mushroom Kingdom and throw shells as they race to the finish line with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach! Win or lose, every race is a brand-new, life-sized Mario Kart experience.

Universal Studios Japan has partnered with the Universal Creative team and Nintendo’s creative team, including Nintendo Representative Director, Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto to create the world’s first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride at Super Nintendo World.

Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge is brought to life through a powerful story and characters, advanced technology in augmented reality, projection mapping, and screen projection combined with a physical set that recreates iconic environments in fantastic detail, only at Universal Studios Japan.

Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge

The world of Mario Kart and its courses all come to life at the park using state-of-the-art technology! Guests will throw shells and take out opponents to race ahead with Mario and Princess Peach! The all-new, life-sized Mario Kart experience has countless thrills and excitement in the world’s first Mario Kart ride experience.

Ride Time: Approximately 5 minutes
Capacity: 4 people (per vehicle)
Height Restriction: Must be over 122cm *92cm if accompanied by an adult

Yoshi’s Adventure

Guests will climb atop Yoshi’s back and follow Captain Toad on a treasure hunting adventure! Captain Toad has forgotten his treasure map. Guests need to find the 3 colored eggs that lead the way to the Golden Egg that Captain Toad was seeking.
Guests will encounter a spectacular view of the Mushroom Kingdom from Mount Beanpole while having fun on this ride that’s perfect for the whole family.

Ride Time: Approximately 5 minutes
Capacity: 2 people (per vehicle)
Height Restriction: Must be over 122cm *86cm if accompanied by an adult

Power-Up Band Key Challenge

Retrieve the Golden Mushroom that Bowser Jr. has stolen! Work your way through the games located throughout the area to collect three keys! Waiting for you is a dramatic boss battle with Bowser Jr. Jump, punch and use your entire body and all your instincts to win.

Recommended Age: 5 years and above
*Purchase of a Power-Up Band required for this experience.

Power-Up Band

Download the Universal Studios Japan app to your smartphone and link it with the Power-Up Band available for purchase in the Super Nintendo World area for an all-new way of experiencing the theme park! Collect virtual coins and check your ranking, collect stamps and use the Power-Up Band to experience the world of the games in real life!

Price: all colors ¥3,200 (tax incl.)
Available for purchase at USJ Official Online Ticket Store

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