The Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka will welcome its long-awaited Nintendo-themed area, which includes a Mario Kart ride, next year.
As the official Twitter for the theme park revealed on Monday, Super Nintendo World is set to open on Feb. 4. Featuring tributes and loving recreations of Nintendo’s franchise, but specifically the Super Mario series of games, the area will launch with a Mario kart ride that utilizes augmented reality headsets. To coincide with the announcement of the opening date, Universal Studios also shared a few images of what fans can expect to see when it opens.
— Orlando Informer (@OrlandoInformer) November 30, 2020
Bloomberg reporter Kurumi Mori detailed the Mario kart attraction further on Twitter, revealing that it's called Koopa's Challenge and is inside Bower's castle. While guests line up for the ride, they will be able to see more of the castle, which will undoubtedly include many references to the Mario games.
Each kart for the ride has four seats, and riders will have some control through the steering wheel but it'll also be on rails. The AR headset will give users the opportunity to collect items and throw shells at other karts on the track. Nintendo and Universal is already rumored to be building an additional area next to the Mario Kart zone, with it expected to focus on Donkey Kong.
Every rider is given a slim headset with a visor, presumably for AR. Each Mario Kart has 4 seats and each seat has a steering wheel. The kart is definitely on rails but riders are given some control. They also collect items and “throw shells” at other karts. pic.twitter.com/1gchg1qVLX
— Kurumi Mori (@rumireports) November 30, 2020
Japan's #SuperNintendoWorld will open on Feb. 4, 2021 in Osaka.@rumireports gets a world’s first look at @USJ_Official's real-life #Mario Kart. More: https://t.co/T9nUMnB1UB #任天堂 pic.twitter.com/oZku1gwQTj
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) November 30, 2020
Check out what Twitter had to say about the opening for the area below.
I'm in the crying club at how cool the Mario Kart ride and extras look at Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan 😭😍 pic.twitter.com/Hliop8ctlI
— eU Bear (@BearUNLV) November 30, 2020
just transport me to the Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Japan theme park PLEASE pic.twitter.com/8GBjal5dNN
— SAB (@Sabby) November 30, 2020
It's official: Super Nintendo World is opening on February 4, 2021 at Universal Studios Japan.
I was hoping to be there for opening day, but, yeah..... pic.twitter.com/tEw023Qv1p
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) November 30, 2020
Japan gets to have Super Nintendo World pic.twitter.com/6PbwlNwZAY
— 𝒢. 🌙 (@gessekaii) November 30, 2020
Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan is officially opening February 4th, 2021..
This don't even look real bruh. 😭 pic.twitter.com/qpngKyqY8u
— Big Boss (@LordBalvin) November 30, 2020
Bwa ha ha ha!!
You can meet the real Bowser at Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan
Also the world of Mario Kart, using AR technology and projection mapping etc., is waiting you.
It will open on February 2nd ,2021 pic.twitter.com/jCtttHjvgu
— Kengo Kamo 加茂謙吾 (@kamo__k) November 30, 2020
I can't believe Super Nintendo World is opening February in Japan.
gotta wait a little longer for Orlando! 😭 pic.twitter.com/c8vtXzsyk5
— JOURDON⚡ (@DynamoSuperX) November 30, 2020
Super Nintendo World at Universal Japan 😱😱😱 JEEEEEZ pic.twitter.com/hROqbXQNTA
— Jake Holland (@jakeholla) November 30, 2020
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