Super Nintendo World’s Japan Location Will Bring the Mushroom Kingdom to Life This February

by Jason Venter

A Closer Look at Super Nintendo World

The pandemic has thrown lives into disarray. All over the world, it has disrupted projects, isolated individuals from the people and the activities they love. We’re all working to bring things back to normal, but some regions are finding more success than others. Japan is one of the successful ones. Accordingly, the Super Nintendo World project is nearing completion and should arrive early next year.

Super Nintendo World, for those who don’t already know, is a branch of the Universal Studios theme park devoted to all things Mario. The Osaka, Japan location is now scheduled to open on February 4, 2021, according to a DailyHive report.

Attractions at the park notably include a Mario Kart ride through Bowser’s Castle, made possible with AR and projection mapping technology. Riders will equip helmets shaped like Mario’s famous red cap before racing through a fantasy kingdom where COVID-19 is (if only briefly) a distant memory.

“Race your way to victory!” the official Super Nintendo World site encourages potential guests. “Challenge enemies with shells! Aim for the finish line with Mario and Peach! The world’s first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride will leave you with a rush of adrenaline!”

Super Nintendo World will feature diversions that take place in other portions of the Super Mario universe, as well. In one such event, players will consult a map as they hunt for three mysterious eggs and search for Captain Toad. As we all know, the Mushroom Kingdom is a wondrous place, perhaps easier for some to recognize than a similarly amazing destination such as Disneyland.

According to a post on the Orlando Informer site, Super Nintendo World locations will open in the United States in Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida, presumably in 2022 or 2023. A Singapore location is also planned. For now, though, it looks like your best shot at a Mushroom Kingdom tour is a plane ticket to Japan, once the pandemic has been taken out of play with a well-timed blue shell.

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