We’ve known for quite a while that a collaboration between Nintendo and Universal Studios for a theme park is on the way, and now we have a first look, of sorts, of what’s to come.
The concept video released by Universal doesn’t give us a view at the real life imagery that we’ll eventually be able to experience, but it does give us an idea of what it might end up looking like. If the clip is anything to go by, Super Nintendo World, as it’s been appropriately named, will be a sprawling attraction built to resemble a piece of Mushroom Kingdom from the Mario series. Check it out, below.
Given that the park’s name doesn’t specify Mario, it’s still possible that we’ll see other popular Nintendo franchises represented at Super Nintendo World. As it is, there are reports floating around that a Mario Kart ride will somehow be included, which sounds like every Nintendo fan’s dream come to life.
The first Super Nintendo Land will open in Universal Studios Japan, which is located in the city of Osaka. No firm release date exists, just yet, but it’s expected to come before the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. Last summer, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, made an appearance in the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics dressed as Mario.
Super Nintendo Land attractions have been confirmed to open at Universal Studios California and Florida sometime after the park launches in Japan.
Jeff Pawlak is the Nintendo Expert on the Geekiverse; he’s been exploring dungeons as Link, leaping across obstacles as Mario, and blasting aliens as Samus for the past 23 years. You can find him on Twitter @JeffreyPavs, where he’s never short on words for what’s going in the world of Nintendo.
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