Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Super Nintendo World Announced for Universal Studios Japan

As promised recently, the first Nintendo related announcement for a Universal park wasn't far off, as Universal Studios Japan has announced the addition of Super Nintendo World.  The new land is planned to be open before the Olympics are held in Japan in 2020.  The project comes with a hefty price tag of 50 billion yen, or around $430 million - this is a very large expansion!

© Universal Studios Japan
Here is the initial concept art that has been released, just enough to get fans excited while still keeping plenty under wraps.  The press releases describes Super Nintendo World as featuring "expansive and multi-level environments filled with unprecedented, state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops, restaurants, all featuring Nintendo's most popular characters and games."  The new land will go up in some of the park's current parking area as well as space that was reserved for expansion already - so it sounds like nothing will be removed to fit Super Nintendo World.

No details were given on just what attractions will be added, but Universal recently filed some interesting patents that make it look like the Mario Kart ride so many want to see built just may come to life - that and a coaster-like ride with passengers in what appear to be a Donkey Kong mine cart.

Nintendo themed lands are also going to be subsequently built at Universal's parks in California and Florida.