Tremendous Nintendo World Theme Park Rides, opening date introduced

Universal Studios Japan announced today that they will hold the opening of the world first Super Nintendo World on February 4, 2021. This new date comes after a delay last summer and a more general release in spring 2021 that was announced in the fall. The video game-inspired theme park was designed to "bring to life a highly themed and fascinating land of Nintendo's legendary worlds, characters and adventures for guests to play in their favorite Nintendo games." The newly planned opening opens the celebration of the park's 20th anniversary. Further details and pictures from the press release follow below:

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Super Nintendo World features Mario Kart and Yoshi-themed rides and attractions, plus restaurants, shops, and other experiences, some of which are listed in the video above and "only found at Universal Studios Japan. The colorful and interactive area offers a new one." A theme park experience where guests can immerse themselves in the world with a power-up band. This innovative technology brings gameplay to life and allows guests to earn points. Guests with a power-up band can also beat “Block, collect virtual coins and more to bring the experience of playing Super Mario games to the real world.” Read on for a sneak peek at Super Nintendo World, including the world's first Mario kart Theme park ride, Mario Kart: Koopa's Challengeplus new images of the land, rides, and interior of Bowser's Castle.

The world of Nintendo games comes alive! Sneak Peek of Bowsers Castle released

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Images of one of the icons of the new area, Bowser's Castle, were released for the first time today. The interior of the castle has a mysterious atmosphere with stone walls, barbed fences and heavy iron doors, plus a massive stone statue of Bowser in the middle of a large staircase. The statue's mighty size makes it feel like Bowser is suddenly starting to move.

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Immerse yourself in the world of the game in the world's first Mario Kart theme park experience!

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“At the heart of the castle is the world's first Mario Kart theme park ride based on the Mario Kart game series that has sold over 150 million units. Universal Creative has partnered with Nintendo to bring a real racing adventure to Universal Studios Japan with Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge! The guests put on their headsets, which guide them through the Mario Kart universe to experience endless excitement and thrills, ”he explained Thomas Geraghty, Sr. Director, Innovation & Global Executive Producer for Mario Kart.

The world's first interactive ride with the Mario Kart theme park at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will immerse guests in the world of Nintendo. The guests race through the legendary Mario Kart tracks with their favorite Nintendo characters and are transported into the Nintendo worlds, in which they not only play the game, but actually immerse themselves in the game. You will steer into the Mushroom Kingdom and throw clams as you run to the finish line with Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach! Win or lose, every race is a brand new, life-size Mario Kart experience.

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


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SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will debut as the first multi-story land in Universal Studios Japan, where Peachs Castle and Bowsers Castle tower over the area. There are Mario Kart and Yoshi-themed rides and attractions, as well as restaurants, shops, and other experiences unique to Universal Studios Japan. It also offers guests a whole new kind of "Asobi" game experience in which they jump, hit? Blocks and collects virtual coins. Guests can buy a power-up tape in the country and sync it with their smartphone to keep track of their scores and compete with other park guests. At the Key Challenge attractions, guests can collect keys, collect character stamps, and more by using their entire body in dynamic activities across the country. Families and friends will unleash their passion to play in the new SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge (Ride)

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The world of Mario Kart and its courses come to life in the park with the latest technology! Guests will throw clams and take out opponents to advance with Mario and Princess Peach! The brand new life-size Mario Kart experience offers tons of thrills and excitement in the world's first Mario Kart driving experience.

Driving information:

  • Travel time: approx. 5 minutes

  • Capacity: 4 people (per vehicle)

  • Height Restriction: Must be over 122cm * 92cm when accompanied by an adult

Yoshi's Adventure (Ride)

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Guests climb on Yoshi's back and follow Captain Toad on a treasure hunt! Captain Toad forgot his treasure map. Guests must find the 3 colored eggs that lead to the golden egg that Captain Toad was looking for. Guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Mushroom Kingdom from Mount Beanpole while having fun on this ride that is perfect for the whole family.

Driving information:

  • Travel time: approx. 5 minutes

  • Capacity: 2 people (per vehicle)

  • Height Restriction: Must be over 122cm * 86cm when accompanied by an adult

Power Up Band Key Challenge: Get the Golden Mushroom Bowser Jr. stole!

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Work your way through games across the region to collect three keys! Waiting for you is a dramatic boss fight with Bowser Jr. Jump, hit and use your whole body and all your instincts to win.

  • Recommended age: 5 years and older

  • * Purchase of a power-up band required for this experience.

Revolutionary adventure park of the new generation made possible by the power-up band!

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Download the Universal Studios Japan app on your smartphone and link it to the power-up tape available in the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD section to experience the theme park in a whole new way! Collect virtual coins and check your ranking, collect stamps and use the power-up ribbon to experience the world of games in real life!

  • Sales plan and locations: See official website

  • Price: all colors ¥ 3,200 (inc.VAT)

  • Available from the USJ Official Online Ticket Store

  • * Available to purchase when purchasing a Universal Express Pass.

Covid19 precautionary measure

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Universal Studios Japan is currently operating at limited capacity and implementing strict measures to prevent the spread of infection. The health and safety of guests and the park crew is a top priority. The park's guests are offered enough personal space and the waiting times for popular attractions are comparatively short. (* The waiting times for each attraction can be checked in real time using the official Universal Studios Japan app.) We also ask that those wishing to visit the park use the online ticket shop whenever possible to ensure a smooth entry into the park to ensure receipt. Universal Studios Japan will always strive to provide guests with the best entertainment in the world by developing measures, innovations and special experiences that give guests the energy and vitality for tomorrow.

The health and safety of our guests and team members was and is our top priority at Universal Studios Japan. We are taking thorough measures to improve disinfection in accordance with the announced "Novel Coronavirus Spread Prevention Guideline for Theme Parks and Amusement Parks" by the central government and with advice from health authorities and medical experts. We will continue to provide guests with an exciting theme park experience where our guests can safely enjoy our entertainment. Please note that exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public place where people are present. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.

About Universal Studios Japan

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Universal Studios Japan is 100% owned by Comcast NBCUniversal. Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan has managed to establish its position as a major entertainment and leisure landmark, attracting many guests from distant areas in Japan as well as overseas. "Bringing You the Best of the World" – a theme park where guests can experience the best experiences in the world and create the best memories in the world. Universal Studios Japan offers world-class entertainment such as authentic attractions and shows based not only on Hollywood blockbusters but also popular entertainment brands and a variety of seasonal events that keep guests entertained.

Universal Studios Japan has evolved since it opened and recently accelerated its growth with the introduction of world-class entertainment experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Flying Dinosaur and Minion Park and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride. Super Nintendo World, a new area where you can enjoy entertainment featuring world-famous Nintendo characters and their worlds, is slated to open on February 4, 2021.

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