Last week, Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, held a comedy-filled ceremony to commemorate the ground-breaking construction of Super Nintendo World!
The park expansion, representing an investment of more than 60 billion Yen, aims to bring the delights of Nintendo's best loved characters and worlds off the screen and into the real world, for thrill seekers of all ages to enjoy. Ambitions for the project include opening in time for the 2020 Olympic Games which will be held in neighbouring Tokyo.
What Can We Expect?
Rumours abound as to what the park will look like, with rendered maps and more leaking left, right and centre. The Official Universal Studios Japan Twitter have been releasing more credible insights into the planned aesthetic hinting at a very Mario-centric vibe including classic piranha plants, green pipes and brightly coloured bricks as far as the eye can see.
At this time the only confirmed attractions for the park are: a Mario Kart experience which Nintendo promises will go "beyond what Nintendo fans and theme park fans have ever seen" and Princess Peach's castle, although this may be in a similar walk-through capacity to its Disney equivalents.
Given the wide expanse of characters and realms at the disposal of Universal Creative (Universal Studio's answer to Disney's Imagineers) it's almost impossible to guess what might be featured: a Donkey Kong Koaster; Hylian Hero Training; or maybe Kirby's Epic Playland?
While a lot of question-marked blocks still hang in the air, one thing is for certain — with such a creative team at work, exciting things are sure to be in store when the park opens its gates in 2020.
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