Attention all Mario fans, it’s time to set aside your consoles and transform into your favourite Mario character at the upcoming Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan! Exact details are still scarce, but here’s a quick guide of what we know so far…
Getting tickets to Universal Studios Japan
While it has not yet been announced as to whether you’ll require additional tickets to enter Super Nintendo World, you will definitely need a ticket to enter Universal Studios Japan, and with so much to see and do in the new Super Nintendo World, the last thing you’d want is to be waiting in line! Luckily for you, you can pre-book your tickets on Klook to skip-the-lines and enter the park directly with your mobile e-voucher! 📲
You can also pair your admission ticket with a Universal Express Pass to skip-the-line to some of the park’s most popular attractions like The Flying Dinosaur, giving you more time for Super Nintendo World!
1. It’s opening in July at Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Super Nintendo World will launch this summer ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as part of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. But you might be asking yourself; “What actually is Super Nintendo World?“
“Think of Super Nintendo World as a life-size, living video game where you become one of the characters. You’re not just playing the game; you’re living the game, you’re living the adventure,” said Thierry Coup, the Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, Universal Creative, in a global presentation event on 14th January 2020.
2. Take the chequered flag in a real-life Mario Kart ride
No more challenging your friends in the arcade. Instead, step right into the driver’s seat of your very own Mario Kart in what is said to be an “ultra-immersive” experience! Super Nintendo World will also bring to life Nintendo’s most iconic locations, including Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle, and Bowser’s Castle!
You can even ride on the back of Yoshi to explore Super Nintendo World!
3. Collect Coins and climb the leaderboard with a Power-Up Band
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And at the end of the day, what’s a video game if you can’t emerge champion, right? Well Super Nintendo World visitors will have to buy a Power-Up Band and pair it with the Universal Studios Japan app on their phone to enjoy the full immersive experience. The Power-Up Bands are themed to different characters, which means you can wear one based on your favourite Mushroom Kingdom character! (This kinda makes us all winners!)
That’s when the real game starts! While wearing a Power-Up Band, you can hit a real-life ‘?’ block and collect coins. Don’t slack off as the total number of coins earned will be used to rank everybody in the park! Go on – unleash your competitive spirit and clock in your best score!
4. Work together to fight the Boss
Take your Super Nintendo World experience to the next level by fighting the ‘Boss’ with your family, friends, and fellow visitors! With your Power-Up Bands, you can take part in “Key Challenges” across the area to collect digital ‘keys’. You can then use these ‘keys’ and work with other visitors to unlock additional gameplay opportunities, including “Boss Battles” against enemy characters!
5. Spot more Mario experiences in this MTV
Universal Studios Japan also dropped the “We Are Born to Play” music video, which is a collaboration between internationally-known dance music duo, Galantis and global pop superstar, Charli XCX. It’s said to showcase the activities based on the real and interactive experiences available at Super Nintendo World like hitting the blocks to gather coins. What else can you spot?
6. Super Nintendo World is also coming to Singapore!
While Universal Studios Japan will be the first Universal theme park to feature Super Nintendo World, it was also announced that the themed land will be coming to Universal Studios in the USA and Singapore! When exactly that will be? We don’t know (yet), but we honestly can’t wait!