To say that Nintendo is a phenomenon in Japan would be a gross understatement. It’s become part of the Japanese identity at this point, symbolising creativity, fun, and a plumber who jumps. It looks like Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is going to make Nintendo a part of their identity too.
An article from TimeOut Tokyo reveals that Universal Studios Japan will be opening a ‘Super Nintendo World‘ in its theme park. It’s scheduled to be ready for visitors by mid-2020, just in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics happening in Tokyo.
There will be multiple rides featured across the park with one of the biggest attractions being a Mario Kart-themed ride. Concept art shared by one of the artists working on the project also shows a Donkey Kong attraction based on the games’ levels. A Yoshi ride will also be built.
Concept art for Donkey Kong at Super Nintendo World has been shared on the artistâ€™s portfolio site. The first images are for the left and right sides of the land, second set is main ride entrance through temple. Originally designed for USF, land now set to open at Epic Universe. pic.twitter.com/rx6hKcIOqw
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The attraction has been under construction since mid-2017 and some USJ visitors have already caught a glimpse of portions of the Super Nintendo World being built. Seeing as how we’re only a year away from the park’s completion, it’s definitely exciting to see it all come together.
The scenery of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD â„¢ viewed from various places.
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Personally, I just want them to allow me to wear Mario’s famous Tanuki suit and then let me glide across the entire park. Please, that’s all I have ever wanted.