After a bit of a delay due to the coronavirus, Super Nintendo World had a smooth grand opening at Universal Studios Japan on March 18, 2021. Now that the grand opening ceremony is done and the land is officially open for Guests, we want to share with you what you can expect when you visit Super Nintendo World.
There is so much to talk about when it comes to Super Nintendo World. So we are going to break it up into mushroom-sized bites for you! The land holds two brand-new attractions, themed dining and treats, interactive elements, and more.
Super Nintendo World is based on the Super Mario video game franchise, mixed with other Mario-based games as well such as Mario Kart. If you are a Nintendo or Mario fan you won’t want to miss a trip to Super Nintendo World.
How will Guests enter Super Nintendo World?
Let’s start at the very beginning, in order to enter into the Super Nintendo World land expansion at Universal Studios Japan you will have to go through a Warp Pipe. OF COURSE! This first unique detail truly sets the bar for the rest of the land as it is so highly themed and immersive — it truly will be like stepping right into your favorite Mario game!
What sound effects and lighting will accompany the entrance to Super Nintendo World?
The Warp Pipe entrance to Super Nintendo World will feature the classic sound effects from the Mario franchise with lights zooming all around you, and when you finally reach the end of the pipe, the land will be revealed to you! After you walk through the warp pipe be sure to look behind you to get a great look at Princess Peach’s Castle!
What makes the entrance to Super Nintendo World so unique?
Before you go into the entrance, there are three different warp pipes that you and your party will be able to take photos in before you enter Super Nintendo World. This is a great photo opportunity especially since it sits right under the Super Nintendo World sign.
Super Nintendo World will feature two brand-new attractions: Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge, and Yoshi’s Adventure. The Mario Kart ride will anchor the land as the show-stopping attraction that you will not want to miss. Yoshi’s Adventure will add great kinetic energy to the land as a colorful and more family-friendly attraction.
Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge
This is the part of Super Nintendo World that everyone has been waiting for. Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge will bring Guests through various memorable Mario Kart courses right out of the video game. You will attempt to win the Universal Cup while you throw shells and try not to spin out on Rainbow Road.
To enter Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge, you will enter through King Koopa’s Castle. In Japan, the character Bowser is referred to as King Koopa so we anticipate the attraction will be called Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge and the castle will be Bowser’s Castle.
What kind of ride will Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge be?
While Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge is a thrilling attraction, it is not a thrill ride. The attraction does not move quickly, it utilizes augmented reality to immerse the riders in the world of Mario via special Mario glasses all Guests wear when they ride.
The ride is perfect for anyone in your family who loves Mario though there is a height requirement. If your child is 107 cm they have to ride with an adult, to ride without an adult riders need to be at least 122 cm tall.
Race your way to victory! Iconic Mario Kart courses have been brought to life with cutting-edge technology. Challenge enemies with shells! Aim for the finish line with Mario and Peach! The world’s first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride will leave you with a rush of adrenaline!
Yoshi’s Adventure will be a family attraction that is both fun and colorful.
Hang on to Yoshi as you search for Captain Toad on a treasure hunt! Get a spectacular view of the Mushroom Kingdom from Mount Beanpole while having fun on this ride that’s perfect for the whole family.
What type of ride is Yoshi’s Adventure?
Part of this attraction will be uncovered and visible throughout the land bringing life and vibrancy to Super Nintendo World — and adding to the general atmosphere. This is a family-friendly attraction featuring many different colorful Yoshis that take you on a slow-moving adventure around the skies of Super Nintendo World.
You will not only get great views of Super Nintendo World when you ride Yoshi’s Adventure, you will also see some amazing animatronics!
What ages will enjoy the attractions at Super Nintendo World?
Essentially between Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge and Yoshi’s Adventure all ages can enjoy both attractions at Super Nintendo World, although there are minor height requirements.
After a race on the Mario Kart attraction, you might find yourself famished. Thankfully Universal has you covered! You can find some Mario themed fare to help you gain 1up at the Konopio’s Café prepared by Chef Toad himself:
Indulge in fun gourmet dishes crafted by Chef Toad.
Enjoy beautiful views of the Mushroom Kingdom from the windows.
What will be offered at Kinopio’s Café?
There is a ton of adorable food at Kinopio’s Café including a Mario-themed burger, Super Mushroom Pizza Bowl with Mushroom Tomato Sauce, Pirahna Plant Caprese, Block Tiramisu, and my favorite, the Princess Peach Cake that is made to share.
There are more than enough options for everyone in your party to find something they like after a long day of riding Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge.
What will the view be like at Kinopio’s Café?
While you dine at Kinopio’s Café you will have views of Super Nintendo World.
What Yoshi-themed snacks will be available at Super Nintendo World?
There is an entire snack stand that exclusively sells Yoshi-themed snacks at Super Nintendo World. Located underneath Yoshi’s Adventure attraction, Yoshi Snack Island sells yummy treats!
You can grab a Yoshi shell filled with yakisoba noodle and cheese, or if your thirsty two themed beverages are also sold. See photos here!
How much do the Power-Up Bands cost at Super Nintendo World?
The entire land can be your digital playground with a little help of a Power-Up Band. These innovative new brands are available for purchase for about $30 USD and link to the Universal app.
How do the Power-Up Bands at Super Nintendo World work?
You can use Power-Up bands at various touchpoints around Super Nintendo World to interact with both physical and digital elements. For example, you can hit a “?” block in the real world but collect digital coins in the app.
Enjoy more adventures of the multilevel Super Nintendo World with a Power-Up Band!
With a Power-Up Band, you can experience key challenges, collect virtual coins and items, and more to bring the experience of playing Super Mario games to the real world.
How will you be able to interact with Super Nintendo World through the Power-Up Bands?
The main storyline inside of Super Nintendo World centers around Bowser Jr. You can use your Power-Up Band to play interactive mini-games around Super Nintendo World in order to gather keys. These keys will unlock the final boss battle with Bowser Jr. The mini-bosses are based on enemies in the Mario games such as Goombas!
Want to see more of Super Nintendo World? Learn how you can take a virtual tour of the land here!
Despite Super Nintendo World just opening this year, Nintendo and Universal are already hard at work on an expansion for the land. Donkey Kong will debut as an expansion of Super Nintendo World in 2024. This will bring a brand new roller coaster, shops, and restaurants to Super Nintendo World. According to Universal, this will expand Super Nintendo World by 70%.
Here is what Universal had to say about the Donkey Kong expansion in a recent press release:
To further immerse guests into Nintendo’s well-known series of games, Universal Studios Japan will expand the land to include a new area themed after Donkey Kong. The new area will bring to life the world of one of Nintendo’s most beloved games and feature a roller coaster, interactive experiences, themed merchandise and food – and all the fun and excitement of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. Guests will feel like they are playing inside the world of Donkey Kong as they take a walk on the wild side through the lush jungles where Donkey Kong and his friends live. The new area is set to open in 2024.
Nintendo’s Donkey Kong franchise started with an arcade game in 1981 and quickly captured the hearts of fans around the world. Since then, the Donkey Kong game series has continually delivered more games on Nintendo video game systems, such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii, and Nintendo Switch. The series has sold over 65 million units (as of March 2021) worldwide to generations of fans.
The Universal creative team and the Nintendo creative team — including Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario — will bring the new Donkey Kong themed area to life. The area will be a gamechanger that combines the innovative technology and globally popular approach to theme park entertainment of Universal with the creativity of Nintendo. With the addition of the Donkey Kong area, SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Japan will increase in size by approximately 70%.
Work has already begun on Donkey Kong and we will continue to monitor its progress as it inches closer to its debut in 2024. You can check out the Donkey Kong construction here.
Super Nintendo World in other Universal theme parks
If you cannot make it to Japan do not worry! Universal has confirmed that Super Nintendo World will be coming to Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Singapore. We have a breakdown of the differences we expect to see when each land opens.
Universal Hollywood is moving quickly on their Super Nintendo World expansion on the lower lot of the theme park. This is the first Super Nintendo World expansion to break ground aside from Universal Studios Japan. You can see how the construction is going here.
Construction has restarted on Epic Universe which is the newest theme park coming the Universal Orlando Resort. Epic Universe will be the home of Super Nintendo World in Orlando.
Super Mario Bros.
The collaboration between Universal and Nintendo does not seem to be stopping at theme parks. Recently, Nintendo just announced an animated Super Mario Bros. film starring Chris Pratt as Mario, that will be created with Illuminations. Illuminations is the animation studio owned by NBCUniversal that is responsible for films such as Despicable Me, Minions, and more.
Are you looking forward to visiting Super Nintendo World? Let us know in the comments!
This article has been updated since it was originally published.