Super Nintendo World is the latest land created at Universal Studios Japan, with confirmed plans to come to Universal Orlando Resort. Lately, it has seemed that Super Nintendo World’s debut in Orlando was a distant dream, but now, it looks like Universal may bring Mario and Luigi to Florida sooner than expected!
Super Nintendo World was confirmed to be one of the lands that will appear at Universal’s Epic Universe theme park, which will serve as the third gate at Universal Orlando Resort, adding to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, as well as CityWalk and Volcano Bay! That being said, Epic Universe currently looks like a ghost town and construction has been paused indefinitely. Because of this, many Universal fans, including myself, became skeptical regarding Epic Universe’s existence and if it would ever come to completion. Universal has announced, however, that it will be built “at some point”, which still did not sound too promising.
Now, there is a new Nintendo development, which is definitely serving as a beacon of hope that Epic Universe will be built, and that Super Nintendo World will be available to Guests! ThrillGeek (@thrillgeek) recently took to Twitter to showcase the new Universal Studios Store that is currently under construction at Universal CityWalk. As the video enhances the photo, we can see that Mario and Luigi are in the window.
— ThrillGeek (@thrillgeek) February 26, 2021
At the moment, Universal has no Nintendo IP in their Orlando parks. If the new Universal Studios Store is going to be advertising Nintendo, it is likely because they will have it in their parks. It is interesting that Universal decided to hide this little Easter egg in the photo, as it strongly emphasizes Nintendo — and shows nothing about major current IPs in the park, such as Harry Potter. It seems that Universal is making it quite clear that Nintendo will be an IP used in the Florida theme parks.
Universal has not confirmed that this is why the Universal Studios Store rendering has the Nintendo characters in it, but it will be interesting to see if the Universal Studios Store will sell Nintendo merchandise that is currently only sold at Universal Japan, even though we currently do not yet have the land open in Universal Orlando.
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Do you think that Epic Universe will be built in the near future? How do you like Universal Japan’s Super Nintendo World?
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