Super Nintendo World Inches Closer to Opening As Bowser’s Castle Takes Shape

in Universal Studios Hollywood

It seems like it has been ages since Universal announced that Super Nintendo World would be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. Super Nintendo World opened at Universal Studios Japan in March 2021 — after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — and the incredible area has been a major hit ever since. Universal has also announced that Super Nintendo World will also be coming to Universal Orlando Resort as part of its massive Epic Universe expansion.

Super Nintendo World
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Universal began working on Super Nintendo World at its Hollywood Park before it confirmed in August 2020 — while the theme park was shut down — that the new area would be coming in the future. Well, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood still does not have an opening date, but construction crews seem to be moving at breakneck speed in order to open the new land sooner rather than later.

An Inside the Magic Reporter recently visited Universal Hollywood and was able to see significant progress being made on Bowser’s Castle, which looks like it will take up a large portion of Super Nintendo World.

Super Nintendo World
Credit: ITM Krysten S.
Super Nintendo World
Credit: ITM Krysten S.

It had previously been reported that a lot of progress is also being made on the warp pipe that Guests will most likely use to enter Super Nintendo World. At Universal Studios Japan, Guests walk through the warp pipe and then enter the massive world. While Super Nintendo World at Universal Hollywood will not be quite as large, the warp pipe entrance is still going to be a large part of the equation.

Warp pipe
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While Universal Studios Japan has two rides. — Yoshi’s Adventure and Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge — Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood will only have Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge. There is also a power-up band that Guests can use to play interactive games throughout Super Nintendo World Japan and collect keys, but Universal has not confirmed if that interactive experience will be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Super Nintendo World
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Here is more information on Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge from the Universal Studios Japan website:

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!

super nintendo world
Credit: Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Hollywood does not have a ton of room to bring in new lands and areas, so the addition of Super Nintendo World is particularly exciting. The last addition to the theme park was almost 6 years ago when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was brought to Southern California.

Are you excited to see progress being made on Super Nintendo World? Let us know in the comments!

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