It’s time to start planning a trip to Japan! Universal Studios Japan has revealed the grand opening date for Super Nintendo World, and it’s coming sooner than we think.
The gigantic Nintendo-themed area located in Osaka, which features popular video game characters Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach is set to officially open to the public on Feb. 4, 2021.
The theme park announced the breaking news and shared a few photos of concept art and actual photos at the park's newest section on their official Twitter account.
— ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン公式 (@USJ_Official) November 30, 2020
USJ’s Tweet, which was posted in Japanese, roughly translates to: “New large area "Super Nintendo World ™" February 4th (Thursday) Opening decision. The world of Nintendo games, which Japan is proud of in the world, including "Mario Kart" realized with the latest technology, has become a reality. The campaign information that will win the prior experience will be posted later!”
The theme park also shared a video announcement, set to the iconic Mario theme music, showing highlights of the park, including the world's first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride. The ride features AR headsets to immerse guests fully into the world of Nintendo.
As reported by Comicbook.com, the ride will take place inside Bowser's Castle, and will have players racing through different areas, including Rainbow Road. While the ride is on tracks, it seems that players will be able to compete against other racers. The castle itself is lined with trophies straight from the series, and numerous other details sure to excite longtime Mario fans.
The concept art shared by the theme park looks remarkably close to actual photos shared by news agencies. What looks like a miniature scale model of the park shared by Kyodo/via REUTERS is an actual aerial photo taken on Nov. 25, showing the new Super Nintendo World-themed attraction right next to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan.
Here's to hoping international travel to Japan will be possible for Filipino travelers by February next year!
(Images via Universal Studios Japan)