This is something I have been dreaming of since I was about 5 years old, and it’s finally becoming a reality. Super Nintendo World theme parks are about to exist that feature, one of my all-time favorite video games, Mario Kart rides! The news came at a groundbreaking ceremony at Universal Studios Japan this week.
Here’s the commercial that was posted yesterday:
The first of three of these parks will be opening in Osaka, Japan by 2020. But don’t worry, America will get our own Super Nintendo World theme park at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood after the theme park in Osaka is opened.
Of course, Super Nintendo World’s signature ride will be based on Mario Kart. The ride’s vehicles will seat two people and you will experience a “drifting” effect. While one driver will steer and control the speed of the car, the other rider will have access to weapons to hinder other racers on the track.
Film has some more details as to what to expect:
‘The entrance appears to be a giant green warp pipe, which transports guests into Super Nintendo World. This is the perfect transition point to enter of leave this land. A central plaza which will probably serve as a meet-n-greet area for classic Nintendo characters (such as Mario, Princess Peach, Toadstool and Donkey Kong). The area Peach’s and Bowser’s castles, which will probably serve as entrances to some rides or eateries. A tall Super Mario Bros landscape with a flagpole on top of it, which will likely act as a photo point with animatronic Yoshis. Giant Piranha Plants, which may be translated in real life using audio-animatronics. We can’t tell which of these buildings is for the signature Mario Cart Ride, but since the video game places races in worlds based on the popular video game series, the attraction exterior may take on the location of the race. The theme park land will be two levels with attractions, shops, and restaurants. It’s unclear what the world will hold, but the area is being described as “interactive,” so probably expect some kind of technology like the interactive wands at Harry Potter.’