Super Nintendo World, the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka that brings the world of Mario and his friends to life, finally opened to the public today. An opening ceremony was held at the Super Star Plaza, the entrance to the new district.
The ceremony featured an appearance by Shigeru Miyamoto, the legendary Nintendo designer who created Mario, alongside USJ CEO JL Bonnier and life-size mascots Mario and Luigi.
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“I’m very happy that we were able to open the world’s first fully realized Super Mario experience to coincide with Super Mario’s 35th anniversary,” said Miyamoto.
“I thought that if Nintendo was going to work with Universal Creative, we should aim to do something that the world has never seen before. With that as our motto, we have implemented the latest technology as well as every ounce of experience that Nintendo and Universal have accumulated so far, to deliver the true heart of Super Mario.
He concluded: “When the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, I hope people from all over the world come to visit USJ. “
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Currently, Super Nintendo World offers attractions based mostly on characters from the Super Mario and Mario Kart games, with Easter eggs reminiscent of franchises such as Pikmin that can also be found in the park. Bloomberg previously cited the USJ that an area of Donkey Kong would follow, but the USJ has not mentioned it elsewhere. That said, theme parks tend to expand their attractions over time, and the USJ has been particularly aggressive in this regard, regularly adding new permanent and temporary attractions. Future attractions featuring other Nintendo characters seem like a reasonable possibility.
When asked if there are any plans to add Nintendo characters from series other than Mario games and their spinoffs, USJ CEO Bonnier said, “I can only really talk about what we have it right now, but I will say that USJ and our parent company have a “long term” plan for Super Nintendo World.
– IGN Japan (@IGNJapan) March 17, 2021
For more on Super Nintendo World, check out our photo gallery of IGN Japan’s visit to the new park, a gallery of over 150 photos of food and related products from the park, and how the development team made it happen. used virtual reality to create the Mario Kart ride. .
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, entry into Japan for foreign passport holders is currently on hold until further notice. Super Nintendo World is expected to be a part of other Universal Studios locations around the world, including Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore, but the opening of the Orlando attraction has reportedly been delayed until 2025.
Yukiyo Tan is an editor at IGN Japan.