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Universal Studios Japan reveals new Super Nintendo World video

June 7, 2017, 8:12 PM · Universal Studios Japan today officially broke ground on construction for its upcoming Super Nintendo World land, scheduled to open in 2020. And to celebrate this next step, the Osaka theme park also just dropped a new promotional video, including fresh animated concept art for the new land.

The video builds upon the concept art image that Universal Studios Japan released late last year, when it announced the 2020 opening date for the project. That art showed Bowser's Castle and Princess Peach's Castle from the Mario franchise.

In today's groundbreaking ceremony, Universal Parks and Resorts Vice Chairman Mark Woodbury said that "a key part of Super Nintendo World will be the Mario Kart Experience."

Mario Kart Experience will be "an attraction unlike any the world has ever seen - the most immersive and cutting-edge technological attraction that we could possibly imagine," Woodbury said.

Universal eventually plans to open Super Nintendo World lands at its parks in Hollywood and Orlando, following the Osaka installation. No official word yet on opening years for those projects. Earlier this year, we spoke with Universal Studios Japan Creative Director Steve Tatham about the development of Super Nintendo World and the influence that gaming and virtual environments are having upon theme park attraction design.

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June 8, 2017 at 4:25 AM · This will transform the Theme Park landscape in Orlando when it arrives. Nearly every person from every corner of the globe (regardless of age) know who Mario is.
June 8, 2017 at 6:31 AM · Ohhhhhh myyyyyyy!
June 8, 2017 at 7:38 AM · Hate to be this guy but Nintendo bring zero interest to me. Wish they would have taken this land in a new direction.
June 8, 2017 at 7:42 AM · Men in Black and Toy Story Midway Mania would have nothing on a Metroid Prime shooter ride!
June 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM · @Jeremy

He is the Mickey Mouse of video games...

June 8, 2017 at 8:03 AM · Wow! Very cute video. Mario will be a big hit. I hope Orlando's version will be in the new third park with a Nintendo Hotel. I'll stay there myself.
June 8, 2017 at 9:35 AM · Orlandos version will have opening Potter mania all over again ??I'll be in line
June 8, 2017 at 12:10 PM · After seeing this video, I'd love to hear an argument for putting Nintendo in USF or IOA. Seems to me it's of a quality and scale that deserves to be put in a NEW 3rd gate in Orlando.

June 8, 2017 at 12:16 PM · The land (based off of the video) reminds me of Phantasialand. As in, very well themed "walls" acting as a border between each land. I'm so hyped for this. Can't wait!
June 8, 2017 at 12:17 PM · I have to think a 3rd gate is coming with Nintendo and maybe Ministry of Magic being centerpieces.
June 8, 2017 at 1:48 PM · So excited to hear Mario Kart is part of this! Exactly what I was hoping for!
June 8, 2017 at 4:31 PM · This is truly life changing. I can taste the mushroom ?? pizza ?? and peach cake now. :D. And the souvies...sweet sweet merch in store.
June 9, 2017 at 3:37 AM · I doubt the new Mario Kart ride will be better than Radiator Springs Racers.
June 9, 2017 at 10:23 AM · Tim Hillman said: "Men in Black and Toy Story Midway Mania would have nothing on a Metroid Prime shooter ride!"

I was thinking the same thing. I hope they go beyond the obvious of titles like Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Super Mario and give us some things like Metriod, Zelda, and F-Zero!

June 9, 2017 at 5:43 PM · We all know the WW Kids Zone at Universal Studios is really really dated. No child born after 2005 knows (or cares) who Woody Woodpecker, Fievel, Curious George, or Barney is. It is just a place to let them get soaked and tired right now.

Nintendo / Mario is a very smart move. I am just glad they didn't acquire the Sesame Street IP and left that to Sea World. That would have been a huge disaster for UOR.

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