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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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!
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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