Super Nintendo World to Open in Hollywood in 2023

March 10, 2022, 12:00 PM · Super Nintendo World will open in 2023 at Universal Studios Hollywood, the park announced today.

The first installation of Universal Creative's Mario-themed land opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka last year. Super Nintendo World features an augmented reality interactive Mario Kart dark ride as well as abundant stand-alone interactive play opportunities throughout the land.

Universal has announced that Super Nintendo World will be coming to parks in California, Florida, and Singapore, but up until now had not provided any additional details about those projects. But today, in honor of "Mario Day" (Mar10 - get it?), Universal revealed the opening year for the Hollywood installation.

The Orlando installation is expected to be part of the Epic Universe park opening in 2025, while Singapore's will be part of Universal Studios Sinagpore's expansion, which gets underway this year with the closing of its Madagascar land.

While fans await the land's grand opening in California next year, Universal Studios Hollywood will turn its Feature Presentation retail location on the Upper Lot into a Super Nintendo World store. The opening for that is "soon," Universal said.

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Replies (8)

March 10, 2022 at 1:39 PM

Any word on if this installation will include the Yoshi ride?

March 10, 2022 at 2:41 PM

No room for Yoshi at Hollywood (or Donkey Kong for that matter). They decided to re-use the ride system instead for Secret Life of Pets.

March 10, 2022 at 3:21 PM

Exciting stuff. Seems like Universal finally admitted to building the land!

March 10, 2022 at 6:50 PM

Sounds like they are having to cut corners to make it fit in Hollywood. Orlando will be getting the definitive version of the new land.

March 11, 2022 at 9:52 AM

The reason there is no yoshi ride is because it's already in the park aka Secret Life of Pets. As for DK Universal hasn't even ruled out putting that in Hollywood or did anyone forget the 6 big soundstages next to Nintendo or the ones on the other side of Transformers which can be done. Orlando will only get a replica of what's in Japan no more. Remember this is a Japanese property they will get first dibs at everything before anyone else including Orlando.

March 11, 2022 at 12:19 PM

I think it's fascinating to see how NBCUniversal's priorities for the Universal City property are shifting toward the theme park. If SNW is a huge hit, I would not be surprised to see Universal justify the conversion of more studio space to attraction space on the property.

March 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Not sure if they made an announcement at the time, but Universal if nothing else unofficially confirmed that the area was coming with signs on the construction walls near Transformers soon after the park re-opened after the pandemic in April 2021. You can see a dated photo on Inside Universal's Twitter feed from 4/08/2021.

Also, the park started selling Super Nintendo World merchandise in its main Studio Store inside the park gates in August 2021.

March 11, 2022 at 4:50 PM

Yeah, we've posted plenty of social media showing the branded construction signs since the park reopened last year. But this is the first press release from the park officially announcing the land and confirming any opening timeline.

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