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Donkey Kong-themed area coming to Super Nintendo World in 2024

by Brittani Tuttle

Universal Studios Japan has finally announced that, after practically endless speculation since the land was first announced, a new Donkey Kong-themed area is coming to Super Nintendo World.

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This new area will feature a roller coaster, interactive experiences, themed merchandise and food — all with the playfulness that guests enjoy in Super Nintendo World. Guests will feel as though they are playing inside the world of Donkey Kong as they walk through the lush jungles where DK and his friends live.

The new section of the land is scheduled to open in 2024.

Super Nintendo World creates a whole new level of theme park entertainment and has quickly become an exciting, must-do experience for our guests. We are thrilled to continue working with Nintendo as we fulfill our vision to bring their characters and stories to life. Our new Donkey Kong themed area will bring even more excitement and fun to the Super Nintendo World experience.

J.L. Bonnier, President & CEO, Universal Studios Japan

Nintendo’s Donkey Kong franchise began with an arcade game in 1981, and since then, the video game series has continued with releases on Nintendo video game systems, like the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii, and Nintendo Switch. The series has sold over 65 million units worldwide as of March 2021.

The Universal Creative team and the Nintendo creative team — including Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario’s “dad” and creator — will bring the new area to life, which will increase the size of Super Nintendo World by approximately 70%.

I am very happy to be able to make the world of Donkey Kong a reality following the world of Mario. I am looking forward to creating a thrilling Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is completed, but it will be a unique area for not only people who are familiar with Donkey Kong games, but for all guests.

Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director, Fellow of Nintendo

Stay tuned for more updates as we await the opening of the new addition to Super Nintendo World. For more information, visit USJ.co.jp.

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