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Super Nintendo World in Japan tests new effects

by Tharin White

Universal Studios Japan has recently reopened its gates to locals. Since then, photos and videos of Super Nintendo World construction have come pouring in. This article features media from @jyomii7 on Instagram, @usj1 on Twitter, @LCASTUDIOS_USJ on Twitter, and @EtiaCSXZDkkpdbs on Twitter.

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Photo by @jyomii7 on Instagram

Super Nintendo World has been a very interesting project to watch. We have, so far, seen the new land entrance, gotten close-ups of Yoshi, gotten a view at the proposed land layout model, and guessed the size of guests in comparison to objects in the land. Seen above, you can begin to appreciate the bright colors and unique characters that are iconic to Nintendo and the Super Mario brand.


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Photo by @EtiaCSXZDkkpdbs on Twitter

We can also see a similar view at night. This is the first image we have seen of true nighttime lighting tests. The “?” blocks look amazing and the glowing red eyes on the Thwomp make it even better. This angle also shows the snowy backdrop that we don’t see as much in images.


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Photo by @EtiaCSXZDkkpdbs on Twitter

Lighting tests also happened at Bowser’s Castle, as we can see the ominous glowing red eyes.


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Photo by @EtiaCSXZDkkpdbs on Twitter

Zooming out, we can see even more details of this impressive structure. It has been stated many times before, but again, Universal seems to have so much love and passion for this project. Every structure we have seen has been full of meticulous detail taken straight from the video game world.


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Photo by @jyomii7 on Instagram

During the daylight hours, it appears that Bowser’s Castle will feature yellow eyes. Throughout this image, you can notice many iconic aspects from the Super Mario games. We have Koopa Troopas, Goombas, POW! blocks, “?” blocks, and spinning coins just in this limited view. It will be an interesting journey to find how many characters are represented within the land once it opens.


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Photo by @LCASTUDIOS_USJ on Twitter

Another angle of castle can be seen from the WaterWorld show elsewhere in the park. The bright hill landscape and shiny castle are certainly a vast difference to the apocalypse-style design of the WaterWorld area. This photo also slightly shows off a mushroom in the land. The green warp pipes seem quite large in comparison to the construction worker.


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Photo by @LCASTUDIOS_USJ on Twitter

Zooming out, we can see even more of Super Nintendo World from the WaterWorld show seating. From this view, guests can see Bowser’s Castle on the left (the entrance to the Mario Kart attraction), the hilltop in the center left (this is the tallest part of the entire land), and Peach’s Castle on the right (the entrance to Super Nintendo World).


This video shows us testing for some of the moving elements in the park. From the clouds to the coins, this land will be quite energetic.


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Photo by @jyomii7 on Instagram

More characters and details can be seen on the far left side of the land. From these views we are currently getting in the park, it looks like Super Nintendo World is nearly complete. While the park has partially reopened for local guests, there is no current opening date scheduled.


This last view gives us a look at the main hilltop area in the land, which is the tallest point in Super Nintendo World. Further down on the hilltop will be part of the Yoshi ride track. The hilltop was our first reference point for this land.

Click here to look back at our first article on this construction project. A lot has happened since last October and we are very eager for its opening day.

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