Mario and his video game pals are headed to Universal parks worldwide, and today Universal Studios Japan has broken ground on the first Super Nintendo Land.
At 10:10 a.m. on June 8, 2017, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka held a groundbreaking ceremony for Super Nintendo World, the world’s first Nintendo-themed expansive entertainment areas featuring Nintendo’s famous worlds and characters. The more than 60 Billion Yen ($544 million) project is set to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Additionally, at the groundbreaking it was confirmed that the rumored “Mario Kart” attraction will be part of Super Nintendo World, which will bring the popular Nintendo kart racing game to life. Super Nintendo World will be an area inside Universal Studios Japan with a multi-layered structure, recreating the popular characters and themes from Nintendo video games. The land will consist of a first-of-its kind Mario Kart attraction, along with shops and restaurants. Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have also announced that they will also feature Nintendo-themed areas in the future.
A large, themed stage was specially set up on the planned construction site of Super Nintendo World, recreating the world of Nintendo’s Super Mario series. Mario took the stage and presented live show, where he encountered Goombas and Koopa Troopas and collected coins. Mario then interacted with Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto, Director and Creative Fellow of Nintendo, Mr. Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, and Vice Chairman Universal Parks & Resorts, and Mr. J.L. Bonnier, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of USJ Co., Ltd. Finally, to celebrate the groundbreaking, Mario and the key members of this project hit the “Question Block,” which released confetti “Super Mushrooms” and multiple-colored fireworks.
You can watch the Super Nintendo World groundbreaking here:
“Breaking ground on the construction of Super Nintendo World is an important milestone for Nintendo, Mario and myself. The Nintendo creative team and I are taking a fully collaborative approach towards this project, and the Universal creative team has been a talented and reliable partner in bringing the world of Mario out of video games and into real life,” said Shigeru Miyamoto, Director and Creative Fellow of Nintendo and the “father” of Mario. “Their love and passion for Mario transcends words and language. I have many plans and ideas that will make you feel like you have set foot into a Nintendo video game, where you will be able to interact with familiar Nintendo characters. So much so that I am anxiously awaiting the day I can experience Super Nintendo World myself.”
Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative and Vice Chairman Universal Parks & Resorts, said “We have created a revolutionary partnership between two global entertainment companies. Our common vision is to bring the remarkable characters, stories and worlds of Nintendo to life in ways the world has never seen before. One centerpiece of Super Nintendo World will be the revolutionary Mario Kart experience — a new kind of attraction that takes theme park entertainment to entirely new levels.”
Watch this video teaser for Super Nintendo World, followed by more videos from Universal Studios Japan: