At a press conference earlier this evening in Japan, a first look at the land’s previously-announced interactive wristband component called the “Power Up Band” was shared, as well as a look at the Power Up Band’s companion mobile app:
The Power Up Band and the mobile app will allow guests to have interactive experiences in the land, using their arms, hands, and even entire bodies as they explore, making them a part of this video game world. Guests can download the Universal Studios Japan app on their smartphones and link it to a Power Up Band that can be purchased in Super Nintendo World.
The Power Up Bands will be available in the following themed colorways: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Toad, and Yoshi. Guests will use these wristbands to collect coins and, essentially, gamify their time in Super Nintendo World, competing with others in the land.
Super Nintendo World will feature many interactive elements that will be familiar to fans of Nintendo, including Question Blocks. While wearing a Power Up Band, guests can hit a real-life Question Block and collect coins, just like in the Mario video games.
Guests can also obtain collectible items, like character stamps, by achieving various goals. Coins are allocated for each stamp, with the total number of coins earned by each guest ranked with all other guests in the park – making the entire experience feel like you’re competing for the ultimate high score.
Additionally, “Key Challenges” will be featured throughout the land. By collecting a certain number of digital “keys,” guests can team up with other guests who have the keys they need to unlock additional gameplay, including “Boss Battles,” against various enemy characters.
“Think of Super Nintendo World as a life-size, living video game where you become one of the characters,” said Thierry Coup, senior vice president and chief creative officer of Universal Creative. “You’re not just playing the game; you’re living the game, you’re living the adventure. Nintendo’s most iconic locations and experiences will be brought to life, including Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle, an incredible Mario Kart ride, Bowser’s Castle – and more.”
Also revealed during the presentation was a fun look at the upcoming theme park land in the form of a music video: “We Are Born to Play” by Galantis featuring Charli XCX, which you can watch below:
The music video shows us our first real look at what the entire land will look like, even if it is computer-animated.
We see our first look at the Yoshi-themed area, where guests will ride on the back of their own Yoshi on a family-friendly adventure.
The video also shows us a look at Peach’s Castle, along with plenty of Question Blocks high up in the air.
Here is our very first look at the ride vehicle for the Mario Kart attraction. While we have little-to-no details on what this attraction will be like, it’s interesting to note that these vehicles have no wheels and appear to be trackless. Four riders will sit in each kart, which means one thing – you’ll have to decide which member of your group is driving.
The music video ends with an overhead view of a computer-generated rendering of the land, giving us our first real grasp of this land’s size. Here you can see the land’s multi-level areas, the Yoshi ride area, and Bowser’s Castle, where the Mario Kart attraction will be housed.
Super Nintendo World will open this summer at Universal Studios Japan, before the Summer 2020 Olympics begin in Tokyo. Versions of the land will follow with openings at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort, and Universal Studios Singapore.
Stay tuned for more updates on Super Nintendo World as we receive them. In the meantime, what are you most excited to do when this new land opens? Will you be traveling to Japan to experience this new theme park land first? Let us know in the comments, and watch our highlights video of the press conference below: