Fans of classic video games will want to stock up on Power-Up Mushrooms and start saving for a flight to Osaka, because Universal Studios Japan has just released their first piece of Super Nintendo World concept art, giving us a glimpse of what the new Mario-centric land will look like when it debuts in 2020.
Super Nintendo World is coming to Universal Studios Japan, and will be the first such opening in the world, featuring globally renowned characters and game worlds from Nintendo. Super Nintendo World is targeted to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While Universal Studios Japan will be the first location to open, Nintendo themed areas are also coming to Orlando and Hollywood, as announced by Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts on November 29, 2016.
Super Nintendo World will be comprised of expansive and multi-level environments filled with state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops and restaurants, all featuring Nintendo’s most popular characters and games. Development cost at Universal Studios Japan is currently expected to exceed 50 billion Yen (over $430 million US). Super Nintendo World will be developed mainly using the park’s current parking area and part of an area designated for future expansion.
Super Nintendo World will feature characters and themes from the “Super Mario” series, along with a variety of other popular Nintendo characters. Nintendo characters and the worlds they inhabit will be re-created through the partnership between Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto, Creative Fellow at Nintendo, and Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative.
Read this article for more information on plans to bring Nintendo to the Universal theme parks.