It’s a me, Mario! Here to tell you some big news: Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan is scheduled to open to guests on February 4th, 2021. The Mario Bros themed land has been one of the most highly anticipated projects at the park in years. Fans stateside are anxiously awaiting news on when the US version will open at Universal Studios Orlando.
Last month Nintendo said that the project would open in spring. A themed cafe and merchandise store have already opened in the larger Universal Studios Japan park this past October.
USJ and Nintendo have also provided details on what is sure to be one of the park’s flagship attractions: a Mario Kart-themed rollercoaster. It’s housed inside a reconstructed Bowser’s castle and makes use of AR and projection mapping technology, with riders donning AR headsets shaped like Mario’s cap:
The cars do have steering wheels, and multiple vehicles can race alongside each other, but it sounds like the ride itself is on rails. It’s not guaranteed that you win the race — there’s an element of throwing power-ups from item boxes, and the experience will be different each time you ride, according to USJ.
The park says it’s working with health administration officials to ensure a safe environment for visitors and staff, and is currently operating at 50-percent capacity. The opening of Super Nintendo World will be closely watched as a model for the theme park industry, which has been hit hard by COVID-19. Last week the Walt Disney Company announced plans to lay off 32,000 employees, mostly in its parks division.