Super plans in development at Universal
Universal Studios Hollywood plans to open a new theme park area called Super Nintendo World in early 2023. The new addition is more than just a ride, and it’s more than just an interactive experience. It’s the closest you can get to jumping straight into a Nintendo game like you can get.
While this new attraction is not the first of its kind, it is the first in the US. The first Super Nintendo World opened in Japan last year at Universal Studios Japan after being delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic. The land of Universal Studios Japan has two attractions, one is modeled after the Mario Kart game called Mario Kart Koopa’s Challenge and another based on Yoshi called Yoshi’s Adventure.
The Super Nintendo World in the California park features Bowser’s Castle, and it seems like you’d imagine it would be if the video game was brought right in front of you. The vibrant colors and atmosphere around the park provide a completely immersive feeling of being part of the video game series itself.
Universal introduces a new interactive feature
One such feature that takes this theme park addition to the next level is the Power Up bands. The bands are sold separately and cost about $30. Super Nintendo World Power Up Bands allow customers to participate in adventures and collect coins in the park. Power Up Bands also allow guests to interact with animations around the world. The bands are reminiscent of the slap bracelets from the 90s. The bands come in various Nintendo characters such as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Toad and Yoshi.
Guests are given a map of the theme park stating where they can use the Power Up Bands to go on an adventure. Guests can link their Power Up Bands to an app on their smartphone to see their score and compete during their adventures in the park. It’s best to download the app before you come to the park, rather than worrying about downloading it right before you start the Mario Brothers themed adventure.
As if Super Mario Brothers’ immersive adventure isn’t enough, there’s also a ride. Imagine marrying Mario Kart with a kart attraction that is great for the whole family. The ride is called Mario Kart Bowser’s Challenge. The new animatronics around the ride and the park are already being tested pending opening in the coming months. Riders are expected to see Mario, Luigi, Toad and Yoshi among all the other characters, but they must be at least 42 inches tall to ride. Guests should plan for the ride to be about 5 minutes, Universal says.
A Mario Brothers themed restaurant is also opening in Super Nintendo World. The restaurant will have menu items centered around the franchise’s beloved characters, such as a Mario Burger and a Super Mushroom Pizza Bowl. To top it off, guests can enjoy a Question Box dessert of tiramisu.
Universal and Nintendo have kept a lot of what’s coming in the attraction a secret and more surprises are sure to follow.