Shigeru Miyamoto, Creator of Super Mario and Guests Led Countdown to the Grand Opening of the World's First Nintendo Theme Park Area
Universal Studios Japan hosted the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, bringing to life a themed and immersive land featuring Nintendo’s legendary worlds, characters and adventures where guests play inside their favorite Nintendo games. Shigeru Miyamoto, Creator of Super Mario and J.L. Bonnier, President and CEO of Universal Studios Japan kicked off the festivities at Super Star Plaza. Popular Nintendo characters Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad, as well as SUPER NINTENDO WORLD team members, cheered on guests in the momentous grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
Super Mario fans jumped in Mario’s iconic pose and cheered “WE ARE MARIO!” while festive confetti burst into the sky to commemorate the occasion.
Guests then made their way through the warp pipe entrance and into the new immersive land. The moment guests were transported from the warp pipe into Peach’s Castle, they were captivated and expressed their excitement by posing like Mario and taking photos.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD makes its debut as the first multi-level land at Universal Studios Japan, where Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Castle tower over the area. It features rides and attractions themed after Mario Kart and Yoshi, as well as dining, shops and other experiences that can only be found at Universal Studios Japan. SUPER NINTENDO WORLD also provides guests with an all-new type of “Asobi” play experience where they will jump, punch ? Blocks and collect virtual coins. Guests can purchase a Power-Up Band in the land and sync it to their smartphones to track their score and compete with other park guests. At Key Challenge attractions around the land, guests can collect keys, gather character stamps and more using their entire bodies in dynamic activities. Families and friends will unleash their passion to play in the new SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
The world's first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD immerses guests in the worlds of Nintendo. Guests will race through the iconic courses of Mario Kart with their favorite Nintendo characters and be transported into Nintendo worlds where they’re not just playing a game, they’re actually being immersed in it. They will steer into the Mushroom Kingdom and throw shells as they race to the finish line with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach! Win or lose, every race is a brand-new, life-sized Mario Kart experience. Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge is brought to life through a powerful story and characters, advanced augmented reality technology, projection mapping, and screen projection combined with a physical set that recreates iconic environments in fantastic detail, only at Universal Studios Japan.