After its successful opening in Japan last year, a new Super Nintendo World theme park is getting ready to launch stateside. The Wrap reports that Universal Studios Hollywood will open its own themed land inspired by Nintendo’s most popular video game franchises sometime in 2023.
The Japanese version of the park currently hosts a variety of attractions based on Nintendo characters, including a Super Mario Kart interactive ride that features augmented reality technology. Another highlight is a Yoshi-themed attraction that whisks visitors across the Mushroom Kingdom. Universal has yet to share a full list of what to expect from the Hollywood park. However, the Japanese location is currently building a new Donkey Kong roller coaster with plans for a 2024 launch. But this ride isn’t expected to be added to the U.S. version anytime soon.
Universal also confirmed that the Hollywood expansion can be found on the park’s lower lot, placing it close to other high-profile attractions like Jurassic World: The Ride and Transformers: The Ride 3D. Although its grand opening is still a year away, the studio is already plotting its marketing push. A section of the park’s Feature Presentation retail space is getting converted into a shop for Super Nintendo World. There, guests can snag plush dolls and apparel featuring their favorite Nintendo characters.
The park’s launch couldn’t come at a better time. Universal is already gearing up to release a Super Mario Bros. animated movie, which stars Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario and is scheduled to hit theaters in December. So expect the studio to have a banner year by the time Super Nintendo World finally opens its doors.
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