Super Mario next to the Nintendo headquarters

Good news Nintendo fans, Universal Studios Japan announced it plans to open Super Nintendo World next year, February 4, the Japan Times reported.

Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan originally planned to open its attraction last summer. However, it was postponed due to the pandemic. 

The park was also supposed to launch ahead of the postponed 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Although, two months ago, Universal Studios Japan was able to open a Nintendo-themed merchandise store and themed cafe in the park.

According to Times, the Universal Studio in Osaka invested around $580 million to this project. 

It’s also one of the largest projects it has invested in.

In addition, it is part of the effort of Nintendo to expand its franchise beyond console players. 

Smart Theme Park and AR-Infused Mario Kart Rollercoaster Ride

Early this year, before the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Kurumi Mori, Bloomberg’s Tokyo-based reporter shared some details about the Super Nintendo World. 

Mori shared visitors of the park can use wearable wrist bands called “Power Up Bands” to collect digital coins and compete with other visitors. 

The idea is reminiscent of Super Mario games’ feature of collecting coins as part of the game. 

Those Power Up Bands will use tech to connect to a smartphone app. 

Another feature worth waiting for is the park’s Mario Kart rollercoaster ride. 

The ride, which is inside a Bowser themed castle will make use of AR and mapping technology to make visitors feel like they’re inside the game, the Verge reported. 

Also, visitors have the chance to don AR headsets shaped like Mario’s cap. 

On of the roller coaster rides on the Universal theme park

On Safety

According to Bloomberg, Super Nintendo World’s opening date in February might still change to a later date due to COVID-19. 

Especially since the park is in Osaka, which has one of the highest COVID-19 cases in Japan. 

Moreover, according to The Verge, it is working with health officials to ensure a healthy environment for both visitors and staff. 

Besides, the park is only operating at a fifty percent capacity. 

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