Masks are also available and ticket sales are currently restricted.
After a few delays, the Super Nintendo World theme park is opening this month. It all sounds a little over-the-top to me, but hardcore Mario fans and kids are supposed to love it. But Kinopio’s Cafe, with its mushroom-enhanced dishes, sounds fascinating to me. [Note of the editor: these are not the kind of mushrooms, Cal.]
On Monday, Nintendo officially revealed the opening of the Super Nintendo World on March 18. The park is located within the Universal Studios Japan in Osaka and was originally supposed to open last summer, but was hit by a pandemic. Nintendo had rescheduled the debut on February 4, 2021, but it was moved back, too.
Although covid mandates are beginning to relax, Nintendo is still taking some precautions during the opening. It requires all guests wear masks, and although specific numbers were not listed, Nintendo says Universal Studios is limiting ticket sales for now.
Inside the park looks just like a living Mario game, with animated spinning coins, Goombas, and Koopa Troopas. Even Yoshi makes an appearance (see video tour above). There are at least three themed areas, including the Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle, and Bowser’s Fortress.
Nintendo reported the vague appeal of Mario Kart back in 2017. The latest version revealed “Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge” and “Yoshi’s Adventure” attractions. It also said that guests could buy “power-up bands” that add to the fun. The bands come up with six character themes (above).
“If you have a power-up band, you can check for hidden keys in the region and test the ‘Power-up Band Key Challenge’ attraction to get the key from the enemy character,” said Nintendo [translation through Google].
Guests can also download the software on their phone to log their experiences and ranking.