Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge

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Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge
Mario Kart Koopa's Challenge logo.png
Mario Kart Koopa's Challenge (Universal Studios Japan) 1.jpg
Universal Studios Japan
AreaSuper Nintendo World
StatusOperating
Soft opening dateFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
Opening dateMarch 18, 2021 (2021-03-18)
Universal Studios Hollywood
AreaSuper Nintendo World
StatusUnder construction
Opening date2022
General statistics
Attraction typeAugmented Reality Dark Ride
DesignerUniversal Creative
ThemeMario Kart 8
Vehicle typeTrackless Vehicle
Riders per vehicle4
Rows2
Riders per row2
Participants per group4
Duration5 Minutes
Height restriction106.68 cm (3 ft 6 in)
Single rider line available

Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge[a] is an amusement park ride and anchor attraction at Universal Studios Japan and upcoming in Universal Studios Hollywood's Super Nintendo World.

Description[edit]

The ride is the anchor attraction in Universal Studios Japan's Super Nintendo World. The ride's environment is modeled after Bowser's Castle. In the ride, four-person "karts" (modeled after those of the Mario Kart series) follow a rail around a course. Guests wear augmented reality headsets to simulate the exchange of hazards between karts, such as throwing shells to disable other racers.[1] Guests have their own steering wheels and have some control over their virtual karts to collect and use items (hazards). While the ride begins in a Bowser-themed area, there are multiple themed settings: lava, underwater, and Rainbow Road.[2]

Development[edit]

Five years after its announcement, the park opened 18 March 2021, with Koopa's Challenge as one of its main rides.[3][4] Universal Studios Japan was temporarily closed on 25 April 2021 amid rising concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic;[5] the park reopened in June of the same year, maintaining enhanced health and safety protocols.[6][7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: マリオカート 〜クッパの挑戦状〜, Hepburn: Mario Kāto: Kuppa no Chōsenjō

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orland, Kyle (November 30, 2020). "AR Mario Kart anchors Universal's Super Nintendo World in February". Ars Technica. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  2. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (November 30, 2020). "Super Nintendo World theme park opens Feb. 4 — see the new Mario Kart ride". Polygon. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Steen, Emma. "Super Nintendo World opens at Universal Studios Japan today". Time Out Tokyo. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "Super Nintendo World opens in Japan after Covid delays". BBC News. March 18, 2021. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "Super Nintendo World Forced To Close Just One Month After Opening". Nintendo Life. April 23, 2021. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "Super Nintendo World In Japan Has Officially Reopened". Nintendo Life. June 8, 2021. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  7. ^ "Super Nintendo World Reopens Following COVID-19 Closure In April". ScreenRant. June 8, 2021. Retrieved July 2, 2021.