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
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
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.


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]


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]


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


  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.