Super Nintendo World

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Super Nintendo World
Super Nintendo World logo.png
ThemeNintendo
Attractions
Total2 confirmed
Universal Studios Japan
Coordinates34°39′53″N 135°25′59″E / 34.66472°N 135.43306°E / 34.66472; 135.43306Coordinates: 34°39′53″N 135°25′59″E / 34.66472°N 135.43306°E / 34.66472; 135.43306
StatusUnder construction
OpensAutumn 2020
Universal Studios Hollywood
StatusUnder construction
OpensUnconfirmed (Likely 2021)
Universal's Epic Universe
StatusUnder construction
Opens2024

Super Nintendo World is an upcoming theme park area under construction at Universal Studios Japan, which will open in Autumn 2020. Plans exist to bring it to Universal Studios Hollywood in California and Universal's Epic Universe in Orlando. The theme park is based on Nintendo video game franchises such as Super Mario.

Development[edit]

Following several years of declining gaming revenue and console market share, Nintendo sought avenues to leverage and develop its intellectual properties, and so entered a theme park partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts.[1][2] The partnership, announced in May 2015[1] and detailed the next year, would use Mario and other Nintendo franchises as themes in dedicated areas of Universal theme parks.[3][4] The ¥40 billion ($351 million U.S.) collaboration built for Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is similar in scale to Universal's investment in the Harry Potter franchise.[3]

Locations[edit]

Construction on the initial theme park land in Osaka began in June 2017 with a groundbreaking ceremony.[5][6] The opening was planned for completion in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics, before the event was delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.[3] Two rides have been confirmed for this version of the land: one ride will be themed on Yoshi and the other will be based on Mario Kart.[5] On January 24, 2020, Universal confirmed that a Super Nintendo World themed area would be included in the Epic Universe park for Universal Orlando Resort.[7]

Future locations[edit]

There are plans to bring Super Nintendo World to Universal Studios Singapore,[8] but no timeframe has been announced. The lack of space might also be of concern.[9] There are also plans to bring Nintendo attractions to Universal Studios Hollywood,[4][10] but no other information is known. Construction work has started in the northwestern part of the park. Rides will differ across each instance of the park.[11]

Media[edit]

On January 13, 2020, Nintendo released a video on YouTube for the upcoming park, including the song "We Are Born to Play" by Galantis ft. Charli XCX.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Villas-Boas, Antonio (May 7, 2015). "Nintendo's huge new deal with Universal shows just how far it'll go to turn the ship around". Business Insider. Archived from the original on December 31, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Pallotta, Frank (May 7, 2015). "Nintendo and Universal power up for theme park attractions". CNN. Archived from the original on May 18, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Ashcraft, Brian (March 5, 2016). "First Details on Nintendo's Universal Studios Collaboration". Kotaku. Archived from the original on December 15, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  4. ^ a b McWhertor, Michael (December 12, 2016). "Nintendo's first Universal Studios park attraction is called Super Nintendo World". Polygon. Archived from the original on December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Frank, Allegra (June 8, 2017). "Super Nintendo World's groundbreaking ceremony is weird and wonderful". Polygon. Archived from the original on June 9, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Kim, Matt (June 8, 2017). "The Trailer for Universal's Super Nintendo World Continues to Raise Serious Questions About Mario". USgamer. Archived from the original on June 9, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ https://www.travelpulse.com/news/entertainment/super-nintendo-world-confirmed-for-new-universal-theme-park.html
  8. ^ Mohan, Matthew (April 3, 2019). "Singapore's two integrated resorts set to grow with S$9 billion investment plan". CNA. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (July 8, 2019). "Everything we know about Super Nintendo World". Polygon. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  10. ^ Frank, Allegra (June 8, 2017). "Super Nintendo World looks like a dream come true in first teaser". Polygon. Archived from the original on June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Blake, Vikki (September 16, 2019). "First Super Nintendo World theme park will open in spring 2020". MCV/Develop. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ JAPAN: Galantis ft. Charli XCX - WE ARE BORN TO PLAY (Music Video)". Retrieved January 15, 2020.