Super Nintendo World

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Super Nintendo World
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Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan
StatusUnder construction
ThemeNintendo video game franchises
Total2 (Universal Studios Japan)
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
OpenedFebruary 4, 2021 (2021-02-04) (annual pass holders only)
March 18, 2021 (2021-03-18) (grand opening)
Universal Studios Hollywood
StatusUnder construction
OpensEarly 2023
Universal Studios Singapore
StatusUnder construction
Opens2025 (2025)[1][2]
ReplacedMadagascar: A Crate Adventure
Universal's Epic Universe
StatusUnder construction
OpensSummer 2025

Super Nintendo World[a] is a themed area at Universal Studios Japan, and under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Singapore and the upcoming Universal's Epic Universe at Universal Orlando Resort. A result of a partnership between Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts, the area is based on Nintendo video game franchises, primarily the Mario franchise and its various sub-series.

A creative partnership between Nintendo and Universal was first announced in May 2015, with construction of a dedicated Nintendo-themed area confirmed for Universal Studios Japan and both American locations the following year. Construction began on the Universal Studios Japan area in June 2017. Following several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic the land had its grand opening at Universal Studios Japan on March 18, 2021. Super Nintendo World is currently under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood and will also be built as a section of Universal's Epic Universe. Mario creator and Nintendo creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto was heavily involved in the design and construction of the land and its attractions.[3]


Following several years of declining gaming revenue and console market share, Nintendo sought avenues to leverage and develop its intellectual properties, entering into a theme park partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts.[4][5] The partnership, announced in May 2015[4] and detailed the next year, would use Mario[6] and other Nintendo franchises as themes in the dedicated areas of Universal theme parks.[7][8] 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.[7] An interview video that previewed objects being constructed for the land was uploaded on November 29, 2016.[9] The first concept image of Japan's iteration of the area was then unveiled on December 12, 2016.[10]

Construction on the land at Universal Studios Japan began in June 2017 with a groundbreaking ceremony.[11][12] Following months of leaked information and patents, photographs of Universal Creative's scale model for the Japan iteration of the area were leaked on July 8, 2019.[13] On January 13, 2020, Universal unveiled the interactive Power-Up Bands and released a music video on YouTube for the upcoming land, using the song "We Are Born to Play" by Galantis ft. Charli XCX.[14] The land's opening was initially planned for completion before the 2020 Summer Olympics, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 18, 2020, a Nintendo Direct about the land went live on Nintendo's official YouTube channel, featuring Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto hosting a tour around a small fraction of the land. On December 26, 2020, the land soft opened to limited previews for Universal Studios Japan annual passholders.[15]

On November 30, 2020, Universal officially announced that the land would open at Universal Studios Japan on February 4, 2021;[16] however, in January the opening was once again delayed indefinitely after the Japanese government reimposed a state of emergency in response to a third wave of COVID-19 infections in the city. However, guests with a Universal Studios Japan annual pass are allowed to visit the area as of February 4, 2021.[17] It eventually opened to the public on March 18, 2021.[18][19] A month after opening, the entirety of Universal Studios Japan closed from April 25 to June 7 of 2021, due to COVID-19.[20]

Universal Studios Hollywood announced on March 10, 2022 that Super Nintendo World would be opening there in 2023.[21]


Universal Studios Japan[edit]

At Universal Studios Japan, Super Nintendo World is wedged in at the northern end of the park, west of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and south of the Nintendo headquarters that are just outside of the property. Guests enter the area through a warp pipe from an entrance plaza. The entrance plaza can be accessed from a walkway that branches right next to the WaterWorld sign. The entrance plaza has lamp posts, a power star in the pavement, and Super Nintendo World signage next to the pipe. The pipe leads into Princess Peach's Castle. When guests exit the castle, they enter the 2 level courtyard on the 2nd floor, immersed in the Mushroom Kingdom with Bowser's Castle across the area. Several red, yellow and blue Pikmin can be found across the land on ledges, with some carrying objects like coins and a berry.[22]

Several costume character meet-and-greets are located throughout the area. Princess Peach is stationed inside a gazebo-like structure next to her castle, while Mario and Luigi are near the entrance to the Yoshi's Adventure attraction. Toad has no set meet-and-greet-spot, with guests being able to visit him in different parts of the lower-level.

On September 28, 2021, a Donkey Kong land expansion was announced to open in 2024, featuring a roller coaster, interactive experiences, and themed merchandise and food.[23][24][25]

From November 11, 2022 to January 6, 2023, the area will be decorated in festive winter-themed decorations, as part of the "No Limit! Christmas Event!"[26]

Future locations[edit]

Construction of the Universal Studios Hollywood location

In November 2016, Universal confirmed that Super Nintendo World areas would be built at not just Universal Studios Japan but also at both American Universal locations in Hollywood and Florida.[6] Construction has begun on the land at Universal Studios Hollywood scheduled to open in 2023, coinciding with The Super Mario Bros. Movie.[27] On January 24, 2020, Universal confirmed that a Super Nintendo World themed area would be included in the upcoming Universal's Epic Universe park at Universal Orlando Resort.[28] The park was originally scheduled to open in 2023, but the planned opening has been delayed to mid-2025 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[29][8][30]

There are also plans to bring Super Nintendo World to Universal Studios Singapore, which is expected to be complete by 2025.[1][2]

Attractions (Universal Studios Japan)[edit]


  • Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge – An interactive dark ride attraction featuring augmented reality technology based on the Mario Kart franchise.[31]
  • Yoshi's Adventure – An omnimover ride themed after the Yoshi character and series.
  • Power-Up Band Key Challenges - Several interactive mini-attractions where guests can interact with a Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant, Goomba, Thwomp, and Bob-Omb. Winning at least three of these gives entry to a room where guests battle Bowser Jr. by jumping and ducking in front of a motion-tracking video wall. These require the separately sold "Power Up Bands" and the official Universal Studios Japan app.

Dining & shopping[edit]

  • 1UP Factory - A shop selling various Nintendo merchandise
  • Mario Motors - A shop themed after the Mario Kart series selling various Nintendo merchandise
  • Kinopio's Cafe - A quick service restaurant themed after the Toad character, featuring Mario-inspired food and drinks.
  • Pit Stop Popcorn - A stand featuring Mario-inspired popcorn flavors.
  • Yoshi's Snack Island - A stand featuring food and drink inspired by the Yoshi character


  1. ^ Japanese: スーパー・ニンテンドー・ワールド, Hepburn: Sūpā Nintendō Wārudo


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