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Super Nintendo World Japan Is Finally Open

Amelia Ward

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Super Nintendo World Japan Is Finally Open

Universal Studios Japan has finally opened Super Nintendo World, giving fans the chance to play inside their favourite Nintendo games.


Guests get to see all those well known characters up close and personal - well not too close because of Covid restrictions. High-fives and hugs were out of bounds, but they could pose for phots, unlike Disney parks, which are currently not allowed photo ops.

Although it's opened, safety is still important. Universal Studios Japan has strict policies on Covid-19 restrictions, with masks mandatory, hand sanitiser readily available, social distancing measures in place and signs in front of roller coasters asking guests not to scream.

Credit: Super Nintendo World
Credit: Super Nintendo World

Shigeru Miyamoto, Creator of Super Mario, said: "Super Nintendo World brings the world of Mario games to life. The moment you enter the park, you will be amazed at how real everything feels. But that's not all.

"The creative team at Universal has not only done a great job recreating the Mushroom Kingdom, but they have also made some amazing rides.

Credit: Super Nintendo World
Credit: Super Nintendo World
Credit: Super Nintendo World
Credit: Super Nintendo World

"For the Mario Kart ride in particular, the teams at Universal and Nintendo worked closely together to build something that's never been seen before, by combining our extensive industry knowledge and utilizing cutting-edge technology. I am excited for fans of all ages to experience the world of Mario in all-new ways."

As well as life sized Peach's Castle and Bowser's Castle towering over the area, it features rides and attractions themed on Mario Kart and Yoshi, as well as dining and shopping.

Credit: Super Nintendo World
Credit: Super Nintendo World

Ever since it was announced, fans of the classic video game have been getting pretty excited at the prospect of getting involved in their own madcap motoring experience.

Guests were finally been allowed into the park to experience what it is like at a sneak preview last month, and some of them made a beeline straight for the Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge ride to show us what to expect.

Credit: Super Nintendo World
Credit: Super Nintendo World
Credit: Super Nintendo World
Credit: Super Nintendo World

Basically, it's like a gigantic virtual version of the Nintendo game, which sounds awesome to begin with.

The racers sit in their life-sized Mario Kart vehicles and race along some bits of the most popular tracks from the game while wearing augmented reality goggles.

Some seriously impressive looking effects allow you to perform all the tricks and traps that you'd expect, such as throwing shells around the track and hampering your opponents by taking them out of the game.

Four riders occupy each race, and each has their own vehicle. The track itself is a composite of a load of popular courses and features elements from the underwater level, as well as fan favourites like Bowser's Castle and the ever-popular - or infuriating - Rainbow Road.

Featured Image Credit: Super Nintendo World

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Amelia Ward
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