Nintendo World Theme Park Officially Set To Open Spring 2020
The hotly anticipated Super Nintendo World theme park at Universal Studios Japan is officially set to open in Spring 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games, it has been announced. Universal Parks & Resorts CEO Tom Williams revealed the good news during a media conference yesterday, reports Attractions Magazine (via VGC).
Williams confirmed that, upon opening, the park will boast two rides; a Super Mario Kart experience and the adorable-sounding Yoshi's Adventure, as well as themed areas based on Bowser's castle and Princes Peach's castle. These attractions will form the "first phase" of the park, with further interactive experiences planned. If recently-leaked models are anything to go by, it seems the park will eventually be getting a Donkey Kong-themed area and related rides.
"It's the best, and we've tested them all, and they're killers. It's a great lineup. It takes it to the whole next level. It's gonna redefine what a park experience is like. It really is special," said Williams of the planned attractions thus far.
Leaked images of a model of Super Nintendo World, posted by @UUOPodcast! Looks to be the EXACT cancelled KidsZone plans, which means it should be the same as Japan, minus Donkey Kong. Notice the line of Yoshis on the right for the omniomover ride! pic.twitter.com/VycW5lrwvG- Alicia Stella (@AliciaStella) July 7, 2019
According to Williams, the land itself will also be interactive. A magnetic wristband will be given to all attendees that lets them fully interact will all "levels" of the park, and will apparently even "interface back" with your Nintendo Switch. "You will be able to go up and keep score and play with the various games and that also translates to a score-keeping capability, if you choose to do so within the rides and it actually interfaces back with your game console," Williams said.
It's not entirely clear what exactly that means, but it certainly sounds like an interesting idea. Presumably this will all be done via some special Nintendo app that saves whatever score you accumulated on your first visit so you can come back at some point and continue to add to the score where you initially left it.
As previously promised, Williams concluded by assuring fans that the Super Nintendo World will be coming to other Universal Parks after the Japan opening, though he declined to share a timeline. "But we are bringing it," he stated. "You can count on it."
Construction on the park began in earnest back in October 2018, and the plan was always to have it open in time for the Tokyo Olympics. This makes sense for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which being that this is the time the opening of such a park will make, as the kids probably say, the fattest possible stacks.
For now I'll have to simply look on at the Japanese opening and pray that some day Nintendo and Universal decide to open a branch of the park somewhere near Manchester. This is unlikely.
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