Universal Studios' Nintendo Theme Park in Osaka Gets an Opening Date

With other locations around the globe to follow.

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Since its first announcement from Universal Studios and Nintendo back in 2017, there hasn’t been much news about the Nintendo theme parks from the two companies — until now.

During Comcast’s 2019 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts Tom Williams announced that the first Nintendo theme park — titled Super Nintendo World — will be opening in Osaka, Japan, in spring next year. Williams also confirmed that two rides based on Super Mario Kart and Yoshi will form part of the new Universal Studios extension’s Phase One launch. While there’s no official details about the two rides, recent reports have suggested that the Yoshi ride will be an omnimover-style experience with each cart resembling Yoshi. The ride will involve 40 animatronics, and will consist of both indoor and outdoor areas, taking riders up to the upper level of the theme park for a panoramic view.

Visitors will also be given a magnetic wristband that interacts with the rides and games around Super Nintendo World, granting visitors points for certain achievements. The wristband is said to interface “back with your game console. So you can build on it and come back again.”

Aside from Osaka, Super Nintendo World has plans to open at the Universal Studios in Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore, though there are no official opening dates for these locations as of now, so stay tuned as more details surface.

For more things Nintendo-related, check out the new Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening trailer.

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