Super Nintendo World has officially opened at Universal Studios Japan, the first of four such lands planned to open around the globe.
After being delayed multiple times due to complications from the pandemic, the world’s first Super Nintendo World theme park land has officially grand opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.
The legendary Super Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Universal Studios Japan President, J.L. Bonnier, were on hand for a small ceremony in front of the land’s entrance. They were joined by the theme park’s version of popular characters from the games: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad.
Guests waiting to enter jumped in Mario’s iconic pose together, and cheered “WE ARE MARIO!” when colorful confetti burst into the sky to commemorate the official opening.
While today marks the official grand opening for the new themed area, Super Nintendo World has been in special previews since December of last year.
Universal Studios Japan is still operating at a limited capacity due to COVID restrictions, and guests must practice social distancing and wear a face covering. Space inside of Super Nintendo World is limited due to these restrictions.
The land, which was in development for over 6 years, features a Mario Kart ride, Yoshi ride, dining locations, shopping and technologically-advanced interactive games that allow you to explore the world like you’re playing in a video game.
“I am excited for fans of all ages to experience the world of Mario in all-new ways.” said Shigeru Miyamoto.
J.L. Bonnier said: “Being Mario is no longer just a dream. At Super Nintendo World, you can do everything Mario does. This experience completely revolutionizes theme park entertainment.”
He continued: “We are especially proud that Universal Studios Japan will be the first place in the world to feature Super Nintendo World, especially since Nintendo was created and brought to life here in Japan.”
At the United States, a version of Super Nintendo World is currently under construction in Universal Studios Hollywood. While the company has not released details for that location yet, it is expected to open in 2022.
Other locations for the land, including one in the upcoming Universal’s Epic Universe in Orlando, and another at Universal Studios Singapore, are not expected to open until 2025, however dates and details have not yet been announced.