Super Nintendo World Theme Park to Open in the USA Next Year
Mamma Mia. Yesterday was MAR10 Day, see?. This year was not slapped by many new game announcements or mercilessly deprived of any eShop titles. Even though we were shown a Mario movie trailer with Chris Pratt’s Mario voice, it was not what I had been mentally and physically preparing for. Instead, we discovered that the US would open its first Super NintendoWorld theme park next year. Exciting!
According to IGN, the new park will be an area of Universal Studios Hollywood that has been expanded with interactive areas, themed shopping, dining and a “groundbreaking ride”. The park will offer “exhilarating entertainment with new technological achievements inspired from characters and videogames that have been loved by generations of Nintendo fans for more than 40 years.”
Universal will release a variety of Mario-themed merchandise before the opening. This includes plushies, apparel and, of course, character hats. It will all be available at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Feature Presentation retail shop.
After some delays caused by the pandemic, the first Super Nintendo World opened at Universal Studios Japan in March. It’s not the most affordable day out, but it’s worth it if you are a huge fan. It was our first visit. We described it as “a breathless and faithful physical manifestation of 40 year’s video game magic.”
It won’t stop there. IGN says the Japanese location will grow with a Donkey Kong-themed expansion in 2024. Although it is not known what it will contain, it is expected to increase the park’s size by 70%. It’s possible that the plan is not to throw barrels at uninformed guests.