Start storing up your extra lives because Super Nintendo World will be opening in Universal Studios Japan this year, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games. The park, which is located in Osaka, will open the first phase of the new land, which will consist of two rides: Super Mario Kart and Yoshi’s Adventure.
The new land will feature some of the same technology used in Universal Studio’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as Disney Parks’ Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions. In both, interactive devices—magical wands in the Harry Potter attraction and lightsabers in Star Wars—allow guests to experience more with the park.
For the Super Nintendo World, guests will wear magnetic wristbands that will reportedly keep score for the player as he or she explores the land and plays different games located throughout Super Nintendo World. There are even rumours that these wristbands will work with Nintendo’s latest game consoles.
Details are fairly sparse regarding the first two rides. Some recent reports suggest that the Yoshi ride will be an omnimover-style ride. Each of the carts will resemble Yoshi and there will be 40 animatronics as guests ride through both indoor and outdoor areas.
The Japan location was first announced as a concept back in 2015 and construction began two years later. Early models show plenty of other attractions for the land, including a Toadstool café, Bowser’s castle, and a separate Donkey Kong area. Similar attractions are in the plans for Universal Studio’s theme parks in Los Angeles, Orlando, and Singapore.
Reports on the construction have the land costing as much as $351 million up to $544, but considering that Universal Studios Japan ranked as the fifth-highest attended theme park worldwide according to AECOM’s latest global attractions attendance report (the park saw 14.3 million guests in 2018), the investment will be well worth it. If it’s not, they can just start gathering up all those gold coins.