Super Nintendo World theme park to open this summer where fans can enter ‘life-size, living video game’

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Universal’s Super Nintendo World attraction will open this summer in Japan, alongside a unique mobile app that offers special mini-games.

Ever since it was announced, most of our info on Universal Studio’s new Nintendo-themed amusement park has mostly come from leaks. But speculation is finally reaching its end as Universal unveiled a few new details about it, as well as a more concrete time of opening.

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During a press conference earlier today, Universal officially confirmed that park visitors will be given wristbands called Power Up Bands and a special mobile phone app that will allow you to collect virtual coins and stamps by exploring the park.

Universal says this app will turn the park into a ‘life-size, living video game.’

While the coin and stamp collecting will be a competitive activity among the park visitors, there will also be keys that can be used to unlock virtual boss battles, which will require cooperation between players.

A special music video to help advertise the park was shown at the event, featuring British artist Charli XCX and Swedish DJ duo Galantis. The video is more of a proof-of-concept since it doesn’t show the actual park, but it does highlight the aforementioned activities, as we see the attendees race each other for coins and work together to get past Bowser and his minions to reach the flagpole.

Despite being called Super Nintendo World, there is a very clear emphasis on the Mario series, with it being the focus of the video and all the promotional material so far.

Previous leaks have shown that the park will have a Yoshi-themed ride and a Donkey Kong Country area, but there’s no sign of anything Legend Of Zelda or Splatoon related, which may leave some fans disappointed.

Super Nintendo World will open in Universal Studios Japan, just in time for the 2020 Olympics, with plans for it to come to the Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore parks.

However, there is currently no release schedule for the openings outside of Japan.

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Written by Louise

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