Universal Studios Japan has announced an opening date for its long-awaited Nintendo-themed area. The Super Nintendo Land zone will open at the Osaka theme park on February 4th, 2021.
That’s actually a little earlier than expected — last month, Nintendo said that the project would open in spring. A themed cafe and merchandise store have already opened in the larger Universal Studios Japan park.
USJ and Nintendo have also provided details on what is sure to be one of the park’s flagship attractions: a Mario Kart-themed rollercoaster. It’s housed inside a reconstructed Bowser’s castle and makes use of AR and projection mapping technology, with riders donning AR headsets shaped like Mario’s cap.
The opening of Super Nintendo World will be closely watched as a model for the theme park industry, which has been hit hard by COVID-19. Last week, the Walt Disney Company announced plans to lay off 32,000 employees, mostly in its parks division.
via The Verge