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Super Nintendo World

Super Nintendo World

If not for the coronavirus, Super Nintendo World would be just about ready to open. The original plan was to have the theme park debut alongside the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. But because of the pandemic, everything is up in the air. This year’s Olympics have been rescheduled for 2021 while we haven’t heard much regarding the status of Super Nintendo World.

It went under the radar at the game, but we did actually receive a slight update a couple of months ago. Comcast, the parent company of Universal, noted in an investor call that Super Nintendo World “is expected to open later this year”.

Senior executive VP and CFO Mike Cavanagh said during the call:

Super Nintendo World

Super Nintendo World continues to take shape. After a couple of overhead photos recently surfaced, we have another look at how things are shaping up inside the theme park. Images show close-up and zoomed out views.

Here’s the full set:

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A couple of days ago, a new photo surfaced showing Super Nintendo World. The overhead image gave us one of the best looks we’ve had so far of the theme park.

Another photo has appeared online, which now gives us a look at the entrance. It looks like visitors will first be treated to the iconic star symbol when they first arrive, and will actually get into the venue by going through a Warp Pipe.

Super Nintendo World was originally planned to be completed in Japan in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics. However, that event was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s now unclear when the theme park will be open for business.

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If not for the current coronavirus pandemic, Super Nintendo World would be pretty close to opening in Japan. The original goal was to have the park’s construction all wrapped up in time for the 2020 Olympics.

While we wait for the world to return to normalcy, work on Super Nintendo World is indeed starting to come to a close. And a new overhead photo gives fans some sort of idea as to what they can look forward to when the park is ready to open. Check it out above.

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This information comes from Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa…

Super Nintendo World isn’t just about rides, as there are other elements such as wrist bands. All attendees will receive one when they enter the theme park, and some special functionality is included.

According to GamesIndustry, these wrist bands interact with the smartphone app and can be used to collect coins and character stamps. They can also be used to complete “key challenges” that will lead to working together with other attendees in boss battles. Unfortunately, we don’t have any other specifics currently.

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Super Nintendo World is debuting with a whole lot of Mario. When the first park opens in Japan this summer, the different rides and the entire land is based around the character’s IP.

The good news is that things may not stay that way. IGN asked Universal Japan Studio’s marketing head Ayumu Yamamoto if fans can look forward to attractions, shops or even restaurants themed after other Nintendo franchises. While there’s nothing planned immediately, Yamamoto said the company is “thinking about expanding to Nintendo’s other IPs after opening.”

Which of the Big N’s franchises would you like to see represented at Super Nintendo World?

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To further promote Super Nintendo World, the theme park has received a new video featuring the Swedish electronic dance music duo Galantis and singer Charli XCX. Watch it below.

A “Super Nintendo World Global Kick Off Presentation” is currently being hosted in Japan. New information about the park has been presented, including details on the wrist bands and smartphones that visitors can use.

Here’s a roundup of what’s been shared:


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