The world of Nintendo is officially powering up at Universal Studios Japan.
Nintendo announced Monday its partnership with the Osaka-based theme park will culminate in the opening of Super Nintendo World – featuring character experiences based on titles from its decades-long library of hits – in 2020.
The themed land marks the first of its kind in the world, hosting state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, retail spaces, and restaurants.
Though initial concept art teases characters (namely Mario, Luigi, and live, costumed versions of Princess Peach, Toad, and Yoshi) and locales (Peach’s castle, Bowser’s lair) lifted from the Shigeru Miyamoto-created Super Mario Bros., the announcement teases more attractions “based on many Nintendo titles.”
Universal Studios Japan will invest over 50 billion Yen (around $433 million) in the project, which it plans to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in a space currently occupied by a parking lot near the park’s entrance. Universal estimates the project will create almost 1.1 million jobs in the region within 10 years of its opening.
“Nintendo characters and the worlds they inhabit will be re-created at the highest level of quality through the strong partnership between Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto, Creative Fellow at Nintendo, and Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, renowned for creative and technical excellence,” a press release reads. “Super Nintendo World will allow guests to fully immerse themselves and all five senses in the worlds of Nintendo, and is expected to attract guests from Japan and the world over.”
In November, Universal announced it would bring Nintendo-based attractions to its gates around the world, including locations in Florida and California.
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