Universal Studios Japan has released a zone map for its upcoming Super Nintendo World zone, themed around characters from the Mario games and their spinoff universe. Starting today, the park has invited select Universal Club members and annual pass holders to experience the new area ahead of its opening on February 4, 2021.
Super Nintendo World is USJ’s most complex area to date. We had previously seen glimpses of Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge and Yoshi’s Adventure (and IGN Japan previously posted a video showing the interior of Bowser’s Castle); Now, USJ has shared some details of the Kinopio cafe menu (Kinopio is the Japanese name for Toad), which includes a Bacon and Cheese Mario Burger, Piranha Plant Caprese, and Question Block Tiramisu. Merchandise for sale at the 1Up Factory Store includes Mario-themed hoodies, mustache glasses and gloves, and the adorable Tokotoko Mario toy presented by Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. during his video tour of the park released last weekend. Check out the pictures of some dishes and food items below.
Super Nintendo world region map, merchandise and coffee items
* Images provided by Universal Studios Japan, © Nintendo
In addition to the full scale facilities and attractions, there will be activities where guests can collect virtual coins and play against enemy characters using a Power Up Band (3,200 yen tax included, or around $ 31 / £ 23) that can be linked to a smartphone application. These will include activities and challenges whose Japanese names translate to “Aim!” Koopa Troopa POW Block Punch ”and“ Stop! Panic alarm at the Piranha factory ”.
There will also be a Meet & Greet photo spot, where visitors can meet Mario and Luigi, take photos with them and even engage them in a conversation.
Japanese superstar YouTuber Hikakin has been named USJ Partner, and he posted a sponsored video from his experience at Super Nintendo World on his channel which shows a bit more detail.
Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka, Japan. Super Mario World was originally scheduled to open last summer, but has been postponed to its current opening date of February 4, 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Japan is currently not granting entry to foreign tourists until further notice, so Nintendo fans outside of Japan will have to wait before they can visit – although a Super Nintendo World zone will eventually be added to the parks. themed Universal Studios in Hollywood, Florida and Singapore.
For more on USJ’s collaboration with Nintendo, see our report from Mario Cafe & Store in the main park area, which is already open, selling snacks and exclusive products specially designed on the theme of Mario and his friends; and a look around Bowser’s Castle and a preview of Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge ride.
Daniel Robson is editor-in-chief of IGN Japan. Follow him on twitter for all your japan play theme park tokotoko needs.