Hopefully this will make it easier to wait for the official opening of the park, as it was recently delayed from February 4, 2021, on a date to be announced once Osaka Prefecture’s state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic ends.
Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge
When the guests enter Mario Kart: Koopa’s challenge, they enter an interpretation of Bowser’s castle. As Mario’s music plays in the background, guests climb the stairs and are greeted by a giant statue of Bowser. As they travel the route, tons of Mario and Bowser themed items adorn the walls, along with Mario Kart trophies that will be familiar to anyone who’s played the games. There are advertisements and posters throughout the universe, as well as power-ups scattered around the queue. A van from MKTV (Mario Kart Television) even makes an appearance, which looks set to capture all the action.
One piece on the wall is the “Team Koopa Rules of the Road”, which is Team Koopas’ plan of how to stop Team Mario. The three rules are;
- Play smart.
- Crush Team Mario.
- Win the Golden Cup or else !!!!
There’s also a book containing what appear to be the Mario Kart maps, featuring Rainbow Road, a Paper Mario diagram of a Mario Kart race, and a book titled ‘Sibling Rivalries and How to Harness Them’.
Once the guests arrive at the end of the queue, they are given AR glasses that look like Mario’s hat. MKTV’s Lakitu welcomes you to the race and introduces you to the main racers of Team Koopa and Team Mario, as well as instructions for racing using Mii characters. Players can collect bonuses and coins, lead and use power-ups by aiming their glasses at an enemy.
The ride itself is a bit difficult to assess, as the images shown are through a guest’s AR glasses, so they don’t translate perfectly into video. However, it seems to present all the characters, fun, and chaos of a Mario Kart race. There are enemies that appear onscreen when you travel above and below water, in the air with a glider, and you seem to collect 15-30 shells at a time that you can use against your enemies. enemies. It all ends with a battle against Bowser, a Star power-up, and a trip to Rainbow Road.
At the end, either Team Mario or Team Koopa wins, and you can see your score and the number of coins you have collected during the race.
Super Nintendo World Power Up Bands, Area Map, Merchandise, and Coffee Items
Yoshi’s Adventure has a very colorful and nifty look that is seen quite often in Yoshi games. As you walk through the queue, you see fruits and blocks that you can use your Power Band to interact with, Yoshi eggs and flowers everywhere, and much more. Toadette even makes an appearance.
The ride itself appears to be a slower ride, most likely aimed at children, and takes you through a course that circles Super Nintendo World. Each group of guests rides in a different Yoshi color, and that seems to give a good overview of the whole park. We also get a look at some important parts of Yoshi’s story, including a look at Super Mario Galaxy 2, his time with Baby Mario and Peach, his loyal friend Poochy, Baby Yoshi, Captain Toad, and more.
Walking around the world of Super Nintendo
As guests walk to Super Nintendo World in Universal Japan, they are greeted on a walkway adorned with score markers from early games and other Mario items. The entrance to Super Nintendo World features a giant star on the ground next to a pipe to enter the park and a few to take photos.
When you walk through the inlet pipe, it kind of feels like you are traveling through hyperspace. Stepping out of the pipe, you arrive in the entrance to Princess Peach’s castle, with changing paintings on the wall and the stained glass portrait of her in Super Mario 64 style. Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad were even waiting outside to greet fans and take pictures.
There is so much to take home and Mushroom Kingdom items to find and discover like 1-Ups, Fireflowers, Key Coins, and more. There are also coin boxes, mystery boxes, and little Mario symbols located around the park to interact with. a power strip for something special to happen like an iconic sound, a secret shiny 8-bit Mario or a Bowser, or more. There are also LED walls with enemies that you can play with as well.Music boxes invade one of the walls of Super Nintendo World, each one illuminating in different colors. If you hit several squares of the same color in a row, it will reward you with a classic song from Mario history.
Much like Disney World and Disneyland’s Hidden Mickeys, there also appears to be Hidden Pikmin everything around Super Nintendo World is just waiting to be found.
Ultimate Key Challenge mini-games are placed around Super Nintendo World, and each has a challenge for guests to complete, including having to crank a wheel to defeat a Goomba, fix a broken key piece on an LED screen, hit POW blocks to make a Koopa shell hit another POW block the one that touched an LED screen filled with tiles to switch? to !, and the one that makes you turn off a bunch of alarm clocks so as not to scare a Piranha plant.
Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown
You can participate in the Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown, which tasks you with eliminating virtual enemies, dodging to avoid Bullet Bills and even collecting fire flowers to shoot your enemies. When you play you look at your shadow, and you have to physically do all the movements, not unlike Fruit Ninja on the Kinect.
What’s a little different about this interactive experience is that you have to collect three keys in Super Nintendo World for the chance to face Bower Jr.
Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan – Preview
Super Nintendo World Merchandise and Food
One of the best parts of going to a theme park is the wonderful, exclusive merchandise and food you can buy, and Super Nintendo World provides both.
The 1-Up Factory is one of the stores and has a ton of Mario themed goodies and goodies. From crispy chocolate and collectible tin cans to pins and key chains, t-shirts, figurines, water bottles and mugs, there seems to be something for everyone.
There is also a large collection of plush toys, including a row of blocks with 1-ups hidden inside, portable Mario and Yoshi blankets, Princess Peach’s crown, and more. You can find just about anything you would expect to find in a store in Disney World or elsewhere, but with a Mario twist.
Mario motors is another store that customers can visit, and it has plenty of Mario Kart-themed goodies, including collectible cookie boxes on a Mario Kart wheel filled with chocolates, key chains, and exclusive figurine pins of Mario Kart and Power-Up. There’s even a Blue Shell plush.
Kiniopio coffee is one of Super Nintendo World’s main restaurants, and it offers a ton of delicious options, most with a bit of Mario flair. For example, the Mario burger comes with a Mario hat on top, and the Super Star Rice looks like a Star power-up. It’s also a sit-down restaurant, and you can see a bunch of virtual toads in a virtual kitchen cook all the food. Some of the food and drink choices include;
- King Bowser Ground Steak with Bread or Rice
- Meunière fish bone with bread or rice
- Mario’s Bacon Cheese Burger
- Luigi’s Green Curry Chicken Sandwich
- Teriyaki Chicken and Super Star Rice
- Chef’s special: Omelette rice with shrimp and mushroom stew in cream
- Yoshi’s Spinach Carbonara
- Spaghetti with fiery flowers and meatballs
- Piranha Caprese Factory
- Yoshi’s Favorite Fruit and Vegetable Salad
- Mushroom soup
- Super mushroom pizza bowl with mushroom tomato sauce
- Portobello mushroom pizza topped with bacon and vegetables
- Kids’ burger meal with choice of Mario figures
- Children’s curry and rice meal
- ? Block Tiramisu
- Goal post cake
- Double Cherry Chocolate Cupcake
- Princess Peach Cake
- Super Star Lemon Squash
- Hot Super Star Yuzu Lemonade
Super Nintendo World Direct screenshots
Yoshi’s Snack Island is a small snack stand that offers customers a range of delicious treats while exploring Super Nintendo World. It’s got everything from a green shell Yakisoba calzone to hot Yoshi apple tea to Yoshi Melon Lassi.
Popcorn with mushroom cream and caramel peach can also be purchased at a popcorn store in the park. What’s even better is that they come in collectable containers that give the full picture when put together.
To learn more about Super Nintendo World, visit 8 ways your visit to Super Nintendo World will be fun, have a look at the official website, more details on the Super Nintendo World region map, merchandise and coffee items, and all the exciting revelations of the Super Nintendo World Direct hosted by Shigeru Miyamoto.
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