Although we already know SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is a massive expansion coming to Universal Studios Hollywood, it has now been confirmed that the opening will be in early 2023 — a minor but significant update on the general timeframe for when we can expect to be palling around with Mario and friends! We also got some updates on the new land and its signature attraction, Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.
The immersive new land is the first SUPER NINTENDO WORLD to debut in the United States after having previously opened a similar version in Japan. The land will boast an iconic Warp Pipe to enter the fantastical world of the popular video game. Aside from the new signature attraction, the interactive new land will also feature themed shopping and dining to enhance the entire experience.
Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge promises a multi-dimensional experience recreating iconic environments from the Mario Kart games where no two races are alike. The multi-sensory journey will have guests donning head-mounted augmented reality (AR) goggles for a more immersed adventure. Here’s a breakdown of the experience courtesy of Universal:
- From the depths of the dungeon within Bowser’s Castle, guests will climb aboard stadium-style, four-seat Mario Kart vehicles inspired by the video game, put on their AR goggles …and then with a 3-2-1 GO! signal from Lakitu, they will be off to the races.
- The premise is simple but equally inspiring and challenging and will appeal to guests of all ages regardless of gaming experience. As part of Team Mario, guests will steer through courses underwater and in the clouds to compete for the Golden Cup while collecting coins to defeat Team Bowser and win.
The Feature Presentation retail store at the park’s entrance is already stocked with SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merchandise including Mario and Luigi themed apparel, iconic character hats, and a selection of plush.
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SUPER NINTENDO WORLD opens at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023. An official opening date has not yet been announced.