SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is officially welcoming guests into the Mushroom Kingdom at Universal Studios Hollywood starting February 17, 2023. The new land will feature the signature attraction, Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge plus a new restaurant, shop, and interactive elements activated with Power-Up Bands. Here’s details we know so far about what you can expect.
“Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge”
This all-new, technologically-advanced ride, inspired by the popular Mario Kart™ video game series, will seamlessly fuse cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) with projection mapping technology and actual set pieces along a moving ride track. Set against a multi-sensory backdrop of color, sound and movement, guests will be seated in stadium-style, four-seat vehicles as they navigate familiar courses through the creative use and integration of head mounted AR goggles. This unique feature is a key point of differentiation that distinguishes this ride from other theme park attractions.
The premise of “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” is simple but equally inspiring and challenging, appealing to guests of all ages regardless of gaming experience. As part of Team Mario, guests will steer through underwater courses and courses in the clouds to compete for the Golden Cup while collecting coins to defeat Team Bowser and win. “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” raises the stakes for guests as an intriguing and repeatable ride with a variety of outcomes.
More to Explore
Within the land, guests will become fully engulfed in an engaging world of real-life gameplay, including punching “?” Blocks to collect digital coins and a variety of interactive elements including interactive binoculars employing augmented reality technology positioned within the land.
They will come in six design options with character themes and will be available for purchase both within the land and at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD retail shops located in the theme park and on CityWalk.
Guests can participate in special challenges to collect virtual keys from Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant and Thwomp. Completing all the interactive activities to unlocks access to the culminating boss battle with Bowser Jr.
Interactions are achieved with Power-Up Band. These wearable wristbands sync with Universal Studios Hollywood’s free downloadable app to keep track of your gameplay and activate the land’s interactive elements which include (but are not limited to):
- Keep individual and team scores
- Collect digital coins
- Obtaining keys after winning challenges throughout the land
Power-Up Bands will also invite guests to enjoy extra-special interactions with Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach.
Toadstool Cafe: The land’s signature restaurant Toadstool Cafe will serve a gourmet menu perfected by Chef Toad where he will greet guests upon entry. Menu items prepared fresh daily include Toadstool Cheesy Garlic Knots, Super Mushroom Soup, Piranha Plant Caprese, Mario Bacon Cheeseburger, Luigi Pesto Chicken Burger, ? Block Tiramisu and Princess Peach Cupcake.
1-UP Factory: What better way to commemorate a visit to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD than to visit the 1-UP Factory retail shop to purchase collectable memorabilia. The 1-UP Factory will offer an extensive selection of merchandise from Mario and Luigi themed apparel to iconic character hats and an array of plush characters, including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser.
See it for Yourself
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD opens at Universal Studios Hollywood in February 17, 2023.