Interactive theme park experiences continue to get more and more nuanced and the Super Nintendo World expansion at Universal Studios Hollywood continues in that tradition. Exclusive to the land, you can purchase Power-Up Bands that will enhance your visit with special activities and point-tracking challenges.

Here’s what you can expect with the Power-Up Band experience in Super Nintendo World starting February 17, 2023. Letsa go!

What Are They

Essentially, the Power-Up Band is a fancy slap band that can track your digital progress inside of Super Nintendo World when you have it linked to your Universal Studios Hollywood app. They sell for $40 plus tax and are available in six designs: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad, and Daisy.

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How To Get One

Inside the land, there are dedicated kiosks to purchase Power-Up Bands. However, you don’t have to be inside of Super Nintendo World to buy a Power-Up Band. You can actually make your purchase around the property including at the below locations.

  • SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ STORE at CityWalk
  • Character Shop
  • Feature Presentation Store

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How to Link

Once you have your Power-Up Band, you’ll need to download and open the Universal Studios Hollywood mobile app and navigate to the Super Nintendo World portal. The first thing you’re prompted to do in the app is to “Scan Band” where you’ll scan the QR code on the back of your Power-Up Band to link. Follow the instructions here and then this part of the mobile app becomes your home base for all elements of the Power-Up Band experience.

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What Does It Do?

Once you have your Power-Up Band scanned and connected into your account within the Universal Studios Hollywood mobile app, you can keep track of your progress to see…

  • How many digital coins you’ve collected (they have no monetary value)
  • How many achievement stamps you’ve earned for completing activities
  • See how you rank up against other guests in the park (including your score on the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge attraction)
  • It’s also what you’ll use to engage in the Golden Mushroom Key Challenge
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Golden Mushroom Key Challenge

An attraction unto itself, this can only be experienced with a Power-Up Band. As the story goes, Bowser Jr. has stolen the Golden Mushroom from Princess Peach and only we can help by recovering golden keys that gain access to Bowser Jr.’s private lair where you’ll engage in a final boss battle to recover the Golden Mushroom.

There’s four different activities where the golden keys are protected by Bowswer Jr.’s goons:

Piranha Plant Nap Mishap

Best accomplished as a team activity, disarm several alarm clocks to prevent them from awaking a gigantic Piranha Plant so that you can relieve him of a golden key.

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Goomba Crazy Crank

Outsmart a Goomba by spinning a crank that will cause him to loose his footing and gain you access to a golden key.

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Koopa Troopa POWer Punch

Use your Power-Up Band to punch a POW block and send a spinning turtleshell through a warp tunnel to disarm a Koopa Troopa of a golden key.

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Thwomp Panel Panic

Tap all the blocks on the touch-screen to align them to the same color before time runs out to earn a golden key.

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Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown Boss Battle

There’s four different keys to collect but once you have at least three, you can proceed to the final Boss Battle at Bowser Jr.’s lair.

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MORE INFO: See all of our coverage of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

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See it for Yourself

Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood officially opens February 27, 2023.

The new Super Nintendo World expansion is located inside of Universal Studios Hollywood park and access is included with regular park admission. Super Nintendo World is not a separate theme park.

MORE INFO: For tickets, visit store.universalstudioshollywood.com.

Know Before You Go

Before the official opening on February 27, 2023, access to the land is NOT guaranteed. While the land is in Technical Rehearsal, it may be partially or completely unavailable. If you’re in the park before the official opening of Super Nintendo World, check with Team Members about the availability of Technical Rehearsal to get your early sneak peek.

After February 27, 2023, a Virtual Line Reservation might be required for access into Super Nintendo World. See below for additional details.

MORE INFO: Virtual Line Reservations will be used as needed for access into Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

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