Miyamoto Takes Fans on a Tour of Super Nintendo World in Latest Direct
Super Nintendo World is set to open at Universal Studios Japan on February 4, 2021, but other locations will be coming at a later date.
During a special Nintendo Direct, Shigeru Miyamoto took us through a detailed look of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Japan. The new amusement park contains all of the characteristics and charm any video game fan would expect to see from a Nintendo game, but now it is in real life.
To start, Miyamoto, who introduced himself as Mario’s Dad, jumped out of a warp pipe that was in front of the entrance to the park. He explained that the park was now complete and he would like to give everyone a quick tour of what to expect inside the park. Plus, he even gave a quick nod to former Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata who sadly passed away in 2015 by mimicking the arms motion he used to do while beginning Nintendo Directs.
To begin, we were shown the entrance to the park, a giant warp pipe. Which I have to say is probably the best idea for the entrance. Once passed through, you are taken inside of Peach’s castle with the castle music from Super Mario 64 playing in the background. There is even a painting on the right of Bob-omb battlefield, the first level in Super Mario 64.
Next, Miyamoto demonstrated some of the activities that can be interacted within the park. One of the activities was a coin block that can be tapped from the bottom using a Power-Up Band, a band that goes around the park guest’s wrists. These bands look to function very similarly to Magic Bands from Disney. Once guests tap the coin block, they will be rewarded with coins that guests can check the status of on a smartphone app. Miyamoto also demonstrated another activity that tasks guests with hitting a pow block at just the right moment to receive another reward.
We were then taken on a tour of an underground maze level, which looked similar to the iconic 1-2 level from Super Mario Bros. The maze was filled with brick blocks that can be tapped for rewards and bob-ombs that explode. There is even one section of the maze that greatly increases the size of all of the blocks as if you are turning into mini Mario.
Next, we were shown the gift shop, the 1-up-Factory, which contains all of the goodies guests can purchase. Miyamoto demoed one of the new creations that will be available for purchase called Tokotoko Mario, a toy that makes Mario walk if you push the attached shell behind him.
Kinopio’s Cafe will be the restaurant guests can sit down at and have a meal. Of course, all of the dishes are Nintendo themed. On top of that, there are giant screens around the restaurant that show into the kitchen. Inside, it looks like the place is being run by toads. It was pretty adorable.
To close, Miyamoto stood in front of Bowser’s Castle, which contains one of the park rides Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge. Miyamoto stated that they wanted to build a ride that has never been done before and that it took six years to create.
Super Nintendo World is set to open on February 4, 2021 in Universal Studio Japan. The park will also be coming to Los Angeles, Orlando, and Singapore at later dates.