In what can only be described as a childhood dream come true, Universal Studios and Nintendo have partnered up to create a mini-Nintendo themed area inside of Universal Studios Japan. Super Nintendo World, the official name for the area otherwise translated to “heaven”, is set to open in 2020, just in time for the Summer Olympics hosted in Japan.
Super Nintendo World will be sprawling with sweaty people dressed as your favorite Nintendo characters while the world itself will be “re-created at the highest level of quality”, which apparently means Level 8-4. I’m just hoping I finally get to meet my childhood hero, Birdo. State-of-the-art rides can also be expected although we currently do not know how many rides and interactive experiences there will be. From the concept art (pictured above) fans will likely be able to visit Peach’s castle, Bowser’s castle, and even get shroomed up inside of a Toad house.
This project is intended to help strengthen the Japanese economy. Launching right before the Olympics is no coincidence. More tourists will be drawn in and likely flood the theme park during their stay. The project will create over a million jobs after 10 years and its launch window is estimated to bring in 11.7 million yen for Japan which converts to about 101 billion USD. If only we were getting those attractions here, then maybe America could pay off some of its national debt. Luckily, both the Orlando and Hollywood versions of Universal Studios will eventually see their own Nintendo-themed areas. Which is good because I buy anything Nintendo waves in front of me and I would have given my whole life saving’s to go to Japan.
Universal Studios Hollywood has garnered renewed interest from many people due to the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a faithful adaptation of the movies’ locales. I’m excited to see how they interpret a Nintendo-themed world and bring the colorful characters and otherworldly locations to life.