Source: The Super Nintendo World announcement poster from Universal
The first Super Nintendo World theme park area in the U.S. will open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023, with themed merchandise making its way onto shelves ahead of the land’s debut.
Announced by Universal Studios, next year, theme park guests will be able to visit a newly expanded area of Universal Studios Hollywood. The themed land brings visitors into the brightly colored world of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, including a ‘groundbreaking’ ride and interactive areas. Themed shopping and dining aim to enhance the experience.
The park is a partnership between Nintendo and Universal Creative, aiming to deliver “exhilarating entertainment with innovative technological achievements inspired by characters and video games that have appealed to generations of Nintendo fans for over 40 years”.
Before that 2023 opening, Universal will release related merchandise such as Mario and Luigi-themed apparel, character hats, and a selection of plush characters (including Yoshi, Mario, Bowser and Luigi). That will all be stocked at Universal Studio Hollywood’s Feature Presentation retail store, which will open soon with new Super Nintendo World theming.
The first Super Nintendo World opened at Universal Studios Japan in 2021. IGN Japan visited the land, capturing photos of the new theme park area as well as the food and merch items available at the location, while summarising the whole experience in a review that praised it for offering “a theme park experience unlike any other.”
Super Nintendo World is scheduled to become part of other Universal Studios sites around the world, including Orlando and Singapore, but the opening of the Orlando attraction has reportedly been delayed until 2025. Meanwhile, the Mario-themed land at Universal Studios Japan is only set to expand further with a Donkey Kong-themed area, opening in 2024.
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