After delaying its grand opening, the Super Nintendo Land zone in Universal Studios Japan finally announced the new opening plan. Utilizing various new technology, the Super Nintendo World promises to bring a first-ever play experience that can only be experienced in the theme park.
From AR to projection mapping technology: maximum fun for Super Nintendo World
Previously scheduled to open in 2020, Universal Studios Japan had to delay its Super Nintendo Land zone’s opening to February 4th, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Universal Studio Japan constructed the Super Nintendo Land zone with attractions based on one of Nintendo’s best selling game, Mario.
Just like other zones, the Super Nintendo World will have conventional rides, restaurants, and gift shops. However, one very different thing that could leave its visitors an unforgetable experience through immersive and interactive games. Noted from CNN, visitors of Nintendo Zone can jump and punch “question blocks” to collect virtual coins. The virtual coins and keys are stored in a smartphone app that links to Power-Up Bands available for purchase in Nintendo zone.
Another main atraction that has been attracting Nintendo’s avid fans is real-life Mario Kart roller coaster. Universal Studio Japan built the ride to resemble Bowser Castle. The theme park furnishes it with stone walls, iron fences and even a large statue of Mario Kart’s antagonist. Visitors who will ride the attraction, named as “Koopa’s Challenge” need to wear Mario Kart’s cap shaped headsets. Noted from CNN, the roller coaster is also installed with augmented reality, projection mapping,and special effects. Other than Mario Kart, Nintendo Super World also have Princess Peach Castle and Yoshi’s Adventureas its main attractions.
COVID-19 virus spread still concerning theme parks
COVID-19 pandemic has become a threat for theme parks, as numerals have been severely affected by COVID-19. Walt Disney Company even had to lay off at least 32,000 employees of its parks division last week to keep the business going. Nevertheless, The Verge reported that Universal Studio Japan will cooperate with health administration officials to assure a safe environment for both visitors and staff. Accordingly, the theme park will limit its visitors to 50% of its normal capacity.