The first Super Nintendo World in the US set to open in early 2023 with more parks on the way

Mar 12, 2022

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As Mario would say, “Here we go!”

When Super Nintendo World opened at Universal Studios Japan in March 2021, plans were already well underway to build similar parks in the U.S. at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort. Unfortunately for stateside fans of Mario, Luigi and the gang, there was no concrete timeline for when those parks would open — until now.

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(Image courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood)

When will Super Nintendo World open at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Universal Studios Hollywood announced its Nintendo-themed land, which is already under construction, will open in early 2023. When it does, guests will have the chance to become part of a larger-than-life Nintendo universe.

As we eagerly await the grand opening, Universal Studios Hollywood announced its Feature Presentation shop (located just inside the park’s main entrance) will receive a “Mario makeover” with apparel, toys and other merchandise. You can even purchase one of Mario and Luigi’s classic white hats and begin planning your outfit for the land’s opening.

What can guests do at Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Universal’s original announcement only shared that the land will feature a “groundbreaking ride and interactive areas,” as well as themed dining and shopping that will make you feel like you’re an actual video game character. Recently, the park shared more details on what it is describing as this groundbreaking ride.

(Image courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood)

When “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” opens in early 2023, guests will enter Bowser’s Castle and essentially become players in the iconic Mario Kart video game. The ride “seamlessly fuses augmented reality with projection mapping technology and actual set pieces along a moving ride track to debut a ride that’s unparalleled anywhere within the theme park industry,” according to Universal.

The park also revealed that, like the video game, no two rides on “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” will be exactly the same. The variable outcomes give the ride major re-rideability potential.

What about Super Nintendo World at Universal Orlando Resort?

An exact opening date for Super Nintendo World at Universal Orlando Resort is still a little less clear at this point.

We do know that Super Nintendo World is slated to be just one of many lands at Universal Orlando’s new under-construction 750-acre theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe.

Rendering of Universal's Epic Universe theme park
(Image courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort)

The park was originally slated to open in 2023, but pandemic delays put the project on hold for some time. Work resumed in 2021 and Epic Universe, which will house Florida’s version of Super Nintendo World, is currently scheduled to open in summer 2025.

Although the pandemic forced theme parks to hit the pause button on new projects, it seems like they’ve finally removed the cartridge, blew on it a few times and hit the reset button. This is helping us advance one level closer to experiencing Super Nintendo World in the U.S. — both in California next year and then in Florida beginning in 2025.

Featured image by David Sprague/Universal Studios Hollywood.

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