The Mario-themed section of Universal Studios Japan, Super Nintendo World, is finally starting to take shape some four years after its initial announcement.
Photos posted to Twitter show a section of the theme park under construction with clearly visible Mario-themed features including the iconic yellow question mark box, coins, a Mario flag pole, and the POW block that first appeared in the Mario Bros. arcade game.
USJの任天堂エリア、ハテナブロックとマリオの旗が設置されました。2020年春にジョーズ裏にオープン！— USJ情報局 L.C.A.STUDIOS (@LCASTUDIOS_USJ) September 28, 2019
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD ™ is under construction behind JAWS Ride and will open in the spring of 2020！#USJ #マリオカート pic.twitter.com/vfuMiOa8p3
The idea is to use Mario and other Nintendo franchises in a dedicated area of Universal Studios Japan. The planned opening is 2020, just in time for Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics.
The section photographed above is the fleshed-out vision for the Japanese park. It was first conceived during a 2017 commercial for the theme park concept, which you can watch below.
Among the first attractions will be a Mario Kart ride and a Yoshi’s Adventure ride. If successful, there’s a possibility that the concept could expand to Universal Studios Orlando.
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