Super Nintendo World Theme Park To Add Mario Kart Attraction, Spare Us From Blue Shell Mayhem

If you're a diehard Mario fan, start saving up your gold coins now for a vacation to Japan in a few years. That is because Universal Studios is planning to open a real life Super Nintendo World at its theme park in Japan. It will feature plenty of themed goodies and characters, including Mario himself (of course), and a Mario Kart ride attraction.

Super Nintendo World

It was previously announced that the themed section would open in 2020 with state of the art rides, interactive areas, shops, and restaurants featuring Nintendo's iconic game characters, However, details of what exactly visitors will see and experience have been tight-lipped. Now we've learned through a Japanese-language website that Super Nintendo World will be a massive complex featuring a Mario Kart ride and other attractions.

Universal Studios Japan initially planned to invest around 50 billion yen (nearly $432 million in U.S. currency) into Super Nintendo World, but that figure has been bumped up to over 60 billion yen (around $544.4 million). It is being developed in the theme park's parking lot and part of an area that's been designated for future expansion. The new section is expected to create around 1.1 million jobs in Japan within a decade of opening, while bringing in 11.7 trillion yen (around $101.3 million).

Previous reports suggested the themed area will have something for everyone, regardless of age or gaming level experience. The whole idea behind the expansion is to make guests feel as if they are actually playing inside of a Nintendo game by immersing all five senses.

"The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special. All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways," Universal Studios Japan previously said.

Adding to the hype is a new video ad that Universal Studios Japan shared. While largely made up of computer graphics, here is hoping that the entrance to Super Nintendo World is indeed through a green pipe.