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New Super Nintendo World video and details released
Theme Park land set to utilise wristbands and mobile app
A new video and details have been released for Super Nintendo World, the theme park land set to open first in Universal Studios Japan this summer.
At a press conference in Japan on Tuesday, Universal confirmed an earlier report that the park will have visitors using wearable wristbands in conjunction with a mobile phone app, which it said will turn the land into “a life-size, living video game.”
Visitors will be able to collect virtual coins and stamps by exploring Nintendo World, and compete with others in real-time for the number collected.
Guests will also be able to collect various keys around the park to unlock battles against virtual boss characters, which are fought in cooperation with others.
Nintendo premiered a special music video at the event featuring an original song by Swedish artists Galantis and British singer Charlie XCX.
A recent report describing Nintendo World’s Mario Kart theme park ride claimed it would also feature AR goggles and cars that can ‘drift’ around corners.
Theme Park Shop claimed in December that the Mario Kart Ride, which is set to appear in all iterations of Universal Studios’ upcoming Super Nintendo World, will feature several locations from the Mario Kart games.
The ride will utilise LED screens, projection mapping and moving objects to create an impression that passengers are travelling faster than they actually are, it’s claimed.
Most significant is the suggestion that the ride could utilise augmented reality goggles, with passengers able to collect and use items from the Mario Kart series on other users.
At the end of the ride, visitors would then be able to compare their score to other passengers.
Following the Japan opening, Super Nintendo World is scheduled to come to Universal’s Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore parks, although a timeline for openings outside of Japan hasn’t been announced.