Japan’s Super Nintendo World theme park at Universal Studios Japan will open in spring 2020, in time for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Initially, the park will feature two rides: Super Mario Kart and Yoshi’s Adventures, Universal Parks & Resorts CEO Tom Williams revealed at a media conference on Thursday (attended by Attractions Magazine).
“It’s the best, and we’ve tested them all, and they’re killers. It’s a great lineup. It takes it to the whole next level. It’s gonna redefine what a park experience is like. It really is special,” said Williams when asked about the land’s attractions.
Williams also revealed a new, yet unannounced interactive element for the land will involve magnetic bracelets that guests can use to interact with the land’s environment.
Guests will be able to track their “scores” gained through interactions and rides, said Williams, and this scorekeeping will interface “back with your game console so you can build on it and come back again.”
It’s not yet clear how this system would work, but it could involve some kind of Nintendo Switch app.
Williams would not give any timeline for Nintendo’s presence at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, citing that he didn’t want to “defer attendance.”
Construction on the Japanese park began in June 2017.