Super Nintendo World is a new theme park opening at Universal Studios Japan on February 4th, 2021. Recently Shigeru Miyamoto, legendary game designer of Zelda and Mario fame, gave a tour of the theme park. You can watch the full 15-minute video above.
The theme park is designed to feel like you’re walkthrough a 3D Mario level, including pipe tunnels, piranha plants, and Bowser’s castle.
During the tour, Miaymoto shows off the Power-Up Bands. Power-Up Bands (which are a separate, optional purchase) are digital devices you can wear like a watch, and can be used to activate different mini-games and kiosks in the park. Power-Up Bands link to your account, where you can collect virtual coins and digital stamps.
The Power-Up Band is required to play the Golden Mushroom challenge, which involves completing mini-games to fight Bowser Jr and earn a reward.
The bands also work as amiibo, and currently come in four flavors: Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Peach.
The big attraction is the Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge ride, an interactive roller-coaster that involves a virtual headset. The theme park also includes themed food from Kinopio’s Cafe and a gift shop with unique Nintendo toys.
The Super Nintendo World theme park is coming to other countries, including Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida in the United States in the future. If you want to be the first to experience it, you’ll need to head to Osaka, Japan this February.