Visitors to Universal Studios Japan will soon be able to immerse themselves in the world of Super Mario Bros. and other Nintendo franchises at Super Nintendo World. Nintendo of America revealed the first concept of the Mario-themed attraction on Twitter today.
Super Nintendo World will feature “attractions based on many Nintendo titles,” according to Nintendo. The attraction is bound for the Universal Studios theme park in Osaka, Japan, though Nintendo and Universal Studios also have plans to bring Mario and friends to parks in Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida.
Universal Studios plans to open its Nintendo attraction “in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” the company said in a release. Development costs for Super Nintendo World are “expected to exceed 50 billion yen” (about $433 million), according to a news release.
#SUPERNINTENDOWORLD featuring attractions based on many Nintendo titles is coming to Universal Studios Japan! pic.twitter.com/NcmxK0GAZ6— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 12, 2016
Nintendo’s teaser for Universal Studios Japan leans heavily on Mario and Luigi, with versions of Princess Peach and Bowser’s castles and what appear to be theme park character versions of Peach and Toad.
“The attraction area will also feature a variety of other globally popular Nintendo characters,” the companies said. “Nintendo characters and the worlds they inhabit will be re-created at the highest level of quality through the strong partnership between Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto, Creative Fellow at Nintendo, and Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, renowned for creative and technical excellence.”
In November, Nintendo and Universal Studios announced initial details of its partnership, saying the Nintendo-themed attractions will “expansive, immersive and interactive” and feature “authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.” The park attractions will open separately over the next several years, the companies said.