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Visit Super Nintendo World without going to Japan

The website was updated with an interactive map

Mario Kart Super Nintendo World splash image Image: Nintendo/Universal Studios Japan
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Most of us probably won’t be able to travel to Japan for the opening of Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World, but there’s a second option for checking out the theme park: a digital walkthrough available on the Super Nintendo World website.

Sure, nothing will be as magical as the real thing, but the interactive map is our best look at the park yet. On the website, visitors are able to fly through the park, checking out different rides, like the Mario Kart Koopa’s Challenge and a Yoshi ride, called Yoshi’s Adventure. Everything is rendered in 3D, with looks at the different interactive elements at the park down to the food and gift shops.

You can see a full overhead view on the map below.

Super Nintendo World map with different locations marked Image: Nintendo/Universal Studios Japan

Nintendo shared details on its food and shopping options last year, but there are plenty more photos available now, including this burger with a very cute Mario hat. There’s also a mushroom pizza bowl with a dough cap, and a Question Block tiramisu. It’s a theme park, so you can also expect souvenir popcorn buckets — both in Mario Kart and Superstar styles.

We’ve also got a great look at the Power Up Bands that will partner with a smartphone app. Naturally, they’re also very cute, and designed to collect points as players “play” their way though the park. Alongside these bands, visitors to the park will also be able to meet Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and toads — and according to the website, people with Power Up Bands may have “more fun.” I don’t know what that means, but I am excited to — one day — find out.

Until then, it’s just me endlessly scrolling through the digital walkthrough.

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