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A Real Life Super Nintendo World (With Mario Kart!) Is Opening This Summer

By Alex Landon March 4, 2020

Real life Mario Kart – it’s-a really happening at Super Nintendo World!

There’s no feeling in life quite like the potent mix of frustration, fear, and joy that is tackling Rainbow Road on Mario Kart. At least, not just yet. However, when three new Super Nintendo World theme parks start throwing open their doors, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the world of Mario and pals – complete with a life-size Mario Kart ride! We’ll get to the ride in a bit, but first, the most important news:

real life mario kart ride

When and where is Super Nintendo World opening?

Super Nintendo World will be appearing at Universal Studios’ parks around the world, and so far three locations have been announced:

🇯🇵 Tokyo, Japan, where the park will open in Summer 2020
🇺🇸 Los Angeles, California, probably in 2021 or 2022
🇺🇸 Orlando, Florida, in 2023

You’ll notice that list (sadly) doesn’t include the UK or even Europe, but it does give you one more reason to jet off in search of a Yoshi-led adventure.

What will the Mario Kart ride at Super Nintendo World be like?

Mario Kart Ride Theme Park Nintendo

Now, the bit you’ve all been waiting for! The Mario Kart ride is expected to feature dual tracks that will see four-person karts ‘race’ against each other, as well as famous Nintendo characters – look out for a final showdown against Bowser which will test your nerves. Augmented reality headsets are expected to bring the indoor ride to life, while the route will take riders through a series of classic Mario Kart worlds, from Wario’s Castle to Jungle Parkway.

Super Nintendo World Mario Kart

Other rumoured rides include a Yoshi ride (confirmed for the Japanese Super Nintendo World, and expected to follow elsewhere), a Mushroom Kingdom, and both Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Castle.

What about the games and challenges at Super Nintendo World?

Super Nintendo World Theme Park

It’s not just about the rides here, because there’s plenty else to get stuck into! The Super Nintendo Worlds are intended as a fully immersive journey through some of the world’s most beloved video games, which will boast shops, restaurants, and interactive gameplay in addition to the rides.

Super Mario Universal Park

That last part is arguably the most exciting, for the use of hi-tech ‘Power Up Bands’ will invite you to become part of the game. Visitors are invited to explore the park whilst collecting digital coins, participate in challenges, and even go head-to-head with rival gamers through smartphone apps and Nintendo Switches. You’ll even be unable to unlock ‘boss battles’, where perhaps you’ll be able to kick Waluigi in the balls.

And yes, you CAN punch blocks!

Block Punch Mario
Courtesy Universal Studios Japan

Mushrooms that make you twice the size are not currently planned, but you never know. In the meantime, all that’s left to do is start saving for plane tickets, and maybe sharpening your Mario Kart skills on your console of choice…