It's 2020, I haven't been to a theme park or traveled anywhere all year, but Nintendo is opening a theme park in Japan in 2021.
with Universal Studios.
Super Nintendo World is coming February 4. What's it got?
Well, Nintendo and universal just dropped a bunch of news.
Let's go through the details.
So last year I went to Universal Studios in Florida and I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and got a cool wand.
That sort of interactive stuff got me thinking about theme parks, and that's exactly where Nintendo is going with Super Nintendo World.
In fact, it was supposed to open this year.
But of course because of COVID-19 every plan got derailed, but Nintendo and universal are sticking to February 4 2021, which is not far away for the park to open.
Now in Japan, the COVID situation may be different than in the US where it feels like I'm really not traveling at all.
But the park does have two rides and a bit more to entice people to make a trip or to go check it out somehow if they live nearby.
Universal studios in Osaka is going to have the self-contained Nintendo kingdom.
And it's been very carefully co-designed with Nintendo.
Now we do know that there are these power-up bands that you wear, like a watch.
That's motion-detected, and basically will act kind of like a fitness tracker.
And you can use it to jump around and interact with a bunch of things in the park, paired with the smartphone app.
There's also going to be this extra challenge that allows you to collect three different keys.
And retrieve some stuff from Bowser Jr.
It's like a separate game within a game in the part, that sounds pretty interesting, but kind of like the sort of gamified things I've been trying out at home on various smart watches and other types of stuff.
The two rides are really get my interest.
The new temple ride is going to be Mario Kart Koopa's challenge.
Now this is a big augmented reality enhanced roller coaster.
We knew that Nintendo and universal were going to have a Mario Kart themed ride.
We just didn't really know a lot of the other details.
So the images and the sneak peeks that we got a peek at today.
Show that it does look like a roller coaster thing and you're gonna be wearing this type of a cap headset, it's going to have two lenses that descend that are going to create augmented reality, like the stuff you'd see on a Microsoft HoloLens or Magic Leap by done in a theme park setting.
So you should see some hovering things around you, looking like other cars and enemies, there's also going to be projection mapping technology.
So stuff around you, there will be projectors that interact and if you've ever done any recent universal rides or in the past, really in the past decade, they use 3D glasses.
They use projection mapping, and they can make it seem like things are floating around in 3D.
So it sounds like a more advanced version of that.
But what's also interesting is that earlier this year and now available for sale
Is an augmented reality Mario Kart game for home.
Mario Kart live home circuit which allows you to look through the camera here and race in courses with AR FX overlaid.
It kinda sounds like this Super Nintendo World Mario Kart ride is going to be like a big super powered version of what this has Except you're gonna be able to actually feel like you're in an, in the car and looking around and having all this other cool stuff happen.
They're gonna be for people who are gonna be allowed in the cart with you and the ride's supposed to take about five minutes.
Now, the other ride is called Yoshi's adventure, where you're gonna be riding along with captain toad to look for three eggs on this kind of like treasure hunting ride.
For two people in a little vehicle, like a little Yoshi vehicle that you're going to take around the park, this sounds really cute.
And it looks like it's designed for writers who are a little bit smaller, so maybe may skew to a slightly yeah.
The younger age.
It also kind of sounds a bit like the men in black alien attack, right.
At universal studios where you're able to kind of treasure hunt and zap things.
I don't know if you're able to zap things, whether you're going to look for stuff, how interactive that's going to be, or there just be a gentle ride, but that's the other ride at super Nintendo world that also is supposed to be about five minutes long.
So in addition to those two rides, there were supposed to be a lot of other things you can do with the power of band.
To look for things that that was your junior is hidden in this kind of elaborate mini game that runs through the park.
Also, right reminds me in some ways of the stuff that Star Wars galaxies edge has been doing interacting with phones.
And there's also seems to be a lot of ways that you can just earn different band challenges throughout the park.
And have it interact with stuff.
There also restaurants and gift shops.
We don't know about that, but in terms of what particular shops or restaurants they're going to be, but the aerial views and the peaks of the park right now really do look like some sort of a screen capture from a 3D Mario game.
I feel like I'm, I'm about to enter the level.
And there are coins and there are giant Parana plants and work pipes and all that kind of stuff.
Tha's the thing about a lot of these theme, lands in theme parks is that they tend to usually have one or two tent pole rides and the rest is to explore.
And that's about it.
Will that be enough to draw you in?
What I think is going to be really interesting is to see when super Nintendo world finally makes a move To come to the US as well to Universals parks and of course again, I'm not going to Universal parks or Disney Parks right now, but I can't wait till I get back to one.
Universal has to be expanding it's Florida theme park with a with a third Park we don't know much about Nintendo's plans in that park at all he one in Japan is going to be the beginning of what will probably be an experience that will carry over in other places.
I'm really excited to see how VR headset works on the ride and yeah sure I I wear a lot of smartwatches.
I'm really curious about how the power of band is going to function to.
Will it be this sort of stuff that also could connect to other future Nintendo games I have no idea.
Right now I'm staying at home.
I'm playing a switch.
I'm playing with VR and I'm dreaming about theme parks.
Hopefully somebody else is going to make a trip out there and get to check it out.
That's what we know about Super Nintendo World at the end of 2020.
It should be launching February 4 and it looks like it's getting pretty close to completion.