Update (Mon 1st Jun, 2020 12:30 BST): A second aerial shot of Super Nintendo World has now been shared online, this time giving us a look at the entrance to the park. It looks like visitors will walk in via a giant green Warp Pipe, and there's even an adorable Super Star on the ground. Lovely stuff.
Original Article (Thu 28th May, 2020 10:15 BST): Over the past year or so, we've been seeing small, cheeky glimpses at what Super Nintendo World will have to offer in the form of leaked concept models and long-distance photographs, but this new shot is perhaps the best of the lot.
As you may know, the theme park, situated in Universal Studios Japan, was originally planned to open just in time for this year's Tokyo Olympics (which has since been pushed back to next year). It's currently unclear how the coronavirus pandemic may have affected the park's construction, but it sure seems to be coming along nicely. Get a load of this juicy photograph courtesy of Instagram user, @imaiko02:
We can immediately see areas based on both Princess Peach and Bowser's castles, lots of Warp Pipes and Question Blocks, and plenty more besides.
Back in September, it was revealed that Super Nintendo World will "redefine what a park experience is like" thanks to a special magnetic wristband that visitors can use to keep track of scores and connect to games consoles.
Who fancies a trip to Japan when the world goes back to normal? We sure do.
[source instagram.com, via gonintendo.com]
to bad I don't live in japan. still cant wait to see it in its done
Too bad I do not live in Japan either.
Is it because it’s taken from the air and at a distance or is the Nintendo themed park area really that small? Either way, I wish I could afford to travel to Japan when the whole pandemic is over.
So small, by the looks of it....
@FragRed I agree I think it looks small, but hey ho I'll probably never get there anyway.
I want to go to there.
The park isn't huge but hopefully they can use this as a stepping stone to a fully-fledged DisneyWorld style park.
@FragRed There were reports that the Japanese government were considering subsidising people's flights to Japan once the Covid crisis is over to try and recoup some tourism income, so you should keep an eye on that. I spent a couple of months there in my youth and it is the most wonderful country on Earth.
@FragRed it doesn't seem to be massive, but honestly the Harry Potter section of USJ is not massive either and has one of the best rides in the whole park.
If we use the truck in the bottom right of the picture for scale, this is tiny.
Looks great but shame about the size
That is a bus, not a truck.
People always find a reason to complain. Looks amazing and must've been a lot of hard work for the artists and engineers involved!
It looks great!
But very Mario, I hope the have things for many franchises of the company
Anyway let’s go Nintendo!
The optimist version is that the park is going to be awesome and is going to come in all lands of the globe in 200 years.
@Dancampulung I have to agree with @Bunkerneath - it looks like a Mitsubishi Canter truck to me, which is approximately 6m in length. I calculate that the area here is approximately 10,000m2 which is 43% bigger than a football pitch.
Too much maths!
@Dancampulung He said bottom right, not top left...
@Dancampulung there was a 95.4% chance that you were going to say that, but then 115% of my statistics are incorrect =0p
@Dancampulung bottom right, not top left
It is easier to see the big bus in the empty area than the small truck where there are more objects.
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Japan has always been pretty good with small spaces, specially Tokyo. It’s more of a vertical country rather than horizontal. It may seem small but look at how many levels that thing has. You’re all just considering the horizontal area.
I think I'm going to have to go to Japan when things get better.
I'm certain Universal US said Nintendo World will be going to the Florida park once this one has opened. Judging by the Harry Potter lands, Florida will probably be bigger.
Definitely. Nintendo Florida will have a ride Japan does not (Donkey Kong) and is also being built in a brand new theme park (Epic Universe). So space is no issue.
Yep looks a lot of fun, always wanted to go to Japan but scared of flying since 2003. Great work from the designers and builders xx
I was lucky enough to visit Japan for 3 weeks in 2011 just after the Tsunami hit and loved every second of it. This is just one more reason for me to go back again. 😍
Guys it might look little but just a couple of years ago it didn't exist. Yes it could be so much more, some day I'm sure it will be. But this right here looks like a small slice of magic. And to me that is amazing.
Also worth noting that the rides probably live in those large nondescript buildings, what we can see is just the open-air themed areas/walkways.
Really interested to see how the play-design of this area is thought out.
I keep telling the lady I'm way more excited for this than I was for Galaxy's Edge. I mean yeah it was really something at first to stand right next to a full scale Millennium Falcon, having a drink in a Cantina, the rides and land design but overall it was kinda underwhelming. This on the other hand looks like way more of a experience I can't wait for!
Sadly by the time the Hollywood version is built here I'll be that 40 year old running around it all giddy
Small, I have seen larger postage stamps.
Someone get Doug Bowser to his new castle, stat!
This looks like stuff of dreams, regardless of its size... I doubt I'll ever manage to visit Japan, but if I do this will be high up on the list of places to see
Too bad I live in Japan but for SOME reason I won't be able to go to this any time soon. Or rather, reasons... I guess our child-boy is probably still too young. How dare he.
For a generally Nintendo theme park, it's very Mario...
@Dancampulung I'd say definitely but you never know
so colorful ! it makes the real world look desaturated lol
By the looks of things that is just the outside area. The castles look like they are entrances to larger indoor areas.
Not built for social distancing.
I see a lot of mario. I hope universal and nintendo realize the potential in Metroid or Zelda rides. Imagine Pikmin, where everything is huge, like toy story in disneyland!
A path to nowhere under the bridge. I think there's still enough room in USJ for the DK mini land and coaster (that will be exclusive to Epic Universe as of now).
Everyone is so scared it'll be small but you are all forgetting the warp pipes.
Looks pretty small. I was expecting there to be a Donkey Kong world, and Hyrule.
Hopefully they expand like Disneyland did through the years.
It looks pretty impressive how much they squeezed into this considering the expansion space they had. USJ is very much landlocked, and what used to be a parking lot is their last bit of land that can be used for expansion (other than a small bit of land seemingly set aside for future Nintendo expansion).
Only real way to make this bigger would've been to immediately use the Nintendo expansion space immediately OR demolish WWoHP (Not happening) or Waterworld (not happening either, because guest satisfaction is surprisingly dependent on this one show).
if we take into consideration that japan is about the size of California, and that universal and disney parks in California are smaller than that of Floridas parks. and that japan also is more condensed as a whole compared to any part of the us. i think the size of japans nintendo world is fair, even if it is tiny compared to what the rest of the world is use too.
Really looking forward to going someday but I hope it's more than just Mario land
Is that DK Island below the pyramids?
It looks great but it doesn't look like there's actually much room to like, you know, MOVE? Imagine the crowds that'll draw, it's gonna be packed. If it's only a limited amount of people allowed in at once, those tickets are gonna be pretty scarce...
This looks like just Mario? Perhaps this is the first of several planned zones? I’m not seeing where the rest of Nintendo fits in there.
Can't be any worse than when Hogsmede opened at Islands of Adventures and the line to enter was all the way to the Citywalk parking structure.
There looks to be room for a small expansion. But, don't expect anything other than Donkey Kong in Japan. Universal Orlando after opening Epic Universe with DK and Mario, is rumored to be planning Zelda and Pokémon areas in the other 2 parks, but don't expect it to open until mid to late 2020's.
I want to go there...
If you go there, and you start hitting every wall, just to make sure.....do they kick you out, or do they give you rewards?
Looks cool, but that's some terrible timing. Who knows how many years it's going to be until things get back to normal, if ever. Maybe they can retool this to work with new safety measures like 6 foot distancing but I doubt they could get enough business with so few people in the park at a time.
I hope there's a park like that in my country like to Disneyland Paris.
It’s called Super Nintendo world, right? So technically we’ve only seen the Super Mario Bro’s section. Here’s hoping for an animal crossing or Zelda location!
Oh boy, it better have the underground music once you go into the pipe.
It looks like the one and only entrance in and out of the land, I hope it's capable of handling foot traffic well.
God damn I need to go to this some day
It looks like it has all the Nintendo titles: Super Mario, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Mario Tennis, Mario Party....
@FragRed because the rides are all virtual reality (I assume, like universal studios in California and other theme parks) the areas indeed can be quite small. Plus, no idea how many rides there may even be. Simpson’s world is probably less than half that, with the one ride, but it’s still pretty awesome. It’s kinda nice to be all condensed into one well done area. In that way when you are there you become fully immersed in it.
Insert Mario pipe noise
I’m so going there next year!!
It definitely looks small. I just use the vehicles, like the white bus in the upper left corner as a reference.
One thing that seems odd, is that there is only one green pipe for an entrance? Seems rather restricting. Hopefully Nintendo has a bunch of warp pipe emergency exits in case of emergencies.
Wow... it is a small world... wait... that's another themed area.... nevermind.
@Kang81 There are, they just drop you straight into lava inside Bowser’s castle.
To be fair, Japanese people are generally smaller physically than us beefy westerners so the size is not that big of a deal.
@legendcoworker I was under the impression that they might make one here at universal studios FL. I could be wrong, though.
I think its a little bit too small and cropped, but i understand as japan has the most expensive ground a m2 in the world.
It is a start, every themepark has to begin small.
If they used the lake next to it as an underwater-themed section visitors would be thrown into, you could easily double the area, and the casualties too.
The photo is not life-size...
I hope they sell beer. Mario Karting after a few brews will be fuuuuuun
@RyanCraddock The Instagram source could not be found.
Ah yes, good old Koopa never fails! ha
It seems like a very small plot?
Any information on its size. Looks like a tiny theme park from these pics.
@Bondi_Surfer lol obvs.
Any information on its size, it looks like a small tightly packed theme park?
If there's no Mario Kart style Go Karting, then they've surely missed a trick. Apart from that it looks awesome.
Mario Kart's inside the massive show building located behind Bowser's Castle and the grassy mountains.
Will be some kind of thrill ride with AR elements to represent items like bananas and shells.
Great news! I'd have preferred real life Mario themed Go Karting, but, saying that I can just imagine the lawsuit if some unfortunate Japanese kid gets twatted by a blue shell (loses control and crashes into something solid and stationary basically) this resulting in a fractured pelvis and some angry patents! 😂 😂
not very big. they should make it bigger.
It's just a part of USJ.....it's not supposed to be a whole theme park. It never was planned or announced to be........why were you all expecting it to be massive?
Strange ass folk.
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