Super Nintendo World opens in Japan next year on 4th February. Ahead of its release, Shigeru Miyamoto gave us a 15-minute look at some sections of the park. For your convenience, we've thrown everything from this livestream into a single post.
Warp Pipe Entrance + Peach's Castle
The entry point of Super Nintendo World is a Warp Pipe. How appropriate! From here, you'll enter Peach's Castle. As you can see, there are some familiar-looking paintings on the wall. There's also castle music from Super Mario 64.
? Block and Power-Up Band
In Miyamoto's words - this here is the "? Block" activity. With the Power-Up Band, you can play a special game. Power-Up Bands also allow you to search for secrets hidden around the park, record what you do and you can use the QR code on the back to link it with the smartphone app and "check your status".
Just like in the Super Mario games, this block will give you coins. In this case, they go straight to your smartphone app. All up, there are six different bands to collect and they even work "like amiibo" so you can use them after you return home.
Sleeping Piranha Plant Activity
Miyamoto didn't want to reveal anything about this one just yet...
Koopa Troopa POW Block Activity
In this activity, the aim is to get the spinning key above the pipe. To start the game, you tap the "key tap point" and must then try and get the shell to hit the POW Block above. It's all about the timing.
The key then gets recorded to the Power-Up Band. If you manage to collect three keys, you can then take on Bowser Jr.
Underground Level + Giant Bob-omb
This section of the park was described by Miyamoto as a "realistic underground cave" resembling a huge maze. In here, you'll find more things you can scan and exploding Bob-omb. In one section you'll even feel like you've turned into "mini Mario". And to go out with a bang, there's a giant Bob-omb activity.
1-UP Factory, TOKOTOKO Mario + Popcorn
Presenting the 1-UP Factory (aka the gift shop). Here you can purchase some exclusive Super Mario merchandise. The Nintendo development team has even created a special toy - "TokoToko Mario". No batteries required!
While you're at it, why not try out some popcorn. The flavours include Caramel Peach and Mushroom. Mushroom, really?
The place to go for food and you can also scan some small or big items with your Power-Up Band. The restaurant is run by Toad, hence the name of it, and there's a nice big dining area. Below is a look at some of the tasty treats on offer.
Bowser's Castle + Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge
This ride apparently took six years to develop and is said to be like nothing else before it. Inside, at the very top of the steps, is a giant statue of Bowser and even further in, is a display of all the Mario Kart trophies - including a special Universal Studios one.
This is what you'll be wearing during the Mario Kart challenge...
Super Nintendo World
Once again, Super Nintendo World opens in Japan on 4th February 2021. Super Nintendo World will also open in Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida in the United States, and Singapore in Asia. What did you think of this special Direct livestream? Leave your thoughts down below.
The Toads run the Kinopio Cafe ? 😲
Are they real peoples behind the technology (motion capture) ?
I know what heaven looks like
This place looks mind blowing, can't imagine how much more mind blowing it would look if I was still a kid.
Mario Kart Wii at 8K 120fps, Ray Tracing, RTX on, for the PlayStation 5.
That had to have been amazing for him. The worlds that came from his and his coworker’s imaginations are now “real”. Talk about dreams come true.
I want to try the food, the mushroom flavored popcorn in particular.
I think Super Nintendo World is the reason we haven't seen new Mario Kart for the Switch - "six years of development" for the mario kart ride at koopa's castle. Maybe new Mario Kart ideas will debut for the ride, and some of those ideas, or art direction, will come to console with new Mario Kart content for the Switch (or after).
Super Nintendo World looks sick, by the way, in that video. Very impressive.
Miyamoto's hair looking a lot neater than usual.
Must be quite something to have things you created to amount to something like this and be able to walk through worlds you created.
It looks pretty awesome, but I do hope that it is actually 'Nintendo World' and not just 'Mario World'. Like different areas that are also Zelda, Metroid, Kirby themed and such too (or plans for them).
Not that I'm going to get to go there....
I loved watching the Super Nintendo World Direct! Pretty much everything in this themed area looks awesome. Especially the attractions and food! Unfortunately, I doubt I'll make it to Japan anytime soon; most likely I'll have to wait until one of these opens in the US...likely at Universal Orlando.
Sooo...In a few years, if someone sees a 30-something female bopping around Super Nintendo World like a little kid in the US, that may or may not be me.
I just want the food to be honest. I dread to think what the American food equivalent will look like.
I personally found it gratifying that Daisy gets her own bracelet. She's come quite a way from simply filling out the roster in B-tier sports spin-offs.
@nessisonett It will have more cheese.
I'm going to stand on that Sun emblem in the foyer.
I'm going to look directly up.
One of two things is going to be there: An Easter Egg already there OR a new wad of chewing gum! 😜
Also, Universal Cup confirmed for MK9! 🤣
Looks really good. Shame that Covid prevents theme parks from being a viable source of entertainment at this time.
I really don't care much for Mario, so I'm not too interested unless they expand past that. I wouldn't dare to hope for any mention of Fire Emblem in the Japan or Orlando parks, but some Zelda would really go a long way.
@nessisonett I can't imagine them doing anything too creative with the food here outside of the deserts. I'd expect deep fried mushrooms though.
The only mushrooms I'll eat are the ones that can give me an out of body experience
It's good to see Miyamoto again, I don't think I've heard about him at all this year, I'm glad he's doing well.
@Shadowthrone I don't exactly know, but there are plans to add a DK area at the least and there will be more in general being added, not having Zelda at least is a missed opportunity on Nintendo's part.
Once COVID is over, I think it's time for a long overdue trip to Japan.
I thought I read somewhere that Miyamoto was a huge fan of Disney and American cartoons, so I'm sure getting a theme park area like this is a huge achievement for him.
Man, that Mario burger! LOVE the bacon 'stache and mushroom nose! It's honestly adorable if you ask me.
But will it be better to look at or eat? Hmm...
I’m happy that they are bringing Super Nintendo World to the Universal Studios in Hollywood! it’s less than an hour drive so yay for Mii!
I want mushroom popcorn
I know people want game news... BUT THIS IS HUGE. Disneyland ensured a permanence to those characters. This does the same. Our grandkids will love Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom long after we're gone. Everything about this Direct hit me in the feels.
i seriously cant wait for it to open up in california sometime in 2021 its going to be blast which hopefully everyone is vaccinated by then.
Looks amazing. Here's hoping there are veggie options at Kinopio Café.
Mushroom flavored popcorn? FINALLY!
That Direct was honestly a lot more fun than I expected it to be! And we didn't even see any of the rides in action.
@HotGoomba___Rebrand or a Nintendo console, since we're talking hypothetically.
@IronMan30 Nintendo Switch Pro X 2.5?
@HotGoomba___Rebrand 3.0, it's happening in 2022.
I think it looks kinda lame
If I was ten I would love it. But I'm not so I think I will save my cash.
So glad others thought the same.
I love how his in-app name is Miyahon, because it's a very interesting throwback. In The Legend of Zelda's credits (for the NES), he is credited as S. Miyahon. The Japanese character that is romanised as "moto" could also be romanised as "hon", hence this pseudonym. Koji Kondo is credited as Konchan, and Takashi Tezuka is credited as Ten Ten, furthermore!
@Abeedo He's sixty-eight, and honestly I'm surprised at how energetic and youthful he looks despite that number.
@Ryu_Niiyama I said the exact same thing in chat whilst watching it
That's not the castle music! You sit on a throne of lies!
I am only interested to go if they make Donkey Kong section
Calling the attractions 'activities' is very 3rd-grade-teachery. I hope they don't hand out worksheets at the entrance.
But the whole looks very cool and the 'activities' are very well thought. I'm just a bit concerned about how it would work in a crowded situation as they take quite some time to do (the 'pow' one for instance).
Looks amazing. I wonder how long until some guy sprints around the whole thing dressed as Mario as a "speedrun".
It really looks amazing. However I just know that some little brats will destroy it
I really couldn't ask for more from a dream theme park. It really is perfect!😁
This is not a Nintendo direct as we know it.
It should have been titled what it was, a look at Nintendo's spot in Universal.
Disney are not really known for video games, any more than Nintendo are known for movies, theme parks. Nintendo should stick to video games and consoles.
Already the Switch is dated, it can't even display Immortals Fenyx Rising or Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity without issues.
I do go to Florida and the theme parks, but this direct would not have me desperate to go see Nintendo spot in the park
The Peach's Castle part of the presentation was weirding me out because it looked so much like Miyamoto was greenscreened into some 3D render of the place while other footage was clearly on site!
This is not what I expected. It seems a bit underwhelming, it just looks like a mario themed square (albeit very well done) with not much to do, except for the food. I'd fast for 2 days so I can try everything on the menu.
As a full scale model of Mario 3D world, it’s pretty cool. Do I want to go? Not really. The thing that makes Disneyland so cool is the fact that the attractions sometimes go beyond the IP, but retain that nostalgic/warm feeling you get from a classic Disney movie. It’s an immersive experience that makes you feel things. Not sure that’s possible with Nintendo, or maybe that wasn’t really the goal
the powerup band connecting to an app sounds really cool, but i worry about it being slow and clunky like anything other website or app nintendo tries to make
@JimmySpades b tier? Mario sports games on Gamecube were SS tier
Looks pretty cool, and I like that they didn't show everything, leaving a number of areas for surprise - or at least until it opens.
I'm certain they will add more themed areas. Donkey Kong is rumored next, but given the popularity of Animal Crossing (and its very family friendly appeal), I would be stunned if they didn't do anything with that franchise. Their Pax East AC-themed booth was amazing and could easily be replicated at the theme park.
Mario Kart Bowser's Challenge: the ride that Miyamoto was walking through the queue at the end of the presentation. Similar idea to RSR at California Adventure, but winning is based on using the items and drifting at the right time.
Yoshi's Adventure: An outdoor omnimover which has some dark ride scenes based on the Yoshi's Island games. Yellow pipe at the base of Beanpole Mountain that serves at the entrance can be seen behind Miyamoto plus the larger sized Yoshi ride vehicles can be seen too.
Donkey Kong has also started construction which will have a roller coaster where you "jump the tracks".
Could see AC replacing Snoopy or Sesame Street at the kid's zone for USJ, Universal Wonderland.
Miyamoto is starting to visibly age, but it's hard to believe that he's really 68 years old, when he's still this chipper.
This looks so goooood :3
@nessisonett Probably the same, as Galaxy's edge has some weird dishes.
@Savino It's funny that you say that! After watching this direct I feel LESS excited about this park.
I know I will be in the minority when I say that this doesn't look that great to me. The area looks very cramped (both visually and physically) and seems to be just a series of hallways.
That being said, they nailed it with the spinning coins and I like the idea of an interactive park.
Are there even games he made just for Switch? All ports.
Oh man, can i still move to japan? And life inside peaches castle? This looks amazing!
Okay I actually use truffle mushroom powder at home for cooking, let me tell you it is INCREDIBLE. If they used that stuff for popcorn, count me in.
Also Miyamoto seemed so proud he was about to cry during this Direct. It was so wholesome and I am so proud of him.
@Bizaster what rides?
I can’t wait to go there. Still deciding which wrist band to get... I will definitely buy all the things in that shop too.
Honestly, this is amazing. I need to go there at some point!
@1UP_MARIO This kicks heaven’s ass
@Chlocean He’s a proud papa
@HeyItsFlapjack Animal Crossing would probably be better served by a mini village where you could visit the animals in their homes and get photo-ops.
@zool Why are you so negative about it? Companies should always look to diversify (and Nintendo has outright said they would), they have the capital and the popular IP. They’d be stupid not to try it (and they’ve been ultra careful about planning it).
However all parks operations are up in the air due to Covid anyway.
You say negative, I say positive criticism.
Nintendo direct is about games and consoles, I thought. Instead of Nintendo magazines and E4, Direct was somewhere where Nintendo kept us in the gaming loop.
News, is telling us about Nintendo's next console, and what we could expect. Not a small area in Universal with a gift shop and eating places with a Nintendo theme. Maybe something to think about when you book your next trip to Japan, but a disappointing Nintendo direct. 🎄
Super Nintendo World looks so good!
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