Super Nintendo World at the moment appears to be all about Mario, but we might be seeing some other familiar faces.
Visitors who were lucky enough to tour Japan's park ahead of its launch early next year have supposedly captured a group of Pikmin in the wild - located near Kinopio's Cafe. There's apparently another bunch near Yoshi's Adventure attraction.
A few months ago, a Pikmin was spotted on a Super Nintendo World promotional bag and this latest sighting seemingly makes it official. That's not all, though - Captain Toad and Princess Peach have also been located within the park. Here's a look:
Although Nintendo hasn't released a new entry in the Pikmin series since the 3DS spin-off Hey! Pikmin, it's not completely forgotten about the series, with the recent launch of Pikmin 3 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch.
Does this give you hope for Pikmin's future? Would you like a new game on the Switch? Tell us down below.
"Princess Peach is in the park."
Cool, now ROSALINA
I bet its a mini game at the park to look for all the pikmin.
This gives me hope that pikmin isn't going anywhere and captain toad is here to stay.
I like the pikmin easter eggs, I hope there's even more references to more of their franchises. Also, can we please get an Animal Crossing attraction?
@DAHstroy They should build an area near the park in the style of an Animal Crossing village, and you can pay to stay the night in one of the houses. That would be so cool! Maybe they could even make the furnishings look similar to those in the game.
Groups Of Pikmin Have Been Spotted In The Wild At Super Nintendo World
Did you guys also see Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? I can't wait for the Easter Bunny article.
@Crono1973 Your sarcasm is both unappreciated and unwarranted. No one knew the Pikmin were going to be at the theme park, up until now it's looked to be almost entirely Mario-themed.
With that weird base thing those Pikmin look like a diorama someone left there. It all looks out of place.
Still looks very Super Mario World though.
Couldn't they have made Peach out of plastic? She's all weird...and has a wig.
@Kimyonaakuma that looks like (or at least like it's supposed to look like) a costumed person, not a prop. Perhaps it's a weird unholy combination of both concepts.
Seeing as this park is in Japan, and that there is a global pandemic.
I really couldn't care less about it. Only news I would be interested in, is an announcement of a European version of the park.
No one was expecting Pikmin in an attraction that's focused on Mario.
@DAHstroy I would actually prefer Animal Crossing get its own themed hotel at the resort...
Ahhh, people were not allowed to take photos at the pre-opening events... that’s not cool.
There should be donkey Kong characters too right that would make sense if there is already captain toad
@Kimyonaakuma Aww, I actually like her wig! And yeah, as said above, she is definitely a costumed person
Before anybody starts making any travel plans to Japan better check ahead.
@Chlocean @Eel @Kimyonaakuma Peach to me looks like an animated robot. She probably speaks to people and waves to them as they walk by. She looks too short and thin to have someone inside and too ugly to be stationary. No human being or model would have their hands and arms in those positions.
Though I suppose I wouldn't be completely shocked if their were a teeny tiny person in there, but the body is so thin it hurts me to imagine it. So I'm sticking with robot, automaton, whatever you wanna call it.
@rjejr Actually, upon closer examination of her hands, you could be right.
Her mouth doesn't move but Toad's doesn't either, so I've got my fingers crossed it's a costume.
@Chlocean I suppose it could be a costume if the person inside has a lot of practice at doing robots in things ballets like the Nutcracker or plays March of the Wooden Soldiers.
The Rockettes in NYC perform the Nutcracker every Christmas but even they have a hard time pulling off the hands.
Edit: As for no mouths on the figures. I've been to a lot of theme parks, the sounds almost always comes out of speakers set up around the statues, never the mouths. Toad just looks like a statue, no movement, probably no sound either. And really, what's Toad gonna say?
@Chlocean @rjejr I think it's possible they want their characters to look like costumes, possibly to generate a sense of familiarity and security.
The Toad from the other article looks similar, in a "it looks like someone could be inside, but not quite?"-kinda way.
Perhaps they're quite possibly both things, a costume that can be applied to an animatronic/figure or worn by a staff member depending on the need. Or not!
I mean this is called Super Nintendo World and not Super Mario World, so it should have some more characters besides just the Super Mario characters, right?
@Eel Having an automated robot wear the same costume as a human would be pretty smart. Kinda like the idea actually. Best real life example I can think of is Chuck E Cheese but I don't think the animated robots really looked like the costumes.
Oh well, hoping we get one here in the US at Universal Orlando. Boy, I could really use a vacation from my never ending time on the couch.
haha who can see them from above a doorframe? Maybe a low balcony above it?
Definitely not an animatronic for either, there's pictures of Toad walking to his meet and greet spot with markers around him and being able to move around like any normal character. And Princess Peach has been shown to move around her gazebo and pose just like any person could.
Here's a gallery of pics:
If these were animatronics they'd be bolted down to the ground with giant rails around them so people couldn't destroy the million dollar robots.
@Toy_Link ah that makes more sense, they’re just larger than they look
I would love an Arwing simulator.
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