One year ago, Super Nintendo World in Japan opened its doors to the public after multiple setbacks and delays tied to the pandemic.
To mark the first year anniversary, the park has held a special celebration ceremony event this week. There was a marching band playing the original Super Mario Bros. theme and J.L. Bonnier - the CEO of Universal Studios Japan - made an appearance to thank everyone for their support. Of course, Mario and Luigi were also present.
When the park was originally opened, Mario's creator Shigeru Miyamoto was also in attendance. You can get a recap in the following post:
As part of the one year celebrations, park visitors can obtain a "limited edition" first anniversary sticker from now until 31st March. The Power Up Band and USJ app will also be offering special stamps.
This latest milestone follows on from the news earlier this month that a Super Nintendo World would be opening its doors in Hollywood in 2023. It was also revealed late last year that Japan's park would be getting a Donkey Kong expansion - set to open in 2024.
Would you like to visit these Nintendo-themed parks one day? Has anyone here already been? Tell us down in the comments.
[source topics.nintendo.co.jp, via nintendosoup.com]
Already a year and only one Yoshi ride has burst into flame.
I haven't been hearing anything about people's opinions on the place. What's the word?
@Alienfreaks04 It's neat but overall kinda boring. After you make a lap it's pretty much over.
Given the mandated 10-14 day quarantine anyone visiting Japan must endure, very few western bloggers/news persons have visited to report on it.
The best thing is probably just watching a ride video of the Mario Kart and Yoshi rides, then base your opinion on that.
Allready one year, wow.
Time is strange with Covid.
Yes of course
Time flies. It feels like less than half a year.
The only theme park I'd ever want to visit besides Hogwarts. If only I didn't despise being around other humans..
It was good fun, just wish I could have taken photos there. To be honest the highlights were the shop and I did enjoy the Mario Kart ride. But the vibe is really special (if it's not insanely crowded, which it is most the time).
@FishyS The Goombas did try to get their revenge on humanity at one point though. Thankfully they failed.
Man looking at that picture makes me realize that Miyamoto is getting old. Well, I guess we all are.
I'd like to see it one day - but I wouldn't waste a trip to Japan on theme parks. The history is too rich, the gardens too legendary and the food is out of this world. The family is planning a tour in the next 5-10 to the land of the rising sun - we'll see - maybe it would be an easy aside worth visiting.
Now if they brought it to Orlando (or even some place better than that hellhole) I'd be up for it in a heartbeat.
@SapphireBlaze you can't take pictures?
Sweet, I would go to the one in Hollywood 👍
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