Universal’s new Super Nintendo World will let visitors play real-life versions of their favourite video games including Super Mario

  • The new theme park will open this summer at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka
  • One experience will be based on Super Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom Universe
  • Visitors will wear wristbands to collect digital coins – just like Mario in the games 

Gaming fans will be able to play real-life versions of their favourite games at Japan’s new Super Nintendo World theme park, it has been revealed.

The park will open this summer at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka and new details have been released about what is in store for visitors.

And it has been promised that guests will be able to enjoy an ‘experience that blends the physical world with the world of the video game – bringing the world of Nintendo to life’.

Universal and Nintendo revealed new details about the Super Nintendo World theme park at Universal Studios Japan at an event in Osaka, pictured 

Thierry Coup, senior vice president of Universal Creative, wears a ‘Power Up Band’ wristband. Visitors to the park will be able to wear the wristbands to collect digital coins – just like the Super Mario games 

The Power Up Bands, pictured, will also link to a smartphone app and are based on different characters including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi

At a press conference in Osaka, it was confirmed that one experience will be based on Super Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom Universe.

Visitors will be able to wear wristbands, called Power Up Bands, which will allow them to collect digital coins, just like Mario does in the games.

As they explore the theme park, they can compete with others in ‘fun and friendly competitions’ in a bid to collect coins.

Visitors will also be able to obtain collectable items, such as character stamps, by achieving various goals.

Universal says that coins will be allocated for each stamp, with the total number of coins earned by each visitor ranked with all other guests in the park, making the ‘entire experience feel like competing for a high score in a video game’.

The theme park explained: ‘There are all kinds of ways to earn coins throughout the entire land, and guests can keep score, compete against each other and celebrate together when they win.’

A still from a promotional video for Super Nintendo World, which features a new song called We Are Born To Play by Galantis and Charlie XCX

The promotional video shows gaming fans racing around an animated Super Mario-themed land trying to collect coins

The Power Up Bands will also link to a smartphone app and are based on different characters including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi.

In addition, a promotional video for the theme park has also been released featuring a new song called We Are Born To Play by Galantis and Charlie XCX.

It shows gaming fans racing around an animated Super Mario-themed land trying to collect coins.

The Nintendo-Universal partnership was first unveiled in November 2016.

Three more parks from the collaboration are set to open at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore.

There is no schedule on when these parks will open.

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