Super Nintendo World Will Bring The Kid Out of All of Us
A ‘Super Nintendo World’ theme park is way overdue. Although Nintendo has dropped major duds in the gaming world with Nintendo Switch and the Wii U, they still have beloved icons like Mario, Luigi, and Donkey Kong which have transcended generations. I’d be the first person in line for the new park that opens in 2020…if it wasn’t in Japan. But fear not, as it is planning to roll out to Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood in the future.
Universal Studios Japan is spending about $350 million on the Nintendo section. That’s about 30% more than they spent on ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’. Meaning this is going to be pretty grand. The concept video (featured at the end of the article) shows some pretty cool designs.
The biggest attractions include a Mario Kart ride and a Donkey Kong-themed roller coaster. Here’s description of how the rides will work based on patents found by SlashFilm:
Previously patent documents showed a ride vehicle built for two riders that is constructed to simulate a “drifting” effect. One rider would have control over the steering and speed of the vehicle while the other rider could provide the vehicle with various boosts and hinder other vehicles. Another patent for a “boom coaster” showed a ride vehicle that appears to be traveling along a track but is actually operated by a mechanical arm, allowing it to “leap” over obstructions, simulating death-defying aerial maneuvers over holes in the tracks like those mine cart from Donkey Kong Country, a video game property that has yet to be confirmed for the park.
The Donkey Kong Coaster makes me want to bust out my Super Nintendo and get down on some Donkey Kong Country.