Super Nintendo World may not be open to visitors until next month, but fans can now get a sneak peek.
Universal Studios Japan launched a virtual tour of the new amusement park in Osaka, Japan, last week.
The theme park “high theme and immersive” opens with two interactive tours, several other interactive games, restaurants and gift shops.
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The virtual tour begins with showing fans to Bowser Castle, where Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge is.
According to a press release from Universal Studios Japan, guests use headphones to drive the “life-size Mario Kart experience” and can throw virtual shells to take out opponents and advance on some of the iconic tracks from the Mario Kart game series.
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The tour also shows the second interactive tour, Yoshi’s Adventure, at Mount Beanpole.
“Hang on to Yoshi while you search for Captain Toad on a treasure hunt!” says the virtual tour. “Get a great view of the Mushroom Kingdom from Mount Beanpole while having fun on this trip, which is perfect for the whole family.”
According to the release, the guests ride on Yoshi’s back on a “treasure hunt adventure” led by Captain Toad and must find three colored eggs.
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Aside from Yoshi’s Adventure and Mario Kart, Super Nintendo World also offers even more immersive experiences, including a challenge to “infiltrate Bowser Jr.’s lair” and join other guests to “take him on”, says the virtual tour.
According to the press release, some of the interactive parts of the park – including the collection of virtual coins and stamps – require a Power-Up Band, which costs ¥ 3200 (approx. $ 39 USD).
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Finally, the tour shows fans the theme park’s restaurants – Kinopio’s Cafe, Yoshi’s Snack Island and Pit Stop Popcorn – and the theme park’s gift shops – Mario Motors and 1UP Factory.
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Super Nintendo World’s grand opening is scheduled for February 4, which coincides with Universal Studio Japan’s 20th anniversary.
Universal Studios Japan – owned by parent company NBCUniversal, Comcast – follows strict coronavirus health and safety protocols, the release said.