‘Super Nintendo World’ Coming to Universal Studios Japan in Time for 2020 Olympics

At the tail end of last month Nintendo announced some additional details on its partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts, adding that individual parks will release further info in the coming months. If that had you wondering what a Nintendo theme park would be called, or what it might look like conceptually, Universal Studios Japan has some answers.


Officially dubbed Super Nintendo World, the Nintendo-themed area is coming to Universal’s Osaka park in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 



According to the press release, Super Nintendo World will include “expansive and multilevel environments filled with unprecedented, state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops and restaurants.” 


Soooo, something like this?


'Super Nintendo World' Coming to Universal Studios Japan in Time for 2020 Olympics


We know characters from the Super Mario games will be present and accounted for, and the announcement also promises “a variety of other globally popular Nintendo characters and the worlds they inhabit.” 


If you want the financial nitty gritty on the project: 

Development cost at Universal Studios Japan is currently expected to exceed 50 billion Yen. Super Nintendo World will be developed mainly using the park’s current parking area and part of an area designated for future expansion. Katsuhiro Miyamoto, Professor Emeritus of Kansai University estimates that Universal Studios Japan — after opening Super Nintendo World — will bring economic benefits following its opening of approximately 6.2 trillion Yen for the Kansai region, 11.7 trillion Yen for Japan as a whole, and will create approximately 1.1 million jobs in Japan within a decade after opening.


Nintendo parks in Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood will follow. Here’s the earlier video previewing Nintendo’s vision for the area.




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.