Super Nintendo World is officially open for business at Universal Studios Hollywood in California. Nintendo Theme World is the first of two parks coming to North America, and follows the original Super Nintendo World, which opened at Universal Studios Japan in 2021. A third Super Nintendo World will eventually come to Orlando, Florida. Here’s everything Mario park has to offer (including Easter eggs).
There are five games in total, as well as the Mario Kart Bowser’s Challenge augmented reality ride. Each victory in the game earns you a key, and three keys unlock the final showdown with Bowser Jr. to recover the golden mushroom.
The Bowser Jr. game. was my personal favorite. Includes dodging Bullet Bill, removing Bob-omb and jumping for power-ups.
The Mario Kart ride was my first experience with augmented reality. It has an impressively designed physics track, but your opponents and weapons are AR. You can aim by moving your head and fire projectiles at opponents and enemies by pressing the buttons on the steering wheel. Just be careful: Team Bowser is pretty good. I lost both times I faced them.
If you get hungry, you can get a wide variety of themed food at the Toadstool Cafe, courtesy of Chef Toad. The Luigi burger looked tempting, but I opted for Yoshi’s favorite fruit and veggie salad since I still had some running around to do. There’s also lemonade and a special Sprite drink with bean crackers and mango jelly. For the brave, there’s Bowser’s Fireball Challenge, a giant savory puff pastry meatball in the shape of Bowser’s head.
And for all of you Easter egg hunters out there, there are also four eight-bit characters hidden in wall-mounted displays throughout the land that you can discover with your Power-Up Ribbon (sold in the park for $40), so keep your eyes peeled they peel off.
Overall, Super Nintendo World definitely tries to appeal to all ages. Personally, I would have liked more physical challenges or obstacle experiences. Each person in your party who wants to play the games will need a Power-Up Band, which adds a higher-cost component to the ride, similar to the wands in Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter area. However, Power-Up Bands double as Amiibo, allowing you to unlock features in Nintendo Switch games likewhich correspond to the character reflected on the tape.
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