- Aug 25, 2020
Universal Studios’ collaboration with Nintendo on a new Mario-themed section of its theme park is almost complete, and an enterprising photographer managed to capture an aerial photo of the park during construction. It’s the best look at Universal’s Super Nintendo World, which looks near complete. A Japanese photographer captured a shot of the park during construction and posted it online. Based on the picture alone you can see that many of the structures already look complete from the outside. And thankfully the different structures are pretty distinct, making it easy to speculate on the coming attractions.Based on the photo alone you can see the classic Mario transportation pipes leading into different Mario-themed buildings. The largest looks like a structure based on Mario’s World 1-1 stages, but there are also some pyramids towards the north end of the compound. To the east is a series of pink columns which is likely Princess Peach’s castle, and towards the southwest is a pretty ominous structure that could be Bowser’s Castle. The partnership between Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan was announced back in 2017 when the two companies announced a new theme park attraction based on Nintendo’s popular characters would be coming to Universal parks. The Super Nintendo World attractions in Japan are set to expand to other Universal parks, including theme parks in the United States. Universal promised that aside from physical attractions, the Nintendo parks will integrate with digital wristbands, and even possibly Nintendo consoles. The first Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan is scheduled to be opened in summer 2020 and was supposed to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. However, the Olympics have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.