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The first US Super Nintendo World opens its doors on February 17th


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Image shows figures of Mario, Princess Peach, and Luigi standing in front of a life-size Mario tunnel and massive “Super Nintendo World” sign. Super Nintendo World Hollywood. | Image: Universal Studios

Nearly two years after Universal Studios opened its first Super Nintendo World park in Japan, the second one will debut in the US as promised at Universal Studios Hollywood next February. When it opens, there will only be one ride, the augmented reality-enhanced Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.

When we tried out the version in the Japan park, we experienced “an AR action game set on a go-kart track, where you’re drifting through the virtual course and firing virtual shells at virtual opponents — as the kart moves through the track in real life.”

According to Universal Studios, it’s built to be a repeatable ride with plenty of interactivity and “a variety of outcomes.” It doesn’t appear that the other ride in the Japan park, a Yoshi’s...

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