A new trailer for Japan's Super Nintendo World theme park shows how tech will help bring you into Mario's playground when the park opens this year.
The expansion to Osaka's Universal Studios resort is set to cut the red warp pipe ribbon sometime before the Tokyo Olympics begin this summer, with companion sites opening in Hollywood and Orlando in the US, and Singapore at some point in the future.
Super Nintendo World's trailer, released as part of a press briefing late last night, features artists Charli XCX and Galantis with a hoppin' remix of some familiar Mario tunes.
Journalists at the Super Nintendo World press briefing, including Bloomberg's Kurumi Mori, were given a detailed presentation of how the Power Up Band smart wristbands will interact with rides and attractions in the park and an app on your smartphone. Chief creative officer of Universal Creative Thierry Coup explained that the app will feature an overhead map of the park designed like an overworld map from a Mario game, and interacting with objects around the park while wearing the smart band will earn you coins and achievements that you can track through the app.
"A life-size, living video game" -- Thierry Coup shows us the new app used to enjoy Super Nintendo World with a wrist band, touting an interactive experience #Nintendo pic.twitter.com/n468l5elnO— Kurumi Mori (@rumireports) January 14, 2020
As for what attractions will be at Super Nintendo World when it opens, the only ride confirmed so far is a Mario Kart-themed attraction, which is an absolute must to be honest. How could you open a Nintendo theme park without Mario Kart? We'll find out more about what to explore when the park nears completion before July 24 when the Tokyo Olympics begin.