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America’s Epic Nintendo Theme Park Is Your 2023 Travel Goal

It’s a good time to be a Nintendo devotee. Following the news of Universal Studios Japan readying its own Super Nintendo World, another iteration of the theme park has been confirmed.

After all the rumours, it’s finally real. Universal Studios Orlando is getting its own Super Nintendo World. The gaming giant’s first North American outpost is set to open in 2023.

As reported by Orlando’s WESH and other outlets, the Super Nintendo World plans were confirmed in an earnings conference call for Universal’s parent company Comcast. (Where all exciting things happen.)

The land of Mario and friends will open as part of Universal Studios’ new Epic Universe. This theme park extension is set to cover a 750-acre site and hire over 14,000 new workers.

Not much is known yet about Epic Universe. In addition to Super Nintendo World, it’s rumoured to include areas dedicated to the How To Train Your Dragon and Fantastic Beasts franchises.

We can only hope the Orlando plans mirror Super Nintendo World in Japan.

Universal Studios Japan’s newest attraction is expected to open in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It was made official with the joyously bonkers video you can watch below.

The Japanese park is designed to feel like you’re in a game. (Attendees even wear ‘Power Up’ wristbands linked to an app.) You’ll roam zones based on iconic game locations, including Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Castle.

Best of all, Super Nintendo World Japan is building a real-life Mario Kart course. Fingers crossed Orlando gets the same in 2023.

Even before the addition of Epic Universe, Universal Studios Orlando has a lot going on. The theme park already features rides and zones based on valuable IP like Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and, err, Dr. Seuss. Galaxy’s Edge is now on notice.