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Japan’s ‘Super Nintendo World’ finally Got A New Opening Date, So Here’s A Sneak Peak At The Park

Super Nintendo World has been on our radar for two years now. We got our highly anticipated first look inside the theme park thanks to a couple of leaked videos back in July 2020, and now — joy of joys — we have an opening date.

The park was set to open in Universal Studios Osaka in 2020 alongside the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. That obviously was delayed by, oh, everything, but now the theme park has a new official opening date of February 4, 2021. Oh sure, we won’t be flying there for the opening, but who knows with all this vaccine action and Qantas selling international flights for July, maybe it’ll happen for us by the end of the year?

At least we can definitely get a sneak peak at the park we’ll (one day) be able to play in.

Early footage of Super Nintendo World shows a colourful theme park full of life-size Mario characters and worlds.

We can see colourful sets, life-sized green shells, Koopa Troopas, Goombas, coin boxes, a Piranha Plant, and even Bowser’s Castle. So far we still haven’t seen the full-size Mario Kart course, but good things take time — even though I already want to move in here and never leave.

Another video shows Thwomp, one of Mario’s nemesis, in action and it looks exactly like it does in the games. Thwomps are, of course, giant stone blocks that bounce up and down trying to flatten players.

A third video shows the park at night, and you can see Thwomp’s eyes glowing red. At this point, we’re beyond keen for Super Nintendo World to finally open.

“Super Nintendo World is composed of numerous attractions, shops, and restaurants designed to allow people to experience the world of Nintendo IP in real life,” said Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa.

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto even said that the park’s delay means they can spend more time “carefully developing the facilities”. Basically, it’s going to be worth the wait.

(Lead image: @29QuP2 / Twitter)