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The Food at Super Nintendo World Is Giving Me the Extra Life I Need

I need one of everything please and thank you

Examples of the food at Super Nintendo World

When I wrote about the upcoming Super Nintendo World theme park before, I asked some very important questions. Now we have the answers we need regarding the food on offer.

Here were my initial queries:

  1. What worlds will be recreated?
  2. What kind of rides will there be?
  3. What are the merch shops going to carry?
  4. Will the food stands have actual foods from Legend of Zelda or 1-Up mushroom-shaped cookies … or be something simple like “Koopa Burgers”?

Over time, we’ve steadily been getting answers on attractions, what the park looks like, and souvenirs that are sure to make Nintendo fans shell out all the coins they’ve saved up (it’s me, I’m Nintendo fans). And a recent series of tweets from Orlando Informer even answered the last question I had in regards to food.

Real talk: I expected the food to be in the vein of “it’s a regular-ass cheeseburger BUT we’re calling it Koopa Burgers.” I’d come to terms with that, ready to pay for an overpriced burger that was, maybe, wrapped in 1-Up mushroom paper that collected the grease. Maybe, just maybe, we’d get a smoothie, or Ludwig von Koopa fries or cookies in the shape of familiar Mario themed icons.

I did NOT expect this much effort.

An entire calzone made to look like a green shell? The pizza bowl with the mushroom top? The question block tiramisu? I’d feel bad about eating that, it looks so cute! Also, the bowl that the pizza comes in? Is that … purchasable? Ugh, I feel like this theme park is just going to make me want more Mario-themed kitchenware in my house!

Super Nintendo World continues to be the theme park of my childhood dreams. The closest I’ve ever come to Mario themed food before was the short-lived Nintendo Cereal System from the 80s (which I never got to try). Now there’s going to be an entire theme park with piranha plants in my salad! My kid self (and Nintendo-loving adult self) is far too entertained by this.

Super Nintendo World is set to open in Japan in just a few more weeks (February 4th) and it still feels like a made-up fantasy land I came up with after spending too many hours trying to 100% a Mario game whose only reward is a “good job” message.

While there’s no word on when this Nintendo themed paradise is coming to the US thanks to, um, the state of the world, and I honestly don’t think I’d want to go because of, um, the state of the world, the updates about the Universal Studios Japan location have been delightful.

And, in the case of this food update, delicious.

(Image: Universal Studios Japan)

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Briana (she/her - bisexual) is trying her best to cosplay as a responsible adult. Her writing tends to focus on the importance of representation, whether it’s through her multiple book series or the pieces she writes. After de-transforming from her magical girl state, she indulges in an ever-growing pile of manga, marathons too much anime, and dedicates an embarrassing amount of time to her Animal Crossing pumpkin patch (it's Halloween forever, deal with it Nook)