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Universal Studios Japan Breaks Ground on Super Nintendo World, Announces New Ride

Remember: Super Nintendo World is actually a thing that’s happening. Universal Studios Japan, its geographical home, doesn’t want you to forget it either, as they just had a pretty “big deal” groundbreaking ceremony that officially kicked off construction of the landmark theme park.

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Present were Universal Studios Japan CEO J.L. Bonnier, vice chairman of Universal Parks and Resorts Mark Woodbury, and the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto. They each had a lot to say about the upcoming park and what it promises to offer guests who visit. Woodbury revealed a few details about a specific ride, mentioning that it’ll be based on Mario Kart. No word on whether Rainbow Road will be on the ride, but hey, I can’t imagine anything more thrilling (or horrifying) than falling off that damn track for the fifth time because dammit stop hitting me with red shells, Susan.


The video’s worth watching if only to watch some guys in suits try to deliver their prepared speeches while also wearing oversized Mario hats and gloves. You just know that Bonnier and Woodbury aren’t really used to delivering speeches in such a manner, but Miyamoto? He’s totally in his element. That guy’s down for anything. What’s especially fun to watch is how they used some practical stage effects to bring a Mario stage “to life,” as the video opens with Mario coming out of a warp tube to run over to Universal Japan. Pretty neat, huh?

You’ll be able to check it out yourself when the land opens in 2020 … if, you know, the world hasn’t ended by then.

(via Polygon)

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