First there was Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan, which kept being delayed because of COVID. But it finally opened, and fans can go on an actual Mario Kart ride, among other things. Then there was the announcement that there would be a Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, which is set to open this Friday. And it turns out we still have more Super Nintendo goodness coming: there is going to be a Super Nintendo World at Universal Orlando Resort.
Mark Woodbury, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Parks & Resorts, was at the grand opening event for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood when he gave this information. He also joked that this was “the worst-kept secret in history.”
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Super Nintendo World will just be a segment of the Epic Universe park that’s in the works in Orlando. If all goes according to plan, Epic Universe park will become available to the public in 2025.
Brian Roberts, the CEO of Comcast, first spoke about Epic Universe park in 2019, referring to it as “the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business.” Tom Williams, who was the head of Universal Parks & Resorts at the time, added that it would be “the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created.”
It has also been revealed that a Super Nintendo World will be opening in Singapore in the future. Universal has furthered revealed plans for parks and attractions in Texas and Las Vegas, though there is no word if those parks will have anything like Super Nintendo World.
This is also part of a push on Nintendo’s part to make its business bigger. This includes the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Movie. Chris Pratt, the voice of Mario, attended the grand opening event for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood.
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