Super Nintendo World Opens Spring 2021 at Universal Studios Japan


“Super Nintendo World” is the world’s first area based on beloved Nintendo characters at Universal Studios Japan. Super Nintendo World officially opens Spring 2021 after being delayed from its original opening of summer 2020. Before the official opening, a new cafe and store open on October 16, 2020, at Universal Studios Japan!

This announcement comes only days after news of Japan planning to reopen borders to travellers in 2021.

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Let’s take a look at what we know so far about this highly anticipated land at Universal Studios Japan!

Themed Cafe & Merchandise

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On October 16, 2020, the world’s first Mario Cafe & Shop opens in the Hollywood Area at Universal Studios Japan. The cafe offers Mario-themed treats like the Pancake Mario Sandwich (Strawberry Shortcake) and the Fruit Cream Soda. There’s even a “Super Mushroom Drink!”

Check out all the new Super Nintendo World merchandise at Universal Studios Japan.

Beside the cafe is a selection of merchandise to choose from! Including a new design that incorporates “WHOSE CAP?” In 2019, Japan opened its first official Nintendo Store in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Super Mario Food

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Super Mario Merchandise

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Super Nintendo World Opens with 2 Attractions

Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Japan

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Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Castle are two icons that’ll appear in the area alongside two attractions. Yoshi and Mario Kart attractions will open with Super Nintendo World using the world’s latest technology. There are also restaurants and shops for guests to enjoy.

Annual Passholders and guests will have a chance to attend advance previews of Super Nintendo World before it opens to the public. More details will be announced soon.

There’s not much more information shared about what these attractions are specifically. Either way, this is incredibly exciting and this beloved franchise will without a doubt draw even more crowds to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.

Universal Studios Japan was the 5th most attended theme park in the world in 2018, which makes it the most visited Universal Park in the world. I expect the crowds for the opening of this new area to reach park capacity, especially since it looks like it’ll open in the summer.

Mario Kart Ride at Universal Studios Japan

We all dreamed of racing in a “real” Mario Kart when we first played the game back in 1992 on the Super Nintendo. Our dreams are finally coming true with what’s described as “ultra-immersive” Mario Kart attraction. While the details are still thin at this point, the new music video above shows 4 people in a single kart, so we got that going for us at least.

Here’s a video on what’s known so far about the Mario Kart attraction.

Yoshi Ride at Universal Studios Japan

The Yoshi ride is being described as a family-friendly attraction where you ride on the back of the most beloved dinosaur in the world. It’s another childhood dream come true where you get to ride on the back of a Yoshi!

Here’s also a look at what’s known about the new Yoshi attraction at Universal Studios Japan.

Super Nintendo World Music Video

A brand new music video with music by Galantis ft. Charli XCX, WE ARE BORN TO PLAY, showcases parts of the new area at Universal Studios Japan. Including shots of the Mario Kart attraction where it appears there are 4 people to a kart. Also, people wearing wristbands called a “Power Up Band,” that interacts within Super Nintendo World.

Power Up Band + Smartphone App

When you visit Super Nintendo World you’re able to buy what’s called a “Power Up Band” that’ll connect to a smartphone app. Within the app, you’re able to collect coins and compete with other players. It’ll track your score and connect with a multi-level game area. Details are slim on this but you’ll also find the iconic “?” Blocks and other elements from Nintendo games.

These wearable bands come in different styles themed to familiar favourites such as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and more. This sounds like a ton of fun and adds another element of interactivity to a theme park area! I’m intrigued to see what we’ll be able to do.

Are You Excited!?

Still not convinced? Here are my reasons why you should visit Universal Studios Japan.

I’m a massive Nintendo Fan and I’m quite looking forward to the opening of Super Nintendo World. I have no idea what to expect (except large crowds) but that makes it all the more exciting when we finally get to step foot into a world that so many of us grew up with.

My fondest memories are having my father wake me up asking me to play Super Mario Bros. with him on my NES when I was 5-years-old. This touches on nostalgia heavily and I’m OK with that. With such a global brand, it’s about time something like this was done. I’m optimistic that it’ll be excellent.

Are you excited? Let me know in the comments!

Images and information from an official news press release, updated press release (October 2020), Universal Studios Japan website, and conpetti.

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Book Your Flight

I personally use Google Flights & Momodo to find affordable flights. Another great way is to sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights to get notifications of cheap fares, which happens a lot to Japan. You’ll sometimes stumble on cheap flights to Kansai International Airport.

Buy Your Shinkansen Tickets (Bullet Train)

Getting around Japan by the world-renown bullet train, known as the Shinkansen, is incredibly fast, reliable, and affordable for visitors. You can travel from Tokyo to Osaka in just over 2-hours. Get yourself the JR Rail Pass to save a ton of money on the bullet train for your trip.

Book Your Hotel

Universal Studios Japan has affordable accommodations that are steps away from the Park with easy access to Osaka. I recommend checking prices through Booking.com followed by the hotels directly. Sometimes you’re able to score some incredible deals. Here’s a shortlist of hotels at Universal Studios Japan I recommend.

  • The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan – You’re directly in front of the Park gates and have instant access to Universal CityWalk Osaka. The rooms are gorgeous and have restaurants and even a Lawson (Japanese convenience store).
  • The Singulari HOTEL & SKYSPA – Attached to the train station is this simple hotel fantastic for those who want a comfortable, clean, and stylish place to sleep. After a long day at Universal Studios Japan, the rooftop sento (public bath) is great to unwind and relax.
  • Hotel Universal Port – For the Minion fan in your family (I’m looking at you Mom and your Minion memes you share on Facebook) this is a great hotel only a 5-minute walk from Universal Studios Japan. It also boasts the largest breakfast buffet in Japan that’s a must during your visit.

Buy Your Tickets & Express Pass

Save yourself time and stress by buying your tickets and Express Pass for Universal Studios Japan in advance. The less time you spend in line buying tickets the more time you have to enjoy everything in the Park!

Stay Connected

Universal Studios Japan only offers free wi-fi at the entrance to the Park. That’s not enough to stay connected and share your day with everyone back home to give them FOMO on Instagram. Here’s how you can stay connected while travelling in Japan.

  • Pocket Wi-Fi – If you’re travelling with a group or have multiple devices this is your best and affordable way to stay connected to the internet. Pick up and drop off at the airport. Easy.
  • Japan SIM Card – If you have an unlocked phone and need a Japanese phone number this is the best and easiest way.

Get Yourself Travel Insurance

While travelling aboard having travel insurance protects you against injury, cancellations, illness, and other things you’re never able to predict. Whenever I travel, I always budget for travel insurance to protect myself. I’ve had to use it in the past and I’m so glad I had it. My recommended company is World Nomads for travel insurance.

Learn More on Universal Studios Japan

Don’t forget to study our in-depth destination guide on Universal Studios Japan for even more information on this wonderful park in Osaka.

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  1. Jon

    Hi – all the articles posted about don’t actually have e a grand opening date or even month, which makes it harder to plan – any idea on when it will be?

  2. TDR Explorer

    It’s because there hasn’t been an official announcement yet. All we know is Summer 2020, that could be June, July, August for all we know. We’ll definitely update this once we know officially.

  3. Cat Y

    So exciting to see Nintendo World taking shape. I had really bad asthma as a child. The meds I had to take would keep me up all night while everyone else was fast asleep. I spend those nights playing NES . . . Mario, Tetris, Blaster Master . . . Our next trip to Japan will be another awesome trip. I look forward to any new TDR Explorer guidebooks.

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