You'll Soon Be Able to Play Real-Life Super Mario Bros. at Universal Studios Japan

Including collecting coins and battling bosses.

If you weren't already planning a trip to Japan this year, then this might just make you reconsider: Universal Studios Japan has just announced its newest attraction. A one-of-a-kind area called Super Nintendo World where you can play the game of your childhood in real life.

The "expansive, highly-themed, and immersive" area will feature Nintendo's characters, worlds, and adventures. In it, you'll be able to explore Mushroom Kingdom, Peach's Castle, Bowser's Castle, and even ride a Mario Kart-themed ride.

"Think of Super Nintendo World as a life-size, living video game where you become one of the characters. You're not just playing the game; you're living the game, you're living the adventure," said Universal Creative's senior vice president and chief creative officer Thierry Coup.

We have developed some state-of-the-art technology to create the perfect fusion of the physical world with the world of a video game; one of them is a custom-designed wearable wristband that we call the 'Power Up Band,'" he continued.


The band allows you to collect coins and compete with other guests to see who's collected more coins. There are also collectible items such as character stamps that you can get by achieving goals. The Mario-themed fun doesn't there. Key challenges will be scattered throughout the area to lead to boss battles against enemy characters.

Super Nintendo World will open this summer after being in development for three years.

We won't get a preview of the area for months, but we can already get an idea of how it will look like thanks to the music video that Nintendo has just released for Super Nintendo World. Watch it below.

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