Take the Warp Pipe to Super Nintendo World February 4
Featuring an AR-enabled Mario Kart roller coaster
Chris De Hoog |
Nov 30, 2020
At long last, Super Nintendo World in Osaka has an opening date: the new feature will transport its first visitors to the Mushroom Kingdom on February 4, 2021.
As a new area within Universal Studios Japan, Super Nintendo World will feature a two-track Mario Kart rollercoaster as its main attraction, where riders use AR headsets and “throw power-ups from item boxes” to jockey for first place. The ride itself is on rails but the winner will be determined by how well participants perform in the AR element, thus offering a unique experience each time.
Another ride focuses on Yoshi, as seen in aerial photos taken this spring. A smartphone app will link to a wearable “link-up band” to track coins earned from challenges, and another attraction will have visitors “moving like Mario” to collect keys and character stamps. Visitors will explore a scaled replica of the Mushroom Kingdom’s vibrant vistas