A new attraction based on Nintendo Co.’s “Super Mario Bros.” game series will open on March 18 at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, the park’s operator said Monday, following two earlier postponements.
The much awaited opening of Super Nintendo World was decided after the state of COVID-19 emergency over the western prefecture of Osaka was lifted last week.
A part of the Super Nintendo World is pictured at the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka on Nov. 30, 2020. (Kyodo)
The park, which cost 60 billion yen ($550 million), features augmented reality that allows visitors to take part in an interactive experience similar to playing the Super Mario game.
These include the world’s first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride and a battle with Bowser Jr., one of the characters.
The park will implement infection prevention methods, including requiring visitors to register with the Osaka COVID-19 Tracing System so that they may be notified in case another user is found to be infected by the coronavirus.