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A Super Mario/Nintendo Theme Park Is Just What This World Needs

This is a 1-Up for the popular videogame character
by Tanya Umali | Dec 15, 2016
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Not only is Mario making a comeback by jumping onto your smartphones, but fans can also experience his mushroom magic IRL. Universal Parks & Resorts will be opening a new theme park called Super Nintendo World in Osaka, Japan in 2020, the same year the Olympics will be held in Tokyo.


No wonder Japan's Prime Minister dressed up as Super Mario at the Rio Olympics finale. 

Take note, however, that the theme park will not be a standalone park, but a themed world included within Universal Studios Japan. 

In an official statement, Universal Studios Japan said that the park will include "globally renowned characters and game worlds from Nintendo" and will be "comprised of expansive and multilevel environments filled with unprecedented, state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops and restaurants." Apart from that, no other details were mentioned. 

The project will most likely cost around 50 billion yen. Though that is quite a huge sum for development, economists estimate that it could result in benefits of around 11.7 trillion Yen for the entire Japan, and will generate approximately 1.1 million jobs in the country.

Meanwhile, check out the teaser trailer featuring the vision of Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and Universal Creative President Mark Woodbury:

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