Mario and Donkey Kong join Super Nintendo World Orlando

Nintendo fans have every reason to look forward to Epic Universe opening in 2025. Universal Orlando park-goers will be excited about the opening of Super Nintendo World Donkey Kong Country And Super Mario Land Sightseeing attractions.

Universal Studios shared new details about Super Nintendo World, one of five locations opening alongside Epic Universe at Universal Orlando. The company announced what to expect for visitors, particularly those who visited versions of the theme park at other Universal Studios locations. According to a press release from Universal Orlando Resorts (via Gizmodo), Epic Universe promises to deliver the same Nintendo experience as Universal Studios Japan. Super Nintendo World in the Epic Universe will feature two themed areas inspired by Donkey Kong Country And Super Mario Landtwo of Nintendo's most popular gaming IPs.


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Guests enter the Super Nintendo World portal via an iconic green pipe that leads into Super Mario Land, which features the familiar sights, sounds and characters from Nintendo games. The area is brought to life with animatronic Piranha Plants, Goombas, Koopa Troopas and game elements such as “?” Blocks and spinning coins. Guests will also meet Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and others Super Mario Bros. Characters among the attractions. Highlights confirmed so far include Yoshi's Adventure, a family-friendly ride that offers breathtaking views of the Mushroom Kingdom, and Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge, which lets guests navigate a variety of attractions Mario Kart Courses – collect coins, throw grenades at Team Bowser, avoid obstacles and more.”

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An entrance on the edge of Super Mario Land leads into the lush tropical landscape of Donkey Kong Country, complete with “tall trees, waterfalls, and landmarks like the Golden Temple.” The area's main attraction is Mine Cart Madness, an adventure roller coaster inspired by the game series. Donkey Kong Country will also offer a “selection of tropical menus and merchandise offerings set in the middle of the jungle – all inspired by…” Donkey Kong Country Video game franchise and its characters.


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Guests can also enhance their experience at Super Nintendo World locations with Power-Up Bands that earn digital coins or stamps at interactive locations (e.g. by punching “?” or “POW” blocks). Power-Up Ribbons also earn digital keys that unlock hidden surprises like an exclusive showdown against Bowser Jr. This accessory also works with the Nintendo Switch for games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe And Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Super Nintendo World is also offered Super Mario Bros. And Donkey Kong-Themed merchandise and food menus.

Epic Universe will open in 2025 with five brand new themed locations: Harry Potter World, How to Train Your Dragon, Dark Universe, Celestial Park and Super Nintendo World.

Source: Universal Studios and Gizmodo

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