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Super Nintendo World confirmed for Universal’s Epic Universe

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Universal Orlando Resort’s major theme park project, Universal’s Epic Universe, will feature a Super Nintendo World when it opens in 2023.

The news was confirmed by Comcast Corporation executives during a 2019 earnings conference call on January 23.

It was thought that Epic Universe would house a Super Nintendo World, with new concept art popping up in November. Until now, however, neither Universal or Comcast had confirmed it.

Comcast execs said the new land will be part of Universal’s fourth gate in Orlando, which joins Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay.

Super Nintendo World at Universal Orlando’s fourth gate

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“Nintendo, based on our research, is the biggest potential driver in attendance you can have in terms of intellectual properties,” said Comcast execs during the call.

“It’s up there with Harry Potter, and in some of our parks, Harry Potter drives incremental attendance of two million people.”

Universal has not unveiled any additional themed zones at Epic Universe, but the attraction is tipped to feature rides and attractions based on How to Train Your Dragon, The Secret Life of Pets, and Harry Potter.

Super Nintendo World is making its way to various Universal theme parks. It is opening first in summer 2020 at Universal Studios Japan, in time for Tokyo 2020.

Comcast execs confirm Super Nintendo World for Orlando

After that, Super Nintendo World will be built at Universal Studios Hollywood and then at Universal Orlando Resort.

Super Nintendo World will combine the real world and video games, with visitors able to use a wearable wristband, called a Power Up Band, alongside a smartphone app.

The expansion will feature Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Castle, as well as state-of-the-art Super Mario Kart and Yoshi’s Adventure rides. It will also house shops and a restaurant.

Nintendo previously released a new music video from Galantis and Charli XCX, which you can watch above, to promote Super Nintendo World at USJ.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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