Super Nintendo World first opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka in early March. The theme park area is now ready to get its first expansion. Opened in 2024, it has the Donkey Kong theme and will increase the size of Super Nintendo World by approximately 70 percent.
“Super Nintendo World creates a whole new level of theme park entertainment and it has quickly become an exciting and must-see experience for our guests,” said JL Bonnier, president and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, in an official statement. “We are delighted to continue working with Nintendo as we fulfill our vision of bringing their characters and stories to life. Our new Donkey Kong themed area will bring even more excitement and fun to the Super Nintendo World experience. “
According to the official launch, the new area will bring to life the lush jungles where Donkey Kong and his friends live. It will include a roller coaster and interactive attractions. Visitors can try themed food and buy merchandise. Above is an artist’s rendering of the new area. Note that the area surrounding Universal Studios Japan is not a lush jungle, but an urban sprawl.
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Donkey Kong, has partnered with the Universal Studios team to design the new area. “I’m very happy to be able to bring the world of Donkey Kong to life by following Mario’s world,” said Miyamoto. “I am looking forward to creating an exciting Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is completed, but it will be a unique area not only for people who are familiar with Donkey kong games, but for all the guests. “
The opening of Super Nintendo World It was delayed due to Covid-19. Osaka has been under repeated states of emergency throughout this year. However, with the decline in Covid-19 cases and the increase in vaccines, the Japanese government will allow the current state of emergency to expire this Thursday.