Nintendo theme park in Japan will have real-life interactive video games

‘Think of Super Nintendo World as a life-size, living video game where you become one of the characters’

Video games will be brought to life this summer when the world’s first Nintendo-designed theme park will open its doors in Osaka, Japan.

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The park will also feature interactive games that can be played using the Universal Studios Japan app and a wearable wristband.

Super Nintendo World will open this summer in Universal Studios Japan, the company announced Tuesday. (Universal Studios Japan)

“Think of Super Nintendo World as a life-size, living video game where you become one of the characters,” Thierry Coup, the senior vice president and chief creative officer at Universal Creative, said in a statement. “You’re not just playing the game; you’re living the game, you’re living the adventure.”

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The “Power Up Bands” are based on different characters from the Mushroom Kingdom and will allow visitors to collect digital coins and compete with other visitors, according to the release.

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The area will include rides, shops and a restaurant. According to Coup, there will be a Mario Kart ride and many of Nintendo’s “most iconic locations brought to life" like the Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Castle.

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Super Nintendo World will be an area within Universal Studios Japan, the company said Tuesday in a press release. Super Nintendo World will eventually open in other Universal theme parks including Orlando, Forida; Hollywood, California, and Singapore, according to the company.

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