Wa-hooo! The Super Nintendo World theme park is confirmed to be part of Universal's upcoming theme park, Epic Universe. Soon, fulfilling all your dreams of frolicking through the Mushroom Kingdom will be within your reach—provided you can nab a plane ticket to Orlando, Florida.
Comcast, the owner and operator of Universal Parks and Resorts, announced Super Nintendo World's new home base in a Q4 earnings conference call earlier today. The executives on the call described Super Nintendo World as a "fourth gate" for Universal Orlando alongside Volcano Bay water park, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida.
"Nintendo, based on our research, is the biggest potential driver in attendance you can have in terms of intellectual properties," Comcast's executives said. "It's up there with Harry Potter, and in some of our parks, HP drives incremental attendance of 2 million people."
Epic Universe is scheduled to open in August. Tom Williams, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Universal Parks and Resorts, described Epic Universe as "[T]he most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created" in a press release distributed last summer.
Williams' remark about Epic Universe being "immersive" might have some bearing on certain engineering decisions in Super Nintendo World. Earlier this month, we learned Super Nintendo World in Osaka, Japan will give visitors special watches that sync to their smartphones and let them "collect" coins and power-ups. It's not yet clear if Universal aims to distribute similar watches to the Epic Universe branch of Super Nintendo World, but they'd help make for a more immersive experience, so it's not out of the question.
Additional Super Nintendo World parks are currently planned for L.A. and Singapore.