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Michael Fassbender

Super Nintendo World: A Real-Life Mario Adventure

I step onto Super Star Plaza at exactly 8:03 am. In front of me, big, colorful letters invite me into the real-world version of a scenery and gameplay I know all too well: SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. I’m here and I can’t believe it.

As I walk through the life-sized green pipe, with sparkling rainbow colors all around me and a familiar soundtrack playing in the background, it’s pure deja vu — time travel, if you will. I’m suddenly that little gamer girl all over again. “This is the magic of Universal,” says Abbye Finnan, show producer for SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Hollywood. “We’ve been putting guests inside their favorite movies and stories for so long, and now we’re inviting them inside a game.”

I’m in awe — and I’m not alone. Around me, I see people of all ages from all around the world. I see them walking into the land and getting on their knees, bawling. I spot them on video calls with friends who couldn’t be there. I watch entire families dressed up as their favorite characters walking around with Yoshi headbands and Bowser backpacks. I witness yet another person getting on their knees, only this time they’ve got an engagement ring inside a Super Star Popcorn Bucket and are proposing to their partner in front of Peach’s Castle. Folks, it’s a big deal.

Welcome to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD! An entirely themed, immersive land that brings to life the characters and colorful thematic spaces many of us have interacted with for the past 20+ years.

BEFORE YOU GO

The Story

Turns out you’re not merely visiting SUPER NINTENDO WORLD — you’re here on a mission (as one always is when in the company of Mario and friends). As soon as you enter the land through the pipe and into Peach’s Castle, the portraits on the two side walls set up your quest: Bowser Jr. has stolen the Golden Mushroom from Peach’s Castle and Princess Peach is counting on you to retrieve it. To do that, you need to collect three keys within the land — whether it’s by facing the Key Challenges, collecting all 8-bit characters, or by getting them from Mario and Princess Peach. Once you collect the keys, you can now unlock the final battle between you and Bowser Jr.

And, there’s more: Bowser has challenged Mario and friends to the ultimate race, and you can get into your own kart (along with three other people) to help Team Mario win the Golden Cup on Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.

Phew, busy day for you! So, let’s get started.

Getting inside the Land

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is located on the Lower Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood — you’ll know you’ve made it when you see Bowser’s Castle from the Starway, the escalators that take you from the Upper Lot to the lower portion of the theme park.

Depending on the day, you’ll need to make a reservation to enter the land by joining the Virtual Line. It’s pretty straightforward: once you’ve entered the theme park, open up the Official Universal Studios Hollywood app, select the number of people in your party (up to 10) and join the virtual queue for that same day. Keep in mind that this reservation does not include the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge attraction, it’s solely for the land — you won’t want to skip the queue for the attraction anyway cause it’s awesome.

And although the Virtual Line gives you the flexibility of enjoying the rest of the theme park while you wait for your turn to experience the land, I personally recommend getting SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Early Access Ticket. Walking into the land before everyone else? Yes, please! It’s a great opportunity to explore every inch of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, take awesome photos of the Mushroom Kingdom, get extra practice on the Key Challenges, snag your favorite Nintendo souvenirs (wanted: the reversible Super Star pillow that turns into a ? Block), and experience Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge before it gets busy.

PRO TIP: If you have the Universal Express Pass you don’t need a reservation — the Pass gives you a one-time entry with no reservation required.

Level Up with Power-Up Bands

Whose team are you on? I’m Team Peach til the end and I’ve got a Power-Up Band to prove it! The bands are themed to one of six characters — Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Princess Peach and Princess Daisy — and by picking your favorite one, you’re also picking the team you’re competing with throughout the land. Big commitment, huh? Having a Power-Up Band truly elevates your experience inside SUPER NINTENDO WORLD and takes the gameplay to a whole other level (pun intended).

What I love the most about this land is how immersive and experiential it is. It all ties together so perfectly — the band, the app, the attractions, the challenges… And getting to experience it fully, with all the perks and advantages, is truly memorable. Yes, you can enjoy SUPER NINTENDO WORLD without a Power-Up Band, but you’ll miss out on the ability to track your score and compete with friends and family.

With the Power-Up Band, you are able to collect the keys that will ultimately unlock the final showdown with Bowser Jr. to retrieve the Golden Mushroom, track your score on Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge ride (more on that later!), punch the ? Blocks to collect digital coins and stamps, and keep track of your score against other teams on the Checkpoint screens inside the land and on your Universal Studios Hollywood App. And because you synced the band with the app, you’ll have a history of how well you did and can use the same one each time you visit (fun fact: it works at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD in Universal Studios Japan as well!) “We wanted SUPER NINTENDO WORLD to be a fully immersive land, so guests aren’t just watching it all happen, they’re part of it,” says Finnan. Mission accomplished.

PRO TIP: Download the Official Universal Studios Hollywood App before you arrive so you can join the Virtual Line as soon as you walk into the theme park and sync your Power-Up Band before entering SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

WHAT TO DO

As you walk into the Mushroom Kingdom, you’ll probably need to hit pause for a moment to take it all in. Go on, you deserve it. I’ll wait.

Once you’re ready to resume, check out Mt. Beanpole and all of its layers! Can you spot the Goombas, Piranha Plants, Thwomps, coins, ? Blocks, and Koopa Troopas moving around the facade of the land? Even the lampposts are dotted with little Super Stars on them!

One thing to keep in mind is that there’s no right way to explore the land. You can do it differently every time you come. Exploration is a big component to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, so be curious, look a little harder each time you come, and go wherever your heart takes you. Whether you’re taking on the different Key Challenges, battling Bowser Jr., getting your picture taken with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad, or catching your breath by sitting in the shade on top of a mushroom under another mushroom, here’s everything you can do, tap, punch, collect, win at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

Play Around the Land

One thing you have to know about me is that I’m not a competitive person. I’m just not. Well, until I stepped foot into SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. I made it my mission in life to rank as high as possible on the Daily Ranking board — which you can see on your Universal Studios Hollywood app and on the big screens at Checkpoint, right by 1-UP Factory store. And you’ve got tons of opportunities to outscore your friends. Just like in the games, the more coins you collect from around the land and from the ride, the more points you get.

Besides committing to every Key Challenge (more on that below) and riding Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, I had a blast just running around SUPER NINTENDO WORLD punching ? Blocks, collecting coins, exploring the Frosted Glacier area while peeping into the AR Binoculars for fun surprises, and hunting easter eggs around the land. (Can you find all of them?) Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I wrapped up the day in 4th place and did get my name on the big screen — who knew my gamer genes would stand the test of time?

Key Challenges

There are four main Key Challenges around SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, a great way to collect the three keys you’ll need to unlock the final challenge against Bowser Jr. and retrieve the Golden Mushroom.

Piranha Plant Nap Mishap

As soon as you start, several alarm clocks start ringing and wake up the giant Piranha Plant. The goal is for the players to turn off all the alarm clocks so the Piranha Plant goes back to sleep. It’s much easier to play as a team, but I’m living proof that you can tackle the challenge solo — you just might need to practice a bit.

Koopa Troopa POWer Punch

This one is all about timing: you have to punch the red POW Block at just the right moment so a spinning green shell bursts though the upper pipe exit, hitting the POW Block. Definitely one of the most challenging of the four, and when you finally get that key, you’ll feel extra proud.

Goomba Crazy Crank

You’re up against a Goomba! This challenge is pretty straightforward, but takes arm power — turn the crank fast enough to knock down a running Goomba from the spinning wheel.

Thwomp Panel Panic

This challenge requires coordination and teamwork. Players have to tap the blocks on the screen to change from either blue to all yellow or yellow to all blue before the Thwomp strikes down and mixes everything up again. Be sure to decide which color you want to make the board BEFORE you start the challenge.

PRO TIP: When you flip a panel with a red arrow, the panel next to it will also flip. So, the order in which you flip is also critical!

Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown

Congratulations! You’ve won at least three of the four challenges and have collected enough keys to unlock the final challenge. You’re about to enter Bowser Jr.’s hideout to finally retrieve the Golden Mushroom. To face the ultimate showdown, you’ll position yourself in front of a large screen alongside other players. Once the game starts, your shadow will be projected on that screen in front of you. Be prepared to move your whole body to hit Bob-ombs, dodge Bullet Bills, swing your arms to throw Fireballs, punch the ? Blocks, and jump to get a Power-Up. See who scores the highest among your group and celebrate having defeated Bowser Jr. and reuniting Princess Peach with her Golden Mushroom.

Meet and Greet Friends

As if all of this wasn’t already cool enough, you can meet and actually talk to Mario and Luigi, right in the center of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. A few steps away, go and say hi to Princess Peach in the Gazebo by her Castle. Make sure you find Toad, too!

Experience Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge

This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for — I know I have. It’s time to put on the visor and battle Team Bowser alongside Mario, Luigi and friends on Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge. This groundbreaking ride has cutting-edge technology that makes you feel like you’re actually steering through different levels and versions of the Mario Kart game. You drive on different tracks, go up in the clouds, and drift through underwater courses, all while collecting coins and throwing shells to win the Golden Cup. Who knows, you might even make it to Rainbow Road… “People from all over the world have some sort of memory tied to Mario Kart,” Finnan says. “I used to play it with my brothers and cousins growing up. So, when coming to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, guests want to be able to experience the game with Mario riding alongside of you. They want to feel part of the competition.”

Abbye Finnan, show producer for SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Hollywood.

As you explore the different areas of the queue, including a set of Yoshi’s Island themed spaces, Bowser’s iconic castle (where you get the best view of the land), and two pre-show rooms (where you’ll gear up with a pretty cool visor), you’ll eventually be ready

Where Is Mario World Universal

Super Nintendo World: A Real-Life Mario Adventure

Super Nintendo World is a dream come true for fans of the iconic video game series. Located at the Lower Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood, this immersive land brings to life the beloved characters and vibrant thematic spaces that have captured the hearts of gamers for over two decades. Whether you’re a dedicated gamer or simply someone looking for a fun and unforgettable experience, Super Nintendo World offers an array of activities and attractions that cater to all visitors.

Embark on a Mission

Upon entering Super Nintendo World, visitors are immediately immersed in a thrilling quest. The story unfolds as Bowser Jr. steals the Golden Mushroom from Peach’s Castle, prompting Princess Peach to seek the help of guests to retrieve it. To accomplish this mission, visitors must collect three keys within the land by completing various challenges, interacting with 8-bit characters, or obtaining them from Mario and Princess Peach. Once the keys are secured, guests can unlock the final battle against Bowser Jr. Additionally, visitors can partake in Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, where they join Team Mario in a race to win the Golden Cup.

Accessing the Land

To access Super Nintendo World, visitors may need to make a reservation through the Virtual Line, which can be done via the Official Universal Studios Hollywood app. This reservation allows entry into the land, excluding the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge attraction. Alternatively, guests can opt for the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Early Access Ticket, providing the opportunity to explore the land before the general public. For added convenience, holders of the Universal Express Pass can enjoy one-time entry without requiring a reservation.

Elevate the Experience with Power-Up Bands

Power-Up Bands, themed to characters such as Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Princess Peach, and Princess Daisy, enhance the Super Nintendo World experience. By selecting a Power-Up Band, visitors align themselves with a specific team, adding an extra layer of engagement to their adventure. These bands enable guests to collect keys, track their scores, and compete with friends and family throughout the land. The immersive nature of the bands, combined with their integration with the Universal Studios Hollywood app, ensures a memorable and interactive visit.

Exploring the Mushroom Kingdom

Upon entering the Mushroom Kingdom, visitors are greeted with a visually stunning landscape, featuring iconic elements from the game series. From spotting familiar characters and objects to engaging in various activities, exploration is a key component of the Super Nintendo World experience. Whether guests are tackling Key Challenges, interacting with beloved characters, or simply taking in the vibrant surroundings, there is no shortage of entertainment and adventure to be found.

Engaging Activities and Challenges

Super Nintendo World offers a range of activities and challenges for visitors to enjoy. From participating in Key Challenges to engaging in friendly competition on the Daily Ranking board, guests can immerse themselves in the world of Mario and friends. The Key Challenges, including Piranha Plant Nap Mishap, Koopa Troopa POWer Punch, Goomba Crazy Crank, and Thwomp Panel Panic, provide an opportunity to collect the keys necessary for the final showdown against Bowser Jr. Additionally, visitors can meet and interact with beloved characters, such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad, adding to the overall enchanting experience.

Unforgettable Experience: Mario Kart – Bowser’s Challenge

The highlight of the Super Nintendo World adventure is the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge attraction. This groundbreaking ride utilizes cutting-edge technology to simulate the exhilarating experience of steering through various levels and versions of the Mario Kart game. From navigating different tracks to collecting coins and engaging in friendly competition, guests are fully immersed in the world of Mario Kart. The attraction offers a nostalgic and thrilling experience, allowing visitors to create lasting memories as they join Mario, Luigi, and friends in the ultimate race.

In conclusion, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood offers an unparalleled and immersive experience for fans of the iconic video game series. From embarking on a thrilling quest to engaging in captivating activities and attractions, visitors are transported into the vibrant and enchanting world of Mario and friends. Whether it’s collecting keys, meeting beloved characters, or racing in Mario Kart, Super Nintendo World promises an unforgettable adventure for guests of all ages.

FAQs

FAQs About Super Nintendo World

1. What is Super Nintendo World?

Super Nintendo World is an immersive and themed land located at the Lower Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. It brings to life the characters and vibrant thematic spaces from the iconic Super Mario video game series.

2. How can visitors access Super Nintendo World?

Visitors can access Super Nintendo World by making a reservation through the Virtual Line via the Official Universal Studios Hollywood app. Alternatively, they can opt for the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Early Access Ticket or utilize the Universal Express Pass for entry.

3. What are Power-Up Bands?

Power-Up Bands are themed to characters such as Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Princess Peach, and Princess Daisy. They enhance the Super Nintendo World experience by allowing visitors to align themselves with a specific team, track their scores, and compete with friends and family throughout the land.

4. What activities and challenges are available at Super Nintendo World?

Super Nintendo World offers a range of activities and challenges, including Key Challenges such as Piranha Plant Nap Mishap, Koopa Troopa POWer Punch, Goomba Crazy Crank, and Thwomp Panel Panic. Visitors can also engage in friendly competition on the Daily Ranking board and meet beloved characters from the Mario series.

5. What is the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge attraction?

The Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge attraction is a groundbreaking ride that simulates the experience of steering through various levels and versions of the Mario Kart game. It offers a nostalgic and thrilling experience, allowing visitors to join Mario, Luigi, and friends in the ultimate race.

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