A new video taken from Super Nintendo World, which is currently being constructed at Universal Studios Japan, is making the rounds on social media. And though it’s only 16-second long, the clip is more than enough to get lots of Mario fans more excited about the land’s upcoming opening in Osaka.
The short video shows a crane that is seemingly dangling a chunk of Mario platform in the air. The cartoony, mountain-like platform features three cloud lifts positioned on top of one another. Moving left to right and right to left, these lifts apparently serve as one of the ways for guests to reach the iconic Mario goal pole.
— ThrillGeek (@thrillgeek) February 11, 2020
Though it appears that the platform isn’t 100 percent done yet, several Mario fans are already amazed by it, with many of them expressing their desire to visit Universal Studios Japan once the Super Nintendo World opens.
— Onemariobro (@onemariobro) February 12, 2020
— Evazn (@BigGunsGamer) February 11, 2020
I want to jump on it, to get to the top pic.twitter.com/djb9Aqk9yi
— Ben-xurio (@Benxurio) February 12, 2020
Omg!! I can’t wait.
— Jet Set Nom ⚓✈🍜🍣 (@jetsetnom) February 11, 2020
— Daisy Almaguer (@Daisylicious25) February 12, 2020
Some critical fans, however, are questioning the design, durability, and the overall build of the platform. A couple of fans think the platform looks cheap while others are concerned on whether the materials used are weather-resistant.
Looks awesome but I just don’t like you can see that gap
— John (@PapaJ0419) February 11, 2020
Agreed…makes it look cheap.
— tama747 (@tama747) February 11, 2020
I think one more segment to the platforms would’ve hidden it very well, I wonder why they’d rather leave it uncovered though. I don’t know how friendly weather will be to the structure inside either, because the tops seem to all be exposed
— Melvin (@blueshift_drive) February 11, 2020
The Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan is set to open this summer. And though versions of Super Nintendo World are also coming to Universal theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore, there’s no concrete timetable for when the Mario-themed area will open at these locations.
Just last month, Thierry Coup, senior vice president and chief creative officer of Universal Creative (Universal Parks & Resorts’ research and development division), said that Japan’s version of Super Nintendo World will be taking its guests inside the world of their favorite Nintendo video games.
“Think of Super Nintendo World as a life-size, living video game where you become one of the characters. You’re not just playing the game; you’re living the game, you’re living the adventure,” said Coup in a statement. “Nintendo’s most iconic locations and experiences will be brought to life, including Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle, an incredible Mario Kart ride, Bowser’s Castle – and more.”
According to Universal Parks & Resorts chairman and CEO Tom Williams, Japan’s Super Nintendo World will have two rides ready to go from day one: the Super Mario Kart ride and the omnimover attraction called Yoshi’s Adventures. It’s not clear, however, whether these attractions will also be featured in other versions of the land.