Common Studios Japan has announced a gap date for its long-awaited Nintendo-themed space. The Tremendous Nintendo Land zone will open on the Osaka theme park on February 4th, 2021.

That’s really a little bit sooner than anticipated — final month Nintendo mentioned that the challenge would open in spring. A themed cafe and merchandise store have already opened within the bigger Common Studios Japan park.

USJ and Nintendo have additionally offered particulars on what is bound to be one of many park’s flagship points of interest: a Mario Kart-themed rollercoaster. It’s housed inside a reconstructed Bowser’s citadel and makes use of AR and projection mapping know-how, with riders donning AR headsets formed like Mario’s cap:

Bloomberg obtained an early take a look at Tremendous Nintendo World, together with the Mario Kart journey, and famous that the park is ready to be additional expanded with a Donkey Kong-themed space:

The vehicles do have steering wheels, and a number of automobiles can race alongside one another, nevertheless it sounds just like the journey itself is on rails. It’s not assured that you simply win the race — there’s a component of throwing power-ups from merchandise bins, and the expertise shall be completely different every time you journey, in line with USJ.

The park says it’s working with well being administration officers to make sure a protected surroundings for guests and workers, and is presently working at 50-percent capability. COVID-19 circumstances have been rising in Osaka lately, with a document depend of 490 constructive exams reached on in the future final week. Japan has largely prevented strict lockdown measures so far, nevertheless, counting on contact tracing and near-universal mask-wearing to mitigate the pandemic.

The opening of Tremendous Nintendo World shall be intently watched as a mannequin for the theme park trade, which has been hit onerous by COVID-19. Final week the Walt Disney Firm introduced plans to lay off 32,000 employees, largely in its parks division.

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