It was only a year ago when Universal had announced that they are expected to open the first Super Nintendo World later this year in Japan.
Now it appears that Mario & Luigi will warp their way over into Orlando FL.
Steve Burke, Chairman, NBCUniversal & Senior Executive Vice President, confirmed Thursday that Super Nintendo World will open as part of Universal Orlando’s new Epic Universe theme park expected to open in 2023.
It will first arrive in Universal Studios Japan in spring 2020 and will cost some $544 million – about $90 million more than what Universal is said to have spent on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. It’ll then open at Universal Studios Hollywood, presumably in either ’21 or ’22, before landing in Epic Universe, the upcoming fourth park at Universal Orlando Resort, in 2023.
Super Nintendo World will be primarily dedicated to the most legendary franchise in Nintendo’s catalog: Super Mario Bros., which got its start in 1985 and which has since grown to include well over 100 entries, spinoffs, and tie-ins (which isn’t to mention all the television shows, movies, comic books, and other pop-culture accouterments that have amassed over the decades).