Rumor: Details on Super Nintendo World @ Universal Studios – Art, Cut Ideas, and Mario Kart

An unconfirmed leak of Super Nintendo World has been reported by ParkScope. There is a lot to take in if true, including the fact that the Mario Kart ride seems to be the absolute main attraction and will be the only part of the park to be left alone if and when they hit budget constraints. Also, budget constraints have already lead to several areas of the park getting cut, including the entirety of the Zelda and Kirby themed areas – though these could re-appear in an expansion to this park or other parks in the future (basically, this new area of the park would have to prove successful and highly profitable to justify expansion).

Nintendo Everything went ahead and created a convenient breakdown of all of the relevant information:

  • General layout and original entrance to Super Nintendo World shown
  • Enter through Peach’s castle (located roughly where Animal Actors is now) into a large indoor area
  • The indoor area would feature a Nintendo World Store, a Pokemon area (not elaborated on), Luigi’s Pizza (don’t think too hard about what they’d do with the other Luigi’s Pizza), a small tea cups like ride with Koopas, and a Bullet Bill TTA-like rid
  • Going clockwise around the land is a Kirby young kids area with one ride and a kids wet/dry play area
  • Kirby area has apparently been cut
  • Donkey Kong Island takes inspiration and setting from the Donkey Kong Country series
  • The first attraction is a large kids play area tree fort similar to the one Donkey Kong has at the beginning of each game
  • The second attraction is an outdoor coaster using the boom coaster patent
  • This coaster will be a new attraction and not a retheme of the Woody Nuthouse coaster
  • At this point the coaster is remaining in the final plans
  • Unclear if the kids play structure remains
  • Mario Kart ride concept has evolved since the initial proposal
  • The ride will retain the same scope and scale as the concept art
  • There’s a debate about the use of projections and “AR” glasses in the ride to replicate the battle items during racing
  • AR will be used to show the shells, bananas, and other items on the track
  • Bowser’s Airship ride and Luigi’s Mansion interactive play area shown in concept art
  • These concepts seem to be sacrificial lambs for Mario Kart
  • When the budget restraints hit these will be the first attractions removed so the Mario Kart ride doesn’t get touched
  • Hyrule/The Legend of Zelda area apparently cut from the final plans
  • In prior released images you can see a preshow with Princess Zelda and the implementation of the ‘puzzle moving theater’ patent
  • Other famous areas from the series like the Great Deku Tree and Kokiri Village show up in the land along with an “interactive area”
  • What is not leaked, but expected to be coming to the land, is the Yoshi dark ride
  • The Yoshi dark ride will be an all ages ride aboard Yoshi ride vehicles
  • Refocus on Mario and Donkey Kong only for Phase 1 the Zelda area
  • Smaller attractions, and Kirby area have been jettisoned to future expansions in other parks

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

A veteran in the video game media sphere, Nathanial co-founded Gamnesia, founded MetroidWiki.org, ran the news the segment on the Zelda Universe Podcast, found and ran Zelda Domain from 1998 to 2006, and built Zelda Informer as the Editor-in-Chief from 2008 to 2017. He now owns and operates Nintendo Prime. You can follow him on twitter @NateJanc, otherwise just stay tuned at Nintendo Prime for more of his work.