Some of you may be aware that a new Universal Studios is in the initial construction phase here in Beijing (actually in Tongzhou), and ready to give Happy Valley a run for their money. There is likely no comparison between the parks, especially since it has also been announced that this new attraction to rival Shanghai Disney will now also include a Super Nintendo World. Yes, you heard us. An entire world that’s dedicated to turning your Nintendo fantasy into a 3D reality.
Super Nintendo World marks the beginning of a massive collaboration between the gaming platform and the theme park giant, and will be a new theme to their chain of parks much like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This Nintendo-themed wing will also be rolled out in their other theme parks in Orlando, Hollywood, and Japan over the next couple years. This news comes about a year and a half after Nintendo struck a deal with Universal, to start incorporating the franchise.
There is still a lot that has yet to be announced about the park’s 16-Bit theme, or what other worlds of the Universal brand will be included, but what we do know from The Hollywood Reporter article that broke the news is that it will be totally immersive and bring to life levels from Super Mario Bros and other Nintendo properties. We are fantasizing already about wild Yoshi rides through desert landscapes, dodging giant Piranha Plants shooting fireballs.
The completion date is still about five years away, so there is quite a bit of time until this park is ready to compete with the others currently in existence. At least, as Beijingers, we have something big to look forward to, and yet another reason to not just pack up everything and move to Shanghai and become one of those weird families that just goes to Disney every weekend.