Mario Kart - Classic Group
More info i
(Credit: Nintendo)

Super Nintendo World coming to a Universal park near you, synergy with games assured

Contributed by
Jul 9, 2018, 6:15 PM EDT

In many ways Nintendo's Mario Kart is a nearly perfect game, but you know what just might make it better? Lifesizing! 

That’s the very real possibility coming down the pike when Super Nintendo World opens at Universal Studios Japan, hopefully just in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. And then we should also get to take a Kart ride Stateside sometime after that, with openings planned for both Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando. 

While that much has been known for a while now, what isn’t known is just how much these theme parks will synergize with Nintendo’s current line-up of games. Or as one curious shareholder wondered during Nintendo’s recent Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, will a guest be motivated to buy more games after visiting the parks, or will their gaming needs be satiated by the live-action experience?     

Well shareholders, according to Nintendo representative director Shigeru Miyamoto (via Variety), you have nothing to fear: 

“A lot of people who are mothers and fathers today are from a generation that grew up playing Super Mario, and they are now playing products like ‘Nintendo Labo’ together with their own children,” said Miyamoto. “There are a lot of families like this not just in Japan, but also around the world. When such families visit these theme parks to experience Nintendo’s worlds that have been carefully crafted and to interact with our characters, I think we can expect to see synergy with our dedicated video game platform business.”

What that means exactly, we don’t know. But as Variety notes, at least Nintendo is considering the synergy factor in their upcoming theme park experiences. 

And with mobile-friendly games like Mario Kart, Pokemon Go, and Super Mario Odyssey to work with, there’s many an opportunity to enhance the theme-park experience with special features that would make it all the more fun to bring your gaming to the park. After all, as Disney has shown with their Play Disney Parks app, standing in line is a lot more fun when you’re gaming all the while. 

What games are you excited to see come to life at Super Nintendo World? Let us know in the comments below!