New Exciting Addition to Universal Studios Hollywood: Super Nintendo World


Bowsers Castle at Universal Studios. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Ingrid Flamenco, Front Page Editor

As 2023 starts fans can welcome a new addition to Universal Studios Hollywood. The new attraction/land is called Super Nintendo World and it is inspired by the game Mario Kart.

As of today, Super Nintendo World is not completely open, but you’re allowed to make advanced reservations to explore the new attraction and land as there is a capacity limit for reservations.

Super Nintendo World opens completely to the public on February 17, 2023. Super Nintendo world includes many things including a Bowser Ride, a Toadstool Cafe, and various merchandise stores. It also has many reactive games throughout the land.

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Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood (photo: Creative Wikimedia Commons)

In order to really enjoy Nintendo World and everything interactive in the land, you should buy Power Bands. Power Bands can be purchased for $40 inside the park and they allow you to do all the fun games and challenges in order to collect coins and keys that give you access to a final game in which you go against other teams to defeat Bowser.

There are 6 different Power Bands to choose from including Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Princess Peach, and Princess Daisy. Although Power Bands are a little pricey, it’s the only way you can get a full experience at Nintendo Land. Power Bands are also reusable and can be used every time you come to the park.                                                                     

Nintendo Land includes four different challenges: Koopa Troopa Power Punch Key, Pac-n-Flower Alarm Panic, Bomb Hey/Dismembered Puzzle, and the final stage, the Bowser Jr. Final Battle.

The only ride-attraction in Nintendo World is Mario Kart: Bowser Challenge, the 3-D and 4-D ride that requires riders to wear special goggles in which they battle and go through many courses to collect coins and ultimately try to win against Bowser in a race on the tracks.

As for the cafe, they have many different choices of Mario-style foods alongside lots of Mario and Nintendo merchandise that is also sold in the park. 

I asked three students at Birmingham what they thought about Nintendo World and what they like most about it.

Emily Aguilar (11): ¨I think it’s a good new feature to Universal, and if we’re able to go, I would definitely enjoy being there cause everything seems so realistic and cool looking.¨

Nellie Chavarria (10):  “I think Nintendo World looks really fun and cute and fits the theme really well. Although I heard some complaints, I’m looking forward to going and seeing the setup cause it looks really pretty.”

Gisel de la Torre (11): ¨It is really cool. I like how they have the Power Bands to collect coins around the park, but I don’t like how they only came up with one ride that keeps breaking down. I feel like they could have at least added another ride.¨