You don’t have to worry that the American version isn’t as good as the Japanese one.
Disney fanbois have had their day in the sun for decades, but now it’s our turn. Super Nintendo World Hollywood will open on February 17th and we can finally enter the Mushroom Kingdom. A live attraction was perhaps the only thing missing from Nintendo’s repertoire – besides a decent handling of online components – and with this second California theme park opening, our childhood dreams are about to come true.
However, as with most things, fans are concerned that the American version might not live up to the standards or have the same attractions as the theme park in Japan, which opened in 2021. Considering Japan does most things better than anyone else, it’s an understandable notion. But apparently we don’t have to worry about that. Universal Creative Vice President Jon Corfino said the Hollywood version of the park will be very similar to its Osaka counterpart.
“As for the ride itself, [there is] no difference. In terms of how we had to adjust some of the queues, it’s different only in that the configuration is different,” Corfino said in a conversation with Attractions Magazine (thanks, VGC). “They still have the same areas; They’re just laid out a little differently because the space is different.
“In terms of the country itself, we don’t have a Yoshi ride, they do. But other than that I would say pound for pound you will get the same gaming experience [and] the same visual experience. It’s essentially the same, but it’s a different configuration because they have a larger geography than we do. We had to compress it somehow [fit the space that] we had.”
However, one of Super Nintendo World’s biggest advantages over traditional parks like DisneyLand is its digital integration. The theme park will integrate AR technology as well as RFID tags to create interactive attractions.
“There is a lot of kinetic activity. You will see it everywhere. There are no rules here – it’s like the game: you can explore however you want, in any order. It’s all about discovery,” said Corfino, explaining the different ways guests can interact with these digital attractions.
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