Six years later his announcementSuper Nintendo World has finally opened its doors (albeit seemingly) after significant delays related to coronavirus not entirely official) at Universal Studios Osaka. As a result, the park’s video footage appears online – including a full first look at the Mario Kart ride, which has remained a mystery until now.
We know Mario Kart from Super Nintendo World: Koopa’s Challenge Drive would have been disappearing into the park’s imposing Bower’s Castle for some time, but there is virtually nothing to see of the experience that lies behind the mighty stone pines of the facade. Thanks to the fansite Universal Parks News todayBut if you can’t visit the park in person, you can enjoy one now immensely thorough tour of the Mario Kart ride and it’s wonderfully detailed queue.
In fact, the majority of the 20-minute video is spent exploring the winding line that leads to the actual Mario Kart ride, but it’s a fascinating journey nonetheless, filled with Easter eggs and iconic sights from the start. It’s been about six minutes since things picked up a lot as the queue snakes in Bower’s magnificently designed library, where Mario’s archenemy brushes up on his racing knowledge.
On the walls hang strategy sheets, elaborate models of famous tracks, haunted pictures and even shelves with books with funny names like “Sibling rivalries and how to exploit them”. And from there we will be taken through a bob omb factory to witness a Mario Kart TV show that explains the rules of driving and much more.
Finally, around 3:30 p.m., it’s time to get on board yourself, and last but not least, it’s an impressive piece of engineering work that combines high-resolution projections, physical sets, motion-based karts, and AR-enabled goggles that Mario and his friends seamlessly blend into the Scene is projected as they race in and out of view – and it’s all tied to a mechanism that turns the ride into a full-fledged game.
Granted, its fairly pedestrian-friendly speed and claustrophobic sets are pretty much the opposite of the expansive adrenaline-pumping thrill I had in mind when the ride was announced, but there’s no denying that it was pulled off with remarkable style – and this one Rainbow Road sequence is absolute Stunner. And if you’re curious about the rest of the Super Nintendo World, Universal Parks News Today has one Abundance of additional material Presentation of its other attractions.
Of course, those who don’t make it to Osaka don’t need to feel too downcast. More Super Nintendo worlds, each with different driving options and layouts, are currently under development and will eventually open in Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore – although it is not yet known when these other parks will be completed.