Super Nintendo World theme park: Mario, Yoshi rides, interactive wristbands, high scores

The new Super Nintendo World area of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, due to open in Spring 2020, will feature Super Mario Kart Ride and Yoshi's Adventures attractions, plus a special wristband that can interact with different parts of the three-level area as well as with a game console, according to Universal Parks & Resorts CEO Tom Williams.

Expected to enter its first phase of visitor access in Spring 2020, the Super Nintendo World area of Universal Studios Japan will feature two operational rides to begin with, one called Super Mario Kart Ride and the other named Yoshi's Adventures.

The project is the result of a 2014 deal between Universal and Japanese video game company Nintendo.

It's to contain "all the different key elements" from the popular "Super Mario" franchise over a three-level landscape, with Universal Parks & Resorts CEO Tom Williams namechecking traditional Mario rival Bowser and a castle belonging to Mario's friend Princess Peach, per a transcript provided by Seeking Alpha.

"Super Mario Kart" is a 27-years-young racing game sub-franchise and one of the best-selling video game series of all time, while Yoshi is Mario's green-skinned, up-beat dinosaur friend and the star of several "Yoshi" games, including "Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island" and "Yoshi's Crafted World."

As well as confirming the two rides, food outlets, and merchandise, there'll be magnetic Super Mario World wristbands for visitors to wear, Williams explained.

Using those wristbands, visitors "will be able to go up and keep score and play with the various games" around Super Nintendo World, he said, speaking at Merrill Lynch's 2019 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on September 11, 2019.

As well as a built-in score-keeping capability, the wristband can interface with a visitor's game console, should they so choose.

Williams did not name a specific console, though Nintendo and Universal are expected to prioritize the current Nintendo Switch.

Universal's Super Nintendo World concept will be taken "everywhere," Williams continued, a statement that includes existing theme parks in Hollywood and Orlando, USA, as well as the Sentosa island park in Singapore.

Future Universal parks are under construction in Beijing, China (for 2020), in Hwaseong, South Korea (2021), and in Moscow, Russia (2022); Williams only advised that he did not foresee the Beijing park to be involved in "round one" of Super Nintendo World plans due to "a tension between the Japanese products in China."

With Universal Japan's Super Nintendo World section to open in Spring 2020, between February and April, the site has several months to prepare for an increase in visitor numbers not only as a result of the summer season but also interest in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which run from July 24 to August 9.

Universal Parks & Resorts Japan previewed the Super Nintendo World area in a June 2017 CGI video.