It looks like Japan is definitely taking advantage of the attention they’re going to receive when they host the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. They announced that just ahead of the Olympics they’ll be opening up a Super Nintendo World in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
Nintendo Wire picked up the news from a tweet by Nintendo of America, where they revealed the new theme park with the hashtag: #SuperNintendoWorld.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 12, 2016
The new theme park attraction will be opened first Japan ahead of the theme parks that will open in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California at the Universal Studios attached to the Disney theme parks.
The announcement about the collaboration was made a short while ago, revealing that Nintendo’s trademark properties would appear in physical manifestations within Universal Studios and they plan on giving these attractions the full Nintendo treatment.
In this case, we know that the theme park in Japan will be centered around old and new franchises, which is great because it’s likely going to revive a lot of interest in the company’s portfolio of games spanning the last 30 or so years.
They have plans on opening up eateries, apparel shops and interactive attractions based on some of their most popular games. It’s pretty obvious Mario Kart will be brought to life as a go-kart area, and VR stations could be used for classics like Pilot Wings or Super Punchout.
Anything else is pretty much the sky is the limit. Heck, I could even imagine them making a laser tag arena based on Super Metroid. A test of strength game based on Donkey Kong? Why not.
We’ll likely hear more about the other two parks later into 2017, ahead of the 2020 opening.