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Construction on Super Nintendo World has started, after Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka this week.

With plans to build an “expansive, immersive and interactive” area that “will be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants,” it is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

There was clear excitement that work has now begun, with Universal Parks and Resorts vice chairman Mark Woodbury even having a surprise announcement to share – that a Mario Kart experience has been a “key part” of their plans.

“A key part of Super Nintendo World will be the Mario Kart Experience,” Woodbury revealed. “And together, we have been working to make Mario Kart Experience an attraction unlike any the world has ever seen. The most immersive and cutting-edge technological attraction that we could possibly imagine. We know the fans and our guests are going to be thrilled to experience it.”

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.