Universal Studios Hollywood’s Super Nintendo World photo tour

Last October, I was lucky to have visit Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. As a lifelong Nintendo fan, this experience was amazing, giving me one of my most favorite amusement park experiences ever. Naturally, when the first Super Nintendo World in America opened at Universal Studios Hollywood, I had to make a trip to Los Angeles to see how the experience accumulated.

Universal Studios provided me with a day pass to the park for the purpose of experiencing Super Nintendo World. While the photos don’t represent how great the experience of visiting Super Nintendo World was, follow my experience in the gallery below.

I arrived at Universal Studios Hollywood mid-morning and immediately headed straight for Super Nintendo World. The park is in the back corner, with post-Jurassic World, The Mummy and Transformers themed attractions. To get there, you need to ride a series of long, steep escalators on the other side of the Simpsons. The Super Nintendo World part of the park feels out of place.

Luckily, unlike the Osaka version, you can actually see the Hollywood version of the park from above. While I will eventually get a close-up look at the various attractions on offer, seeing Super Nintendo World from this panoramic perspective successfully ignited my appetite for the tour. upcoming destruction.

Like the Japanese counterpart, you must make a reservation in advance. Once inside the Super Nintendo World park area, you will have the same picture in front of the Super Nintendo World sign. Of course, I had to slide behind the pipe and pose with the sign.

After taking the required photo, you can go through the giant vertical tube to reach Peach’s Castle. Both the pipe length and the lobby area of ​​Peach’s Castle are smaller than the versions at Universal Studios Japan, which somewhat sets the tone for the rest of my experience in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios. Hollywood.

When I left Peach’s Castle, I was struck with the same excitement as when I came to Japan. Everything works perfectly in sync: the iconic Mario soundtrack plays as soon as you exit and take in the panoramic views of the park. It was a magical experience, even a second one.

Each area of ​​Super Nintendo World has been meticulously crafted and designed in a way that makes you feel like you’ve really been transported to the Mushroom Kingdom. Beanpole Mountain is still a sight to behold, but my eyes continue to be drawn to Bowser’s Castle. There are also a lot of little details that you only notice after spending hours in the park. The animatronics are as high quality as I’ve seen in the park.

As you can see from the photos, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood is packed with people, both in terms of sights and people. This could be due to a number of factors – it just opened over a month ago, my visit was during spring break, and it’s the most popular attraction right now at Universal Studios Hollywood. However, it is undeniable that this version is much smaller than the one in Osaka.

Make no mistake about it: Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood remains an enchanting magical experience for lifelong Nintendo fans like me. But for those who have been to Universal Studios Japan, there will be some slightly impressive spots. First, the area is much flatter than the Japanese multi-level version, meaning there’s less scenery and not much dimension to a simple exploration experience. Additionally, Yoshi’s Adventures and the fun Underground-themed Bob-omb Kaboom Room minigame are absent, meaning the only game in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood is the excellent Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge (more on that later). In addition, Slot Machine and Note Block Rock activities are also missing, meaning there are less activities to participate in this version.

Another big downside is that the snack bar, which sells things like drinks and popcorn, is located outside the park, which means if you can’t make a reservation at the Toadstool Café (because I couldn’t reserve one due to overbooking). busy), you have to leave Super Nintendo World to get any food – and you can’t return unless you make a reservation. It’s easy to spend hours and hours in Super Nintendo World, especially with long queues, so this leaves me in the predicament of having to leave the area and not be able to return or just get stuck. hunger and thirst. While much of Super Nintendo World is very well thought out, I’m not a fan of that aspect.

If you’re up for the mini-games, the quick, fun activities starring Koopa Troopa, Goomba, Thwomp and Piranha Plant have all been ported to the Hollywood version of the park. At least three of these need to be done to gain access to the final boss fight with Bowser Jr. However, if you’re there while it’s busy, you’ll spend hours in line waiting for your keys. If you want to get into any of these mini-games, a character-themed Power-Up Band is required, which costs $40.

The star of Super Nintendo World is undoubtedly Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge. The line zigzags through the Yoshi’s Island-themed queuing area before finally taking you into Bowser’s Castle. This line is full of interesting details and great photos. After a short video explaining how the ride/game works, you’ll be led down to the basement of Bowser Castle, where the Mario Kart race takes place. You are given a Mario visor that will be used to hold the AR visor on the kart you are about to board.

The ride is exactly like the one in Osaka, just with a little more explanation of what to do thanks to an introductory video. Once you’re in the kart, you’ll be taken on an augmented reality ride with all your favorite Mario Kart racers. Your goal is to use the projectiles you pick up to kill as many enemies as possible while your kart takes you around a number of different biomes. It was an overwhelming feeling in every way and remains one of the most enjoyable rides I’ve ever been on.

After getting out of Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, I explored a little more, collecting coins and finding hidden easter eggs to add to my profile on the nifty Universal Studios Hollywood app, but Toadstool’s Café was fully booked before I arrived, I ended up having to leave the area to get some food. When I ate, Super Nintendo World was full for the rest of the day. Thankfully, I’ve accomplished most of what I wanted to do, but I’m a bit disappointed that I can’t get into Toadstool’s Café.

Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood may not be quite as great in every way as its counterpart at Universal Studios Japan, but it’s still a great experience and totally worth it. Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge is a great ride, and just the act of exploring the interactive Mushroom Kingdom is rewarding and memorable. If you ever get the chance to visit a place in Japan, that’s the version you should visit, but if Hollywood is the most convenient option for you, it’s still a great time.


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