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In photos: inside the newly opened Super Nintendo World theme park

See previously unreleased details from the world’s first Mario theme park at Universal Studios Japan

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Youka Nagase
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The wait is over. After months of postponement, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan finally opened to the public on March 18 with tons of new and exciting attractions. The official opening ceremony featured Mario’s creator, game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and CEO of Universal Studios Japan JL Bonnier, along with special guests Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad. 

If, like us, you can’t wait to jump into the park’s Mario Kart ride or check out the souvenir store, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best social media pics from the park’s opening day. Take a look at the world-first attractions, plus some details that were never revealed before the park opened. Hint: you might notice some Nintendo characters from outside the Mario universe popping up around the place.

The park grounds

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Sure, we've seen plenty of still images of the park by now, but watching the Goombas walking, the Piranha Plants snapping and the coins spinning, just like they do in the Mario games is even better.

Bowser’s Castle

Yoshi’s Adventure

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Peach’s Castle

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Question mark blocks

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They're not just for show – strap on one of the park's special Power Up Bands (¥3,200) and you can collect coins by punching these blocks, just like Mario.

The park at night

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Themed food

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Best of all, these photos give us details we could never get before the park opened, like what kind of Mario-themed foods are on offer. That Yoshi yakisoba pan (bread filled with stir-fried noodles) and lassi combo is...unexpected.

Pikmin

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It's not only Mario and the gang in the spotlight here. Eagle-eyed Nintendo fans have found Pikmin, the adorable little plant creatures from the game series of the same name, growing in a corner of the park.


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