While it didn't specify a date, Universal Studios Japan has confirmed that the highly anticipated Super Nintendo World will finally open in spring 2021. That's perfect timing as Japan is expected to reopen to international tourists sometime around spring next year as well. This new attraction will feature rides, activities and restaurants based on Nintendo’s most famous characters, including Mario, Princess Peach and Yoshi.
But if you can’t wait that long for some real-life Nintendo fun, make a visit to the Osaka theme park this week, because the world’s first Mario Café and Store has recently opened on Friday October 16 in USJ’s Hollywood Area.
The café’s interior features plenty of Mario and Luigi memorabilia, plus iconic elements of the game such as bricks, question mark blocks, pipes and piranha plants. Even the colourful tables are designed to look like Toads, the Mario games’ adorable mushroom-like characters.
Pick up one of these Mario and Luigi inspired pancake sandwiches, either with a strawberry shortcake, or grape and cheesecake filling.
There’s also a variety of drinks available, including these cutesy cream sodas, based on Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach.
At the neighbouring shop, you can get your hands on Nintendo-themed USJ-exclusive merchandise, including T-shirts, cushions, pouches and more.