You might finally get your chance to live out your childhood dream of battling Koopa Troopas, dodging spinning shells, and riding Yoshi IRL. That’s because documents leaked from a Comcast meeting discussing plans for a new Universal theme park show concept art for a Mario-centric Super Nintendo World.
The name of the park, if trademark applications and leaked slides are to be believed, will be Universal’s Fantastic Worlds. Super Nintendo World would be among the themed areas in the park, with Jurassic Park, classic monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.), and DreamWorks animation potentially inspiring some of the other worlds.
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said at a town hall in December that Comcast would invest heavily in its theme park business, that Disney would no longer get “a free ride” in Orlando.
Universal was already challenging Disney’s hegemony with the massively popular The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But, with Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening this fall, a new, massive project would be needed on the Universal side to keep up.
The first Super Nintendo World is currently under construction at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. Attractions inspired by Mario Kart, Bowser’s Castle, and Donkey Kong have also been rumored. The trailer for that park shows Mario entering through a green pipe, the way it’s rumored guests at the Orlando edition will also enter.
This kind of spoke-and-hub design, famously invented by Walt Disney itself, could allow Universal to seal off each world from each other, creating a sense of immersion for guests.
Fantastic Worlds is expected to open sometime in the early 2020s, just around the time Disney World celebrates its 50th anniversary.