Image: Universal Studio Japan

In 1988 Hobby World Magazine wrote that ‘a boy between 8 and 15 without a Nintendo is like a boy without a baseball glove.’

For the next 10 years, Super Mario, the overall-wearing mustachioed plumber – created by legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who also master-minded Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda – became the unofficial emblem of childhood and was frequently found to be more recognisable to children than Disney’s Mickey Mouse.

Image: Universal Studio Japan

Now, the world’s largest video game company, which was initially founded in 1889 in Kyoto to sell playing cards, is opening the first-ever Super Nintendo Theme Park in Osaka.

From zooming through the Mushroom Kingdom to racing Princess Peach to the finish line, it is a homage to nearly 40-years of classic, animated design and a unique opportunity to physically immerse yourself in one of the only art forms that exist purely in a digital space.

Super Nintendo World is due to be open at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on 4 February 2021.

Image: Universal Studio Japan
Image: Universal Studio Japan

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