Gaming

Check out Super Nintendo World’s long-awaited grand opening

Japan's Nintendo theme park has officially opened the gates of Mario's Mushroom Kingdom to the masses.

Mario fans rejoice: Super Nintendo World is here and at long last, it’s actually open to the public.

📷: Universal Studios Japan

This week, Universal Studios Japan celebrated the grand opening of the first official Mario theme park with the help of famed game designer and Nintendo director, Shigeru Miyamoto.

📷: Universal Studios Japan

The ceremony marks an end to several delays caused by COVID restrictions in Osaka, Japan, where the park is located, after the city declared a state of emergency. The opening also follows suit with American counterparts like Disney World which reopened to guests in July after a four-month closure.

📷: Universal Studios Japan

Nintendo released several new official images of the park, including...

Some interactive rooms.

📷: Universal Studios Japan

Concessions.

📷: Universal Studios Japan

Princess Peach’s castle.

📷: Universal Studios Japan

Mushroom Kingdom glory.

📷: Universal Studios Japan

Guests passing through Peach’s Castle.

📷: Universal Studios Japan

For now, Super Nintendo World will have a mask mandate for all park-goers in addition to reduced capacity. Guests will also have numbered tickets meant to help stagger their entry times and avoid congestion.

PHILIP FONG/AFP/Getty Images

Though the park just opened, there’s also evidence to suggest that an expansion is on the way — one that should delight the Donkey Kong super fans among us.

PHILIP FONG/AFP/Getty Images

Though still unconfirmed, assets uncovered inside the Super Nintendo World app, including “stickers” of both Donkey and Diddy Kong suggest Donkey Kong Country will come to the park in some capacity, potentially (if fan speculation is to be believed) in its own separate section adjacent to the Mushroom Kingdom.

📷: @KRoolKountry on Twitter

Donkey Kong expansion or not, Super Nintendo World is finally here, so (if travel and theme parks are things you’re willing to do right now) you better start saving for a ticket to Japan now, because AR Mario Kart ain’t gonna play itself.

PHILIP FONG/AFP/Getty Images