Friday, 24 May 2024

A Magical Adventure at Super Nintendo World Hollywood

Last October, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. As a lifelong fan of Nintendo, I was blown away by the experience. So when Super Nintendo World opened at Universal Studios Hollywood in America, I knew I had to make the trip to see how it compared.

An Immersive Experience

Universal Studios Hollywood provided me with a day pass to experience Super Nintendo World, and I couldn’t wait to dive in. As I made my way through the park, passing attractions like Jurassic World and Transformers, I finally arrived at the back corner where Super Nintendo World awaits. It may be a bit out of the way, but the birds-eye view from above gave me a taste of what was to come.

Like Stepping into the Mushroom Kingdom

Just like its Japanese counterpart, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood transports you to the magical world of Nintendo. Every detail is meticulously crafted, from the iconic Mario music that greets you as you enter to the stunning Mount Beanpole and captivating Bowser’s Castle. The park is filled with small touches that you may only notice after spending hours exploring.

A Dream Come True for Nintendo Fans

Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood is a dream come true for lifelong Nintendo fans like myself. However, compared to the one in Japan, there are a few areas where it falls slightly short. The Hollywood version is flatter and smaller in scale, which means fewer vistas and less dimensionality in the exploration experience. Some activities, like Yoshi’s Adventure and the Underground-themed Bob-omb Kaboom Room minigame, are also missing. But fear not, the excellent Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge is still there, and it’s a must-try ride.

An AR Thrill Ride

Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge is undoubtedly the star of Super Nintendo World. The queueing area takes you through a vibrant Yoshi’s Island-themed space before leading you into Bowser’s Castle. The ride itself is an augmented-reality adventure where you get to race against your favorite Mario Kart characters. With the use of AR visors and shells, you’ll blast enemies and race through different biomes. It’s a truly exhilarating experience and one of the best rides I’ve ever been on.

Tips and Recommendations

If you’re interested in the minigames, be prepared to wait in line to collect the keys needed for the final boss battle against Bowser Jr. Power-Up Bands, which cost $40, are required to participate in these activities. Also, keep in mind that the snack stand is located outside of the park, so if you can’t get a reservation at Toadstool Café, you’ll have to leave Super Nintendo World to grab a bite.


Q: Is Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood worth visiting if I’ve been to the one in Japan?
A: While the Hollywood version may not match the grandeur of its Japanese counterpart, it’s still an incredible experience and definitely worth a visit. Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge alone is worth the trip.

Q: Are there any differences between the two versions of Super Nintendo World?
A: Yes, there are some differences. The Hollywood version is smaller and flatter, with fewer activities and a different layout. However, the essence of Super Nintendo World remains intact, and it’s still an enchanting place for Nintendo fans.


Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood may not have all the same bells and whistles as its Japanese counterpart, but it’s still a magical and unforgettable adventure. Exploring the Mushroom Kingdom, riding Mario Kart, and immersing yourself in the world of Nintendo is an experience that will leave a lasting impression. So whether you have the chance to visit the one in Japan or Hollywood, Super Nintendo World is a must-see for Nintendo enthusiasts everywhere. Visit Wqaindia to learn more and start planning your visit.