Universal Cool Japan 2019: Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, Detective Conan & More

15.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Universal Cool Japan (UCJ) is set to return to Universal Studios Japan next year for what promises to be the biggest event to date featuring 6 internationally renowned series made into 8 attractions.

Over at the park’s Detective Conan World guests can look forward to 3 all-new attractions. They can get involved with a Conan-themed escape game packed with puzzles, a detective style “Mystery Challenge” that will have people walking around the park to solve cases, and a restaurant that combines food and mysteries. The guest satisfactory for Detective Conan World has ranked at 99% since last year so the area has been renovated to make it even better for this year’s UCJ.

The new Lupin the Third attractions include an XR Ride (a fast roller coaster ride where guests were special goggles) that follows an original story written by the series author Monkey Punch himself that will see Lupin speeding along a cliff edge. There will also be an entertainment restaurant.

 

 

This year marks the 5th run of UCJ which began in 2015, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world. This year sees Lupin the Third introduced for the first time. The other big names include Detective ConanAttack on TitanGodzillaNeon Genesis Evangelion and Sailor Moon.

 

Universal Cool Japan 2019 begins on January 18, 2018.

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  • Join Conan at Universal Studios Japan for “Detective Conan: The Escape”

    19.November.2017 | SPOT

    Universal Cool Japan 2018 will soon make it ways to Universal Studios Japan (USJ), falling on January 19, 2018 and running all the way to June 24th. The popular series Case Closed will be making its way to the event in the form of a brand new “Real Dasshutsu Game” titled Detective Conan: The Escape.

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    Universal Cool Japan is an internationally renowned event that brings together all of Japan’s “cool” culture to deliver it worldwide.

     

    The event “Detective Conan: The Escape ~Tsuioku Doukasen~” was held during Universal Cool Japan 2017 back in spring and proved to be immensely popular, reaching a record breaking satisfactory rating of 99%, the highest recorded rating in USJ history.

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    Join Conan and his companions in the next Case Closed “real dasshutsu game” (escape game) at Universal Cool Japan 2018. The live performances will be bigger, the puzzles will be more perplexing, and best of all – you get the chance to be part of an original story in the Case Closed universe.

     

    Don’t miss out on being part of this extraordinary experience offered only at USJ!

     

    ■Information

    Detective Conan: The Escape

    Location: Universal Studios Japan (2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana, Osaka)

    Running: January 19, 2018 to June 24, 2018

    Website: http://www.usj.co.jp/universal-cool-japan2018/conan/

    *Because this is a reservation-only premium event, you must purchase a separate event ticket in addition to a USJ entry pass.

    *Please arrive 15-45 minutes before the start of the show. You will not be permitted entry once the game has begun.

    *Please be aware that there will be some intense and extreme moments during the game.

     

    Ticket Information: 

    Tickets on sale from November 15, 2017. Tickets can only be purchased on the day. Recommended ticket vendors include the official Universal Studios Japan website, Yahoo! Tickets, Lawson Tickets (website), JTB (Package Tour), and official hotels. Tickets are priced from ¥2,980. For more details on where to buy tickets, types of tickets and price information, please visit the official US J website.

  • Minions Set to Bring a Yellow Christmas to Universal Studios Japan

    08.November.2018 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan have added a new daytime program titled Yellow Christmas to its upcoming winter event Universal Wonder Christmas.

     

    The main event of Yellow Christmas will see the cheeky minions come together for the Minion Hacha Mecha Christmas Party which anybody can have fun joining in with.

    This party promises to be bigger, better and crazier than last year’s hugely successful run. Expect to see Minions donning Christmas attire as well as appearances from Gru and Santa Claus. Yellow balloons will float across the event and many bubbles will be blown as everyone comes together for festive merry making. For the event finale Minion-yellow confetti will fly across the whole area.

     

    Christmas decorations will also line the Minion Park for the first time since its opening. You can expect to see the yellow mischief makers helping put up decorations and enjoying the Christmas of their lives. The decorations will give rise to a completely new kind of Christmas aesthetic from the usual red and green combination.

    Wave to Gru and the Minions as they come to greet guests for the Minion Christmas Greeting with Gru.

     

    Get involved in the festivity with the Minions at USJ!

  • The greatest “Cool Japan” in USJ history will include Final Fantasy, Sailor Moon and much more!

    16.September.2017 | SPOT

    Each year, Universal Studios Japan’s “Universal Cool Japan” sparks a universal craze – now Universal Studios Japan will be launching this event once again!

     

    This will be the fourth year of “Universal Cool Japan”. For this event, the most popular manga, anime, games and brands from all over the world are specially selected and packed into one venue. To turn up the hype for fans even more, 2018 will be the year of history’s best “Cool Japan” event!

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    “Universal Cool Japan” allows Japan to boast to the rest of the world about her cool entertainment brands. Each year, “Universal Cool Japan”  makes the most out of Japan’s creativity in order to deliver fans something they will only ever experience at the park! The overwhelming scale of this event and its high quality is something you can only experience here.

    “Case Closed” (Detective Conan) and “Monster Hunter” have already made an appearance at Cool Japan in the past. In response to their popularity, they will featured again in 2018, but this time with an upgrade! “Sailor Moon” and “Final Fantasy” are just two examples of the new members of the Cool Japan team – there’s so much that’s going to make this the best Cool Japan in history.

    Universal Cool Japan 2018 – The best lineup in history!
    【Part 1】19th January 2018 (Friday)~ 24th June 2018(Sunday)

     

    ① Final Fantasy

    Worldwide popularity fell into the hands of the Final Fantasy series for its cutting-edge graphics, unique outlook onto the world, and thrilling storyline. The series made the Guinness world record for the “most prolific role-playing game series”, representing Japan as a forerunner in role-playing games . The series will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

     

    ② Case Closed (Detective Conan)

    In the year 2017, manga artist Gosho Aoyama single handedly sold over 2 million copies of his manga worldwide. The movie that was released in spring this year sparkled as the top movie of the first half of 2017. Its popularity stretches to over 20 countries worldwide.

     

    ③ Monster Hunter

    Since the launch of the “Monster Hunter” series, the hunting action game has become popular all over the world, earning the reputation as a “monster phenomenon” and as a sensational game for adults. “Monster Hunter: World” is an upcoming game which will be launched at the beginning of 2018. Fans cannot contain their excitement as they wait.

    【Part 2】Limited edition event from spring 2018

    ④ Sailor Moon
    The monthly magazine “Nakayoshi” will feature the manga artist of Naoko Takeuchi as she commemorates the 25th anniversary of her manga Sailor Moon. As well as an animation series that has been a sensation in more than 40 countries, a manga series, musicals and numerous collaborations, the fame just keeps on coming!

    Further information on the atractions and opening days will be released on a later date. For now, all we can do is wait for more updates!

     

     

    ◼︎Information

    Universal Cool Japan 2018
    Event period:
    【Part 1】19th January 2018(Friday)~ 24th June 2018(Sunday)
    【Part 2】Limited period event from spring 2018

    © Naoko Takeuchi/PNP/Tokyo animation  © 2017 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.
    Original works/Gosho Aoyama “Case Closed”(Currently published in Shogakukan: Weekly Shonen Sunday)  ©CAPCOM CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  Calligraphy: Sisyu TM & © Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

     

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    Universal Studios Japan is set to spring into Easter starting on March 12 with the announcement of Universal Easter Celebration 2021. This year, which marks the 20th anniversary since USJ opened, will see the park’s cute and iconic characters once again lull guests into an unforgettable Easter dream at Universal Wonderland and Minion Park.

     

    Universal Easter Celebration

    USJ will see colourful pastel decorations cover the Universal Wonderland and Minion Park areas, and the characters too will be dressed in their seasonal Easter costumes. A special Easter rendition of the Wonderland Seasons Joy show will also take place to commemorate the park’s 20th anniversary with song and dance.

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    The park will also introduced a special egg hunt after Elmo and the Minions dropped some of their eggs. If you manage to find them all you get a limited-edition gold medal. USJ is also taking the Easter festivities online too with a special celebratory live stream called Let’s Cooking! Kawaii Easter Party

     

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  • Limited-Edition Emerald Blue Sailor Moon Eternal Wristwatch Released in Japan

    12.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Citizen Watch brand wicca released a new emerald green wristwatch to commemorate the release of the new anime film Sailor Moon Eternal. The item was released exclusively on PREMICO’s online shop in Japan on January 6, 2021, with a limited stock of just 3,000.

    Wicca x Sailor Moon Eternal Special Collab Watch | ¥29,800 (Before Tax)

    The watch features intricate nods to the film such as a crescent moon at the 12-o’-clock mark with a rhinestone, Pegasus and white wings on the bottom half, an emerald blue round face, the Crystal Carillon on the 6-o’-clock mark, and more.

    The mesh strap is pink and gold to complete the a beautiful and feminine appearance. And since only 3,000 have been made, each watch also has its own Edition Number engraved into it. The watches are packaged in special gold leaf box with a Swarovski® crystal on it.

     

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  • Super Nintendo World Releases Virtual Tour of Entire Theme Park Area

    07.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced last month that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.

     

    Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.

     

    With just one month left until the grand opening, USJ has launched a special website for Super Nintendo World which offers a virtual tour through each part of the new theme park area. Mario fanatics are sure to be delighted by the adornments from Bowser’s Castle to Pipes, Mushrooms, Question blocks, and more, as well as familiar faces like Goombas, Thwomps, Yoshi—the list goes on.

     

    Accessing the site will bring you to an overview of the map. As you scroll down the website takes you on a virtual journey to each of its iconic attractions, all of which are designed to make you feel like you’re really in the world of Super Mario.

  • Summon Magical Girl Vibes to Your Daily Life With the Sailor Moon Eternal x 3COINS Merch Collab

    06.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japan’s 300-yen store 3COINS collaborating with the upcoming anime film Sailor Moon Eternal, which will hit theatres in Japan on January 8, 2021, to release a collection of original merchandise which will drop at all 3COINS branches in Japan (including 3COINS+ plus, colle, 3COINS OOOPS!, 3COINS station, and ASOKO+3COINS) on January 16, 2021. The items will also be sold for a limited time at 3COINS sister brand store ASOKO Harajuku from January 16 to 29 as well as on the company’s official online shop PAL CLOSET on January 18.

    It’s a line-up of 3COINS exclusives including a warm blanket for the winter season, a makeup basket to add fun to your makeup routine, a mug and plate with the Sailors on it, and more. There are 35 pieces of merch in total, all of which can be incorporated into your daily routine.

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  • Sailor Moon Eternal Lingerie Collection to Release in Collaboration With GiRLS by PEACH JOHN

    05.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    GiRLS by PEACH JOHN has revealed that it’s releasing a lingerie set in collaboration with the upcoming anime film Sailor Moon Eternal.

    Peasy001 Sailor Moon Eternal ver. | ¥2,280 (Before Tax)


    Sailor Moon Eternal Eternal Bra Set | ¥6,980 (Before Tax)


    Sailor Moon Eternal Non Wired Bra Set | ¥3,980 (Before Tax)

    A Sailor Moon Eternal limited-edition print of GiRLS by PEACH JOHN’s popular Peasy001.

    Sailor Moon Eternal Makeup Panties | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)


    Sailor Moon Eternal Set Up | ¥3,980 (Before Tax)


    Sailor Moon Eternal Lingerie Set | ¥3,980 (Before Tax)

    The collection will drop online at GiRLS by PEACH JOHN, as well as PEACH JOHN stores in Shibuya, Shinjuku Sanchome, and Osaka on January 27, 2021. The collection will also roll out at overseas PEACH JOHN stores.

     

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  • Sailor Moon Launches Fans Into Space at KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA

    23.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO, Konica Minolta Planetarium “MANTEN” in Sunshine City, and Konica Minolta Planetarium “TENKU” in TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN® are set to collaborate with the upcoming anime film Sailor Moon Eternal starting on December 22, 2020.

     

    Each of the planetariums’ lobbies have been decorated into special Sailor Moon Eternal welcome zones, and fans can get their hands on a range of original and exclusive merchandise. At PLANETARIA TOKYO, their Cafe Planetaria is serving up a selection of Sailor Moon-themed food too.

     

    Guided by the Light of the Moon: A Welcoming Under the Starry Sky

    As part of the collaboration, PLANETARIA TOKYO, Planetaria “MANTEN,” and Planetaria “TENKU” have a special welcome reception ready for visitors inspired by the two-part Sailor Moon Eternal movie.

     

    New official artwork designed for the planetarium

    A special new and original illustration has been drawn for the collaboration which is displayed at each venue as well as featuring on some of the merchandise being sold.

     

    Welcome Zone

    The Welcome Zone is decked out in Sailor Moon Eternal decorations, a special photo booth, and more for fans to feel like they’re part of the anime film’s work.

     

    Locate Luna, Artemis, and Diana

    If you find Luna, Artemis, and Diana at any of the planetariums, there will be keywords associated with them. The first 5,000 people at each planetarium tell these to a staff member will receive a special limited-edition Sailor Moon Eternal postcard.

     

    Cafe Planetaria Collaboration Menu

    Galaxy Doughnuts – From Left: Super Sailor Jupiter / Super Sailor Mercury / Super Sailor Moon / Super Sailor Mars / Super Sailor Venus | ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    Cafe Planetaria at PLANETARIA TOKYO is selling doughnuts worthy of a cafe whose menu focuses on having customers enjoy “the taste of the night sky.” Each of the five galaxy doughnuts is inspired by the colours of the five main Sailors. There’s also a selection of drinks and other desserts too.

    Super Sailor Moon Lychee Milk | ¥800 (Before Tax)

    A lychee juice and milk combi topped with a crescent moon-shaped lemon. Pour in the accompanying pink grapefruit juice to enjoy a new taste and cute appearance.

    Tuxedo Mask’s Chocolate Latte | ¥800 (Before Tax)

    A truly striking beverage whose inspiration is sure to be instantly recognisable to Sailor Moon fans. It’s none other than Tuxedo Mask who gets himself a macadamia nut and chocolate latte.

    Super Sailor Moon Parfait | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    A sweet and tangy parfait with colours based on the Sailor uniform. It’s topped with amaou strawberry ice cream and pineapple jelly and adorned with a chocolate crescent moon and ribbon.

    Super Sailor Chibi Moon Sweets Box | ¥1,100 (Before Tax)

    An assortment of sweets treats like a raspberry and strawberry fruit sandwich, a berry-topped baked dessert, a heart-shaped macaron, and more.

    Otome Berry Tart  ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    A fruity tart topped with assorted berries and a macaron made to look like the Crisis Moon Compact.

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    Fans who order one of the non-alcoholic cocktails from the Planet Cocktail Series will receive one of three limited-edition coasters for free. There are also alcoholic cocktails but these don’t come with a coaster.

  • Sailor Moon Eternal Anime Film Gets Special Event at Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden

    22.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Sky Garden, ab observation deck on the 69th floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower, is holding a special event in collaboration with the upcoming two-part anime film Sailor Moon Eternal from December 22, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

    The event will commemorate the release of the first film, which is hitting Japanese theatres on January 8, 2021, with a range of exhibits, a VR experience called “VE DREAM FLIGHT” that puts visitors into scenes in the film, a line-up of original drinks inspired by the film, and more. And if you buy one of the special entry tickets you can get one of the original cards pictured above.

     

    VR DREAM FLIGHT: Sailor Moon Eternal in 360°

    See Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon transform and immerse yourself in scenes from Sailor Moon Eternal in a 360° virtual space.

     

    Running: December 22, 2020 – December 27, 2020 / Weekends & Holidays in January

    Time: 11:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30) / (from 10:00-18:00 on January 1, 2021 only)

    Ages: 7+

     

    Original Drinks

    Super Sailor Chibi Moon Drink | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    A strawberry latte inspired by Super Sailor Chibi Moon that’s topped with chocolate hearts and a chocolate ribbon.

    Pegasus Drink | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    A refreshing Calpis beverage made with ramune flavoured jelly and topped with a Pegasus chocolate.

     

    Exclusive Merch

    Acrylic Key Rings | ¥935 (Tax Included)

    Get your hands these limited-edition and exclusive acrylic key rings available at the Tower Shop to celebrate the release of Sailor Moon Eternal.

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  • Experience a Sailor Moon Themed Wedding With This Official Line-Up of Ceremonial Items

    17.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    An official collection of Sailor Moon themed wedding items is being released next year in Japan in collaboration with the manga’s author Naoko Takeuchi. Orders open on January 4, 2021.

    The line-up includes food, dessert, drinks, a wedding cake, welcome cards, decorative flowers, cookies, and a wedding certificate.

    The decorative flowers include an enormous crescent moon for the main sofa, three bunches for the main seats, 12 desk plants, and 4 bouquets.

    The cookies feature original designs with the wedding certificate also having original design sheets.

  • Sailor Moon Eternal Clothing Collection to be Released in Collaboration With jouetie

    15.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / MOVIE

    Japanese fashion brand jouetie is teaming up with the upcoming anime film Sailor Moon Eternal to release an original clothing collection. The items are currently available for pre-sale online at RUNWAY channel and ZOZOTOWN and will be released at all jouetie stores in Japan on January 8, 2021.

    Sailor Moon Eternal x jouetie Scene Hoodie | ¥9,000 (Before Tax)

    A street-style hoodie featuring a scene taken from the anime film itself. The back features an embroidered logo. It’s a comfortable size so can be worn as a one piece or paired with tight pants.

    Sailor Moon Eternal x jouetie Long T-Shirt | ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    A long black T-shirt which features Super Sailor Moon, Super Sailor Chibi Moon, and Luna marks on the chest. It’s a street-style T-shirt bearing an old English logo, serving both cute and strong feminine. A great pairing with short pants or a skirt with high boots.

    Sailor Moon Eternal x jouetie Blouse | ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    A blouse covered in guardian makes which are sure to be instantly-recognisable amongst Sailor Moon fans. Its loose silhouette means it looks great with denim bottoms like short pants.

  • Luxurious Sailor Moon Eternal Purses Made With Traditional Nishijin-Ori Woven Silk

    09.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / MOVIE

    Imperial Enterprise has just released two gorgeous new purses to promote the release of the two-part anime film Sailor Moon Eternal, the first part of which will hit theatres in Japan on January 8, 2021.

     

    The purses are made with a traditional Japanese textile known as Nishijin-ori which is produced in the Nishijin district of Kyoto. There are two designs to pick from: Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon, both of which were released on PREMICO’s online shop in Japan on Monday (December 7).

    Both purses are skilfully and beautifully handwoven by textile artisans and are sure to delight all magical girls out there.

     

    Super Sailor Moon

    The design is inspired by a night sky with twinkling stars in the back. Dotted around the face of the purse are crescent moons and white wings arranged in a traditional karakusamon grass motif design with gold thread. The purse button is based on the Crisis Moon Compact and is bejewelled with a sparkly pink rhinestone.

     

    Super Sailor Chibi Moon

    The design features Pegasus, the Silver Crystal, moons, and white wings arranged in a traditional karakusamon design. The purse button is based on the Crystal Carillon and comes with a charm bejewelled with a pink quartzite.

    The purses have a handy 19 different pockets including a coin compartment and 12 card slots. The inside of the purses also have moon and wing motifs to keep with the Sailor Moon aesthetic.

    Each purse comes in a specially-made box made with beautiful gold leaf. The purses are a celebration of both Sailor Moon and Japanese artistry and are a must-have for fans of the series.

     

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  • Sailor Moon Eternal Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Elsewhere in Japan

    07.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    To promote the release of Sailor Moon Eternal, Japanese company LEGS is opening up six limited-time cafes themed on the film in five cities across Japan, beginning with Tokyo and Nagoya on December 24, 2020.

     

    Sailor Moon Eternal is an upcoming two-part anime film set to release in 2021, with the first part dropping on January 8 and the second on February 11. The cafes, which are inspired by the films, were designed in collaboration with popular art director WATARU LINDA IGARASHI.

    “Eternal Memories” is the name of the concept for the cafes which will transport customers into a magical and elegant world.

     

    The Menu

    The cafe menu features an enchanting line-up of food, desserts, and drinks based on characters and references in the films.

     

    Food & Dessert

    Usagi’s Moon Floating Yogurt Bowl | Ami’s Aqua Sparkling Parfait | Rei’s Vivid Salmon Chirashi Sushi – ¥1,399 Each

    Luna’s Black Sesame Paste Doughnut – ¥899 | Moon Crisis Milk Crepe!! – ¥1,599

     

    Drinks


    Usagi’s Eternal Soda | Ami’s Eternal Soda | Rei’s Eternal Soda | Makoto’s Eternal Soda | Minako’s Eternal Soda – ¥899 Each

    Chibiusa’s Eternal Soda Jelly | Hotaru’s Eternal Soda Jelly – ¥999 Each

     

    Original Merchandise


    Merch line-up

    The cafes will also sell their own original and exclusive merchandise to get fans excited for Sailor Moon Eternal.

     

    Bonus Items

    Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 per person before tax) will receive one of six possible face mask faces, and for every drink ordered, one of 11 original paper coasters.

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP / Sailor Moon Eternal Production Committee

  • Super Nintendo World Theme Park Area to Open at Universal Studios Japan in February 2021

    01.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.

     

    Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.

    While the grand opening is still a couple of months away, USJ is teasing fans by unveiling a portion of the park’s Mario Kart-themed ride which takes place inside of a reconstructed Bowser’s Castle.

     

    Bowser’s Castle

    Bowser’s Castle stands as one of the main symbols of Super Nintendo World. It’s a faithful recreation with towering stone walls, thick and heavy steel doors, pointed iron fencing, and more, not to mention the enormous stone Bowser statue that adorns the middle of the winding staircase ready to greet guests. There are plenty of thrills and chills to look forward to inside the castle of the King Koopa himself.

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge will open as the world’s first theme park ride centred on the popular video game series Mario Kart.

    Thomas Garrity (Universal Creative, Executive Producer) | Comment

    “Deep inside Bowser’s Castle lies Mario Kart: Bowser’s Castle, a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Universal Studio’s Creative Team to recreate the world of the hugely popular Mario Kart series which has sold over 150 million copies. Guests will put on their headsets and experience limitless excitement and thrills as they speed around courses.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge is an XR ride that lets people feel like they are inside the world of Mario Kart while in the real world. The ride will feature all the details fans of the video game series are familiar with as they drift and spin around exciting courses alongside the game’s characters while collecting items from boxes to use on their opponents.

    The attraction makes use of AR and projection mapping technology to make the game as immersive as possible. Fans are sure to love driving through their favourite courses and scenes recreated using leading-edge technology. The attraction is six years in the making and the results of efforts between Nintendo’s Creative Team, USJ, and the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto himself.

     

    Endless fun for fans of Mario

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as a themed cafe, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.

     

    Guests will be able to purchase the Power Up Band, a wristband that works together with a smartphone app that allows you to collect virtual coins by punching Questions Blocks like Mario which are scattered around the park. Scores can be seen on the leaderboard so you can see how you stack up against other players.

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