Latest News On SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Japan – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

16.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo.

 

What is “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD”?

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 themed restaurants, merchandise shops, and more.

Power Up Band

Guests at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be able to feel like they are in a Mario video game with the Power Up Band, a purchasable wristband which works in connection with the USJ app for smartphones., which enables them to collect digital coins and compete with their friends for the highest score on the scoreboards.

 

Hit question blocks to collect coins

Just like Mario does in his quest to save Princess Peach from Bowser, guests can collect coins by hitting Question Blocks with their Power Up Bands. They will feel like they are competing in a video game, in real time, with the other guests in the park. The Power Up Band has numerous features, including the ability to obtain collectable items like Mario character stamps by completing various conditions listed on the app.

 

Battle bosses with friends

Additionally, guests can collect ‘Keys’ in a new attraction called ‘Key Challenges’ with which they can unlock various gameplay opportunities including ‘Boss Battles.’ They will be able to battle bosses together with their friends.

 

Charli XCX & Galantis drop music video to promote the park’s grand opening

To promote the opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, USJ dropped a music video entitled WE ARE BORN TO PLAY on their official YouTube channel on Tuesday in collaboration with Swedish electronic DJ duo Galantis and English singer-songwriter Charli XCX. The music video merges the real world with the world of Mario, with Charli hanging out with Toad on top of Peach’s castle and people stomping on digital Goombas. The song features original music mixed together iconic leitmotifs from the Mario games.


We look forward when SUPER NINTENDO WORLD finally opens and will most definitely cover it once it does.

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    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) reopened on June 19, 2020 after temporary closure as a result of COVID-19. The park is now running with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, including practicing the 2m social distancing rule, making it mandatory to wear face masks, and so on. The park has posted a full video demonstration of the rules on their official website.

    That means summertime is set to shine on USJ once again this year. The new ‘Universal Summer Parade: We are One’ event will begin on July 23 as the first parade held by the park since its reopening. Guests will be able to enjoy a fun and exciting summer at USJ with all the necessary precautions in place to ensure their safety.

    Many familiar faces will gather at USJ to celebrate summer with guests, including the Minions, Elmo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and more. Each of them will board colourful floats for the parade during the parade, which will open with the fittingly-titled “Opening Float” followed by a flurry of unique floats like the flashy “Latin Float,” cute European-inspired “Europe Float,” the mysterious “Indian Float,” and the finale “America Float,” amongst many others. There will be music to entertain guests for laughs, smiles, and fun energy while characters and entertainers ride the floats and serve summertime vibes.

     

    The peak moment of the parade will be when confetti rains down on guests in huge quantities. Flags can also be bought for the parade for the first time in this year. Performers and the park characters will be able to entertain guests at a distance while still connecting with them through the fun performances. A special “social distance” performance created in cooperation with the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education will also be part of the parade. This year’s parade plans to have guests dancing and smiling even more than previous years to lift some of that stress away and give them the fight and energy to continue into tomorrow.

     

    Universal Summer Parade: We Are One

    Put your hands into the air as the sun beats down and the floats arrive to a lively rhythm. ‘We are One’ is the catchphrase, so get your boogie on and explode with excitement together with the entertainers and park characters for a heated summer parade!

     

    Running: July 23, 2020 – August 27, 2020

    Location: Parade Route

    Time: One per day from 11:00am (approx 40 mins) 

    Buy yourself a parade flag for ¥500 and wave it around to the beat of the festival!

     

    Cool yourself off with some summer merch

    Get your hands on some merch for cooling off, including the must-have summer “Handy Fan,” a “UV Poncho” which keeps you cool in the heat of the sun, a classic “Sensu” folding fan, and more.

     

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    Additionally, the parade will also not stop in any of the usual designated places and will instead keep on moving, meaning the parade can be enjoyed from anywhere along the parade route. Guests will be able to keep plenty of distance from others as they watch the parade.

     

    The park also released a statement on its ‘enhanced sanitation in park operations’ on its official website so you can find out more about what USJ is doing to tackle the COVID-19 spread.

     

    If you’re in Osaka this year, you can still enjoy summer at Universal Studios Japan with all the necessary precautions in place.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s ‘Ninja Re Bang Bang’ Remixed by Steve Aoki For Nintendo Switch’s Ninjala

    25.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s hit song Ninja Re Bang Bang was remixed by twice Grammy Award-nominated DJ Steve Aoki. Titled Ninja Re Bang Bang Steve Aoki Remix, the song was released worldwide today across digital and streaming music services.

    The song was released in the US from Steve Aoki’s label Dim Mak as well as the prominent label Smash the House which plays host to the Belgian dance music festival Tomorrowland. That makes Kyary for the first Japanese female artists to have a release from both of these international labels.

    Steve Aoki’s remix of Ninja Re Bang Bang was released as part of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s collaboration with the new video game Ninjala which was released worldwide on Nintendo Switch™️ yesterday (June 24).

     

    Steve commented: “I’ve always been a huge, huge fan of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and her producer Yasutaka Nakata, so getting to work on this remix made me so happy. It really is an honour. It’s a really great song, so working on it was a lot of fun for me.”

     

    “Ninjala” Commercial (feat. Ninja Re Bang Bang Remix)

    As well as a commercial, a special Ninjala x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu mashup video was released to promote the game. The video below sees the Ninjala characters doing the famous Ninja Re Bang Bang choreography. Steve Aoki also makes an appearance.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu x Ninjala – “Ninja Re Bang Bang Steve Aoki Remix” Mashup Video

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  • The Deluxe Edition of Spike Chunsoft’s fighting game Jump Force published by Bandai Namco Entertainment is set to hit Nintendo Switch on August 27, 2020.

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  • Steve Aoki Remixes Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Hit Song ‘Ninja Re Bang Bang’

    19.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Famous DJ Steve Aoki has remixed Kary Pamyu Pamyu’s hit song Ninja Re Bang Bang. The remix will be released worldwide simultaneously on June 25, 2020 (JST).

    The new remix was created in collaboration with the heavily anticipated Nintendo Switch™ game Ninjala – the multiplayer action game where bubble gum is your primary weapon. The news of the remix was unveiled when Kyary Pamyu Pamyu took part in a guest stream to promote the game.

    As the entire world is eagerly awaiting for the game to drop, the news of a collaboration with world-famous names Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Steve Aoki has taken things to a whole new level. DJ Steve Aoki is a self-proclaimed fan of Kyary’s producer Yasutaka Nakata and a keen gamer with his own e-sports team and deep knowledge and love for the gaming world. This is clearly the ultimate tag team.

     

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    I’m so pleased to announce that world-famous DJ Steve Aoki has remixed my song Ninja Re Bang Bang, which was released seven years ago! Although many live concerts held overseas and even in Japan have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, I’m so happy that I can still deliver music and happiness to fans through Ninjala. The remix will feature on Ninjala’s commercials and cartoon anime so please look forward to it!

     

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    D-Tier Prize: Glow-in-the-Dark Boo Soap Dispenser Set (15cm)


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    E-Tier Prize: Clear Pouches (3 Designs) (12cm-18cm)


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  • Hot Wheels Mario Kart Skids Into Action This June

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Feature in First Nintendo Switch Ninjala Live Stream

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    Ninjala is an upcoming multiplayer action game set to release worldwide on the Nintendo Switch™ on June 24, 2020. The first ever live stream of the game is set to broadcast on the official Ninjala YouTube channel on June 18, 2020.

     

    In the world of Ninjala, players blow bubble gum to craft different weapons and fight using the fighting style of ninjutsu. Players can also transform into nearby objects, and they must use parkour to traverse different landscapes while aiming to take down their opponents.

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  • Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Trailer Reveals August Release on PS4 & Switch

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    A trailer was released for the upcoming video game Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions which is set for release worldwide on PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™ on August 28, 2020.

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    Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions – Street Date Announcement Trailer | PS4

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  • Ninjala Dev Diary #4 Details Second Open Beta Test, In-Game Purchases & More

    21.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The next Developer Diary for the upcoming multiplayer action game Nintendo Switch™ title Ninjala was released on YouTube and the game’s official website on May 20, 2020. Game designer and writer Kazuki Morishita and director Motoki Kaneda come together once more to give us the latest scoop for the upcoming game.

    In the world of Ninjala, players blow bubble gum to craft different weapons and fight using the fighting style of ninjutsu. Players can also transform into nearby objects, and they must use parkour to traverse different landscapes while aiming to take down their opponents.

    In the new Developer Diary #4 released by GungHo Online Entertainment, Morishita and Kaneda talk about the in-game currency known as “Jala” which players can purchase via the Nintendo eShop and use to pick up various items from the in-game store. Players can also purchase the “Ninjala Pass,” a season pass which enables players to get their hands on costumes, accessories, emotes, and stickers for their characters for even greater customisation.

    A special gum in Ninjala called “Ninja Gum” can be obtained from the Gumball Machine in the in-game shop which allows players to change the appearance of their weapons. The devs stress however that this has no effect in making weapons any more or less better, and this extends to all purchasable content. The game is free-to-play and requires skill to take down your opponent.

    Players can also power up their characters by using “Shinobi Cards,” each of which have three additional skills called “Assist Codes” which can power up your character even more.

    Be sure to check out the full video for a more detailed breakdown by the devs.

     

    The second open-beta will take place on May 30 and May 31. Check the times and dates below.

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  • Deadly Premonition 2 Nintendo Switch Release Date Confirmed in New Trailer

    02.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

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    A new mystery set in a town

     

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    Concept art of two characters has been released. We have the return of the beloved and legendary FBI agent York as well as the a new face on the block: Patricia, the daughter of the police sheriff. More character concept art is set to roll out in the run up to release.

     

    Feel part of the town in a new explorable open world


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    The original Deadly Premonition made it into the Guinness World Records

    The first game was listed as the “Most Critically Polarizing Survival Horror Game” in the Guinness World Records due to how much the reviews ranged between critics. Its wild and wacky world charmed one end of the spectrum while confused the other.

     

    Deadly Premonition 2 will launch on Nintendo Switch on July 10, 2020. In promotion of its release, the original title, Deadly Premonition Origins, is 50% off until May 17, 2020.

     

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