Mario Question Blocks Appear in New York to Win a Trip to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD

22.February.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. A whopping 60 billion yen has been injected to make the park a reality.

 

In promotion of the park, the “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE” was held in New York, US on February 19.

Fans dashed to Grand Central Terminalーa tourist hot spotーwhere the event was held to play a game involving the iconic Question Blocks from the Mario video game franchise. The set-up, which brought to mind a Bonus Stage from the game, had people hitting the question blocks just like Marioーsomething which we all must have imagined doing before.

1,000 people participated in the event which they signed up to prior. It was a day of fun for not only players but onlookers too. Grand prize winners won trips to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, which is set to open before the Tokyo Olympic Games start, while all other participants got their hands on some exclusive SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merch early.

 

One participant said: “I love everything about Mario, so I knew I’d definitely be taking part today! I’ve loved Mario since I was a kid, I even had a plush toy of him. Mario really is exciting. I’ve always wanted to be Mario, so I’m really happy with how today turned out. I want to go to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD with my best friend and try out all the attractions. I’m sure it’s gonna be a lot of fun!” (Male, 20 / Staten Island, New York) *Translated from Japanese

One of the grand prize winners said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Nintendo’s games since I was 3-years-old. I was lucky to get to take part in the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE today, but to go and win the grand prize is an amazing feeling! I’ll be going to Japan with my girlfriend who I love so much! I’m always paying attention to news about SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. The Mario Kart attraction will definitely be a ride, I’m looking forward to it so much I just can’t wait! I always thought it would be great if they made a Mario theme park, so the fact they’re doing it in both Japan and even the US is amazing!” (Male, 20 / The Bronx, US) *Translated from Japanese

The Question Blocks also made an appearance in Times Square. The event was covered on the morning news in the US with fans visible at the event, Rockefeller Plaza, and elsewhere.

 

If you’re a Mario and Nintendo fan planning a trip to Japan then be sure you get to experience SUPER NINTENDO WORLD when it opens this year.

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    15.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The LEGO Group and Nintendo are teaming up to release a new line of Super Mario themed LEGO in the second half of 2020.

    The LEGO Super Mario collection lets you build your own Mario courses from LEGO bricks. It comes with an interactive LEGO Mario figure you can use while collecting coins. Now you can built levels like in Super Mario Maker in your very own home.

    LEGO Super Mario brings LEGO to a whole new level, allowing you to create your own original courses using the many different blocks provided while incorporating your own coin-collecting system. Check out the collection’s official trailer below.

    More details are to be announced, but expect LEGO Super Mario to drop sometime in the second half of 2020.

  • Kirby Café HAKATA to Open Permanently in Fukuoka’s Canal City Hakata

    21.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    The second permanent Kirby Café, themed entirely on Nintendo’s popular video game series Kirby’s Dream Land, is set to open in Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka on March 12, 2020.

    Kirby Café HAKATA has its own story that the cafe is based around. One day, Kirby motioned Whispy Woods to help him collect the tools needed to open another Kirby café. Together with Whispy Woodsーwho appears in the cafeーKirby will serve hospitality to his customers.



    The food menu includes the same stone oven baked pizzas serve at Kirby Café TOKYO.

    Kirby Café Stone Oven Baked Dessert Pizza ~Whispy’s Caramelised Apples~: ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Kirby Café Stone Oven Baked Dessert Pizza ~Waddle Dee’s Freshly-Picked Chocolate Bananas~: ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    As well as standard savoury pizzas, the café includes a selection of dessert pizzas made with fresh fruit. The flavours of the dessert pizzas here are exclusive to the Hakata branch of Kirby Café.

    Kirby’s Home: ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    Kirby’s High-Spirit Helping Parfait: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    There are lots of cute food dishes and desserts to enjoy at Kirby Café. Kirby’s Dream Land home has also been turned into a dessert, and there’s also a cute parfait which Kirby himself helped make.

    Kirby Café Hakata Exclusive T-Shirt – Kirby & Home: ¥3,400 (Before Tax)

    Fans can also pick up a selection of new and exclusive Kirby merchandise, and an original Kirby Café soundtrack created by HAL Laboratory will play in the café.

     

    Priorities are given to those who book a table in advance, which can be done on the café’s official website starting on February 25, 2020.

     

    Get sucked into the world of Kirby and inhale your food like he does at the all-new Kirby Café HAKATA.

  • Universal Studios Japan’s New Promotional Video Sees NMB48 Members Enjoying Their Youth

    31.January.2020 | SPOT

    Last autumn, Universal Studios Japan released a video showcasing youngsters in enjoying their youth in the park, and it blew up on Japanese social media. The park released a new version of the video online on January, and it will hit television in the Kansai area on February 1.

    The video’s theme is “Youth is a moment; youth is infinite.” We see five NMB48 membersーCocona Umeyama, Rei Jōnishi, Suzu Yamada, Ayaka Yamamoto, and Haasa Minamiーenjoying themselves in their private time at USJ. They play the part of five friends about to graduate from high school, and like them, the lighthearted nature of the video makes you want to make some memories at the park with your friends too.

    The video is saying to all young people that they hope they can make special memories at USJ, deepen their bonds with their friends, and continue their friendships after graduating.

    We get to see the five NMB48 members enjoying the park to the fullest, wearing park merchandise like their cute headbands and pouches, riding the attractions with smiles on the face, snapping photos, and eating food. The song that plays during the video is LILLY by Osaka-born three-piece rock band Hump Back.

    USJ is set to hold numerous campaigns for students entering the park, beginning in February, including student discounts.

  • Universal Cool Japan 2020 Finally Begins: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World & More

    23.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    This year’s Universal Cool Japan finally opened at Universal Studios Japan on Tuesday, where it is set to run until June 28, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world. Four internationally beloved franchises take the spotlight for 2020: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World, Detective Conan, and Lupin III.

     

    A host of lucky guests were able to experience the attractions before anyone else. Today, we hear their review and comments of the all-new rides, attractions, live shows and restaurants centred around the four big contenders which serve to fully immerse fans in their incredible worlds.

     

    Attack on Titan’s first XR ride

    The Attack on Titan manga series has celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. For this year’s Universal Cool Japan, the internationally-acclaimed series welcomes its first ever XR ride, as well as its own “Survey Corps Diner.”

    Guests wear VR goggles that transport them into a 360° rendering of the world of Attack on Titan, with life-size Titans appearing before their very eyes. Guests ride a roller coaster and fly alongside the Survey Corps. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to soar up high with ODM maneuver gear, now’s your chance. The Attack on Titan XR Ride offers a thrill like no otherーone so tense you’ll be left wondering whether you will survive.

     

    ■Guest Comment

    “It was so much fun! The visuals are breathtaking and connect superbly to the ride’s movements. I was completely immersed in the visuals; it really felt like I was riding a wagon. Eren and the Survey Corps members were so cool, and even the horses looked realistic. It was amazing!” (Woman, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese

    The themed restaurant, “Attack on Titan Survey Corps Diner,” is so realistic to a quality you wouldn’t believe, with the Survey Corps members’ weapons and personal belongings left casually around the place. Guests can feel immersed as they listen to the conversations between the characters will chowing down on their meal, take a photo with life-sized versions of Levi and Hange, and more.

     

    Detective Conan World’s two new attractions with Shuichi Akai have fans screaming

    At Detective Conan World, fans can expect to see the appearance of the hugely popular character Shuichi Akai who is set to star in the upcoming animated film Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (releasing April 17, 2020). Four rides and attractions can be enjoyed at Detective Conan World, including the manga series’ first-ever story-packed roller coaster named Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride.

    Guests can also look forward to joining Conan solve cases in Detective Conan: The Escape ~The Scarlet Bullet~, an escape game featuring an original story and a live performance by a real cast. Participants will make use of AR technology and solve the cases within the time limit to escape. Expect appearances from familiar faces too like Rachel Moore, Richard Moore, and others.

    In Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride, you’ll be placed in the passenger seat with Akai on the wheel who will use some extreme driving techniques to shake off the criminal. Look forward to plenty of thrills in this immersive experience.

     

    ■Guest Comment

    “Not only do you solve cases, there’s also a gaming aspect to the challenges which require the use of the AR terminal. It’s also a team game where you work with others, so I enjoyed it with everyone else. A lot of characters make an appearance too, it was so cool.” (Female, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese

    There’s also the Detective Conan Mystery Challenge in which guests take a hands-on approach to solve various incidents around the theme park. Harley Hartwell, Kazuha Toyama, and Tomoya’s love rival Momiji Ooka are also present in this game with in the form of a real-life cast.

    Fans can also tuck into some mystery-themed food at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant which combines food and live entertainment. Fans reacted overwhelmingly to the appearance of Masumi Seraーthe sister of Akai. There’s also appearances from Amuro Tooru and Serena Sebastian too.

     

    Lupin the Third: The Live

     

    Witness a live cast playing the roles of the popular Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Fujiko Mine, and Koichi Zenigataーthe latter of which is trying to chase down Lupin. It features live entertainment by real cast members who will perform right before guests. The reaction to this live show has been overwhelming as guests feel like they are running through Delancey Street in New York with Lupin in this interactive story.

     

    ■Guest Comment

    “I was amazed to have been able to see such an amazing show right in front of me. Lupin and the gang came from above, below, left, and right. There were too many good moments. I didn’t have enough eyes! <laughs>” (Female, 20/Hyogo Prefecture)

    Last year’s Lupin III restaurant, Ristorante Amore, has received an upgrade for 2020. Experience being served by Lupin himself, with his gentle approach and know-how when it comes to getting with the ladies, and Goemon Ishikawa XIII, who is aloof and has terrible romance skills. They are serving up authentic Italian cuisine.

    Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK

    The Monster Hunter video game franchise is loved the world over, and is appearing once more at Universal Cool Japan after two years. Use interactive VR technology and go hunting in the world of Iceborne, the hit expansion to Monster Hunter World, in an experience so immersive you’ll forget about the real world.

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan to Offer Student Discounts in February and March

    22.January.2020 | SPOT

    Osaka-based theme park Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced special discounts on its “Universal Annual Pass” tickets for students which will be available from February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020. All university students, graduate students, junior college students, vocational college students, high school students, and junior high school students can get their hands on the discount by simply showing their student ID when purchasing the pass.

     

    The pass enables the guests to enjoy the host of exciting seasonal events and attractions throughout 2020 at USJ. The park will also offer exclusive campaigns for students during the graduation and spring break seasons.

     

    Don’t miss this chance to experience USJ’s world-class entertainment at a discounted price. Reap all the benefits of student life!

  • 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.

  • PLAYFUL KIRBY: Laforet Harajuku’s Newest Pop-Up Shop Offers Exclusives For Fans of Nintendo’s Popular Character

    17.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / FEATURES

    Fans of Kirby who are in Japan for the holiday season will be delighted to hear that the Kirby-themed pop-up shop “PLAYFUL KIRBY” finally opened at Laforet Harajuku today and will run until Boxing Day.

     

    When playing Super Smash Bros. there’s no other character I’ll pick but Kirby. If you love Kirby as much as I do, then you’ll be waiting no time at all to head to PLAYFUL KIRBY like I did after hearing that they’re selling a whole range of original and exclusive merchandise the likes of which Nintendo players have never seen before.

    The store itself is located on the second floor of Laforet Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo. You’ll spot it instantly with the Kirby-pink text wrapped around the walls of the entrance.

    Kirby’s pink colour fills the entire shop floor. Upon entering you’ll spot all the different items on offer, including fashion items, as well as various photo spots featuring Kirby’s cute face.

    There’s even a tiny Kirby door so that he can get into the shop! Be sure to find it if you visit.

     

    The original version of this pop-up shop first appeared two years ago, and enjoyed visits not only from game fans, both kids and adults who had never heard of Kirby before, or who had heard of him but never played the games. The fashion line-up was a result of fan demand to enjoy Kirby in a variety of different ways. A visit to PLAYFUL KIRBY is like being inhaled into his Dream Land.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is centred on two collaborations. This includes a teaming-up with popular illustrator Shogo Sekine. When this pop-up shop was conceived, Shogo Sekine was at the top of the list for collaborations with the staff in charge. The staff agreed that mixing the worlds of Kirby and Sekine together would give rise to some seriously wonderful results. After much internal discussion and talks with Sekine, a whole line of merchandise was created.

    The items feature Sekine’s stylised typography, symbols, shapes and so on. Their subtle design means they can be used as both everyday items and nerdy fan items. They’re stylish while retaining the cute aspects of Kirby.

     

    The following items are the number one most recommended pieces of merchandise to pick up as chosen by the PLAYFUL KIRBY staff.

    Tote Bags Ver. 2 PINK STRIPE – ¥2,800

    These tote bags feature gradations of Kirby pinks. This design is also featured on a t-shirt you can pick up too. They’re both made with high quality fabrics.

    Sacoche Pouches (2 Designs) – ¥2,300 Each

    The “Copy” written on the sacoche pouches refers to Kirby’s ability to copy his opponents’ abilities and appearance. This design is also included on a variety of other merchandise pieces like a smartphone case and more.

    Blanket – ¥3,800

    At first glance, this blanket just looks like a stylish blanket with a floral print, but if you look closely you’ll spot Kirby blended in with the design. A perfect choice for the coming winter season.

    Plush Toy – ¥2,300

    Kirby had intended to put on his stylish t-shirt ready to go out, but he ended up looking just adorable.

    The store’s second collaboration is with Converse Stars, also showcasing an assortment of cute and fun items.

    Cap – ¥5,800 / Long T-Shirt (Medium/Large) – ¥7,800 Each

    Show off your love of Kirby with some simple but stylish unisex Kirby attire.

    Hand Towel – ¥1,200

    Another must-get item is this hand towel which keeps the roundness of Kirby’s head. Use at home or take it out with you!

    Stickers (3 Designs) – ¥500 Each

    Get your hands on these Laforet Harajuku-exclusive stickers with designs so cute you’ll want to collect them all!

     

    I spoke with the person in charge of the pop-up shop about the future of Kirby outside of the video game, and they told me that they plan to have more pop-up shops like this and open the opportunity for people to enjoy Kirby in a range of different ways while playing his games. For someone like me, who likes Kirby more than anything, I can’t wait to enjoy even more Kirby in the future.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is open until December 26, 2019, so if you’re in Tokyo until then, make sure to pop on over to Laforet Harajuku.

     

     

    ▶︎Win Limited Edition Stickers

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is holding a competition on our official Instagram, Twitter and Weibo pages for a chance to win limited edition stickers from PLAYFUL KIRBY.

    How to Apply: Follow us on social media and share/retweet our post about the competition for a chance to win 1 special sticker from PLAYFUL KIRBY. (Designs are chosen randomly.)

    These are limited edition stickers exclusive to PLAYFUL KIRBY, so don’t miss your chance to get one!

     

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  • Kirby Pop-Up Shop ‘PLAYFUL KIRBY’ to Open in Laforet Harajuku in Tokyo

    08.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / SPOT

    LEGS is opening a Kirby-themed pop-up shop named ‘PLAYFUL KIRBY’ for a limited time in Laforet Harajuku, a landmark of Tokyo’s fashion hub Harajuku.

    The shop has invited popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine on board, who is known for its distinct typography work which mixes fashion with messages written in English, to create an original line of Kirby apparel and miscellaneous fashion items.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is also teaming up with Converse. Kirby has inhaled a few too many Converse Stars and has turned into a truly fashionable pink blob. The line-up is unisex so can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. It will include items also available to purchase at Converse Stars branches as well as Laforet Harajuku exclusives.

     

    Witness Nintendo’s Dream Land hero in an all-new light as he becomes a fashion icon at Laforet Harajuku this month from December 16 to 26.

     

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  • Shibuya PARCOーWhere You Can Enjoy Everything: Anime, Games, Food, Fashion & More

    04.December.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Shibuya PARCO finally opened its doors on November 22. The shopping complex is already receiving overwhelming love and attention as Shibuya’s newest tourist spot as it strives to offer itself as “a unique, next-generation facility” for the world.

     

    Boasting a gargantuan 193 shops, spanning fashion, food, art and more, Shibuya PARCO is a place where you can enjoy just about anything. MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON has compiled a list of our own recommended places from there for you, the readers, if you ever visit Shibuya.

     

    Mirai Sake/KUBOTA SAKE BAR (Floor B1F)

    Sake is a big part of Japanese culture, and is enjoyed by people worldwide. Mirai Sake/KUBOTA SAKE BAR are serving the ultimate sake experience, where you can select the drinks that best suit  your palate. The bar will serve original drinks, rare sake from ¥500 a cup, as well as food pairings from ¥400.

    There will also be 12 original cocktails judged by YUMMY SAKE. If you’ve found you’re not too good with sake, then you’re sure to find one you like when pulling up a stool here.

     

    Mirai Sake Official Website: https://miraisake.com/

     

     

    ONITSUKA (Floor 3F)

    Japanese fashion brand Onitsuka Tiger has announced a new luxury line entitled THE ONITSUKA. They have created a hybrid design combining formal shoes with sneakers that goes with a variety of styles, from suits to casual.

    The shoes are made from high quality leather from the brand Kobegyu Leather. The heal of the souls are equipped with αGEL Foam to offer comfort and shock resistance for dynamic movement. This line will also be available to purchase at a concept store opening in New York in March 2020.

     

    Onitsuka Tiger Official Website:  www.onitsukatiger.com

     

    AKIRA ART OF WALL (Floors 4F & B1F)

    The new PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO and GALLERY X housed inside Shibuya PARCO both aim to promote art and culture to the people of Tokyo. Decorating them as the opening exhibition is the “AKIRA ART OF WALL Katsuhiro Otomo × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION.” This art wall is in fact a relocation of the AKIRA art wall that had existed at the infrastructure building site in Shibuya for almost two years. Parts of it had been damaged over time, and so has resurfaced at the new museum.

    You can also get your hands on a range of merchandise, from classic manga prints to posters, clothing made in collaboration with apparel brands, and more. This is a limited-time exhibition, so if you’re in Tokyo this December, don’t miss out.

     

    ©MASH・ROOM/KODANSHA ©Kosuke Kawamura ©︎AKIRA ART OF WALL EXHIBITION

     

    AKIRA ART OF WALL Otomo Katsuhiro × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION

    Locations/Times

    PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO (Shibuya PARCO 4F): November 22, 2019 – December 16, 2019 @ 10:00-21:00

    GALLERY X (Shibuya PARCO B1F) November 22, 2019 – December 18, 2019 @ 10:00-21:00

    *Exhibitions at both sites will end at 18:00 on their final dates. Last entries to PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO are 30-minutes before closing times.

    Entry Price: General ¥1,000 / High School Students and Below ¥800 / Preschoolers – Free

    Exhibition Website: https://art.parco.jp/

     

     

    Nintendo TOKYO/6F

    At Nintendo TOKYO, the first long-awaited official Nintendo shop, fans can look forward to purchasing games, consoles, character merchandise, and more. There is also an area where you can play games, and events are scheduled to be held at the store.

    The store stocks lots of exclusive goods you won’t find anywhere else. If you love games, and you love Nintendo, then this place is a must-visit if in Tokyo.

     

    Nintendo TOKYO Official Website: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/officialstore/index.html

     

     

    Pokémon Center Shibuya (Floor 6F)

    Pokémon fans won’t be able to resist stepping into the Pokémon Center, where they can pick up countless Pokémon merch. Upon entry they’ll walk past a 2-meter tall Mewtwo.

    From plush toys to bags, kitchenware, stationary, Shibuya-exclusives and moreーstock up on all the Pokémon gear you could ever want. There’s even some items made in collaboration with Nintendo TOKYO which is just next door!

     

    Pokémon Center Official Website: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/gp/pokecen/

     

     

    いかがでしたか?いろいろなジャンルのお店が大集結している渋谷PARCOにぜひ足を運んでみてくださいね。

  • Universal Cool Japan 2020: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World, Detective Conan & Lupin III

    13.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    It has been announced that Universal Cool Japan 2020 will take place from January 21 to June 28 next year. This year marks the 6th run of UCJ which began in 2015, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world, and enjoys immense popularity every year.

    Universal Cool Japan 2020 will see four big titles in Japanese entertainment come together. Expect all-new attractions for all-new experiences.

    *The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne x USJ attractions will be announced at a later date

    Attack on Titan XR Ride

    The Attack on Titan manga series has celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. For the first time ever, the series is getting its own XR Ride in which guests will don VR goggles that will transport them into a 360° rendering of the world of Attack on Titan, with life-size Titans appearing before their very eyes. Guests will ride a roller coaster and fly alongside the Survey Corps. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to soar up high with ODM maneuver gear, now’s your chance.

     

    Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020

     

    Detective Conan World

    Join Conan in the all-improved and revamped Detective Conan World and help him solve cases in Detective Conan: The Escape; ride the new story-filled roller coaster Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride which features full voice acting and an immersive plot; run around the park and solve various incidents hands-on with Detective Conan Mystery Challenge; and dine at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant.

     

    Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020

    *Full details on the restaurant will be announced at a later date

     

    Lupin the Third: The Live

    Lupin the Third made its first appearance at UCJ 2019 and was very well-received. This live show features street live entertainment by real cast members who will perform right before guests. Join Lupin and the characters in the exciting world of the franchise.

     

    Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020

     

    Monster Hunter World: Iceborne x Universal Studios Japan

    The Monster Hunter video game franchise is loved the world over, and is appearing once more at Universal Cool Japan after two years. Use interactive VR technology and go hunting in the world of Iceborne, the hit expansion to Monster Hunter World which has shipped 2.8 million copies worldwide.

     

    Running: Spring 2020 (subject to change)

     

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  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Unveils 5 Sports in the Game

    27.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    As excitement is on the rise worldwide in anticipation for the Tokyo 2020 Games, the world just cannot wait for the release of the iconic Nintendo Switch™ game Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which is due to be released very soon. Sega has just unveiled a small snippet of information on five events that are going to be included in the game which we are sharing with you today.

    Tokyo 2020 100m

    Aim for nothing but first place in the Tokyo 2020 100m. Increase your speed with the rapid push of a button. By building up your speed before the race starts and releasing it at the correct moment, you will get off to a dashing start. The “special dash” is a way to rapidly cut down on your time. 

    Tokyo 2020 Rugby Sevens

    This game will plunge you straight into the action. Work with your team of seven and use a range of tactics such as passes, strong tackles and kicks to get the upper hand. Carry the ball to the goalline to watch those points roll in. When your special gauge reaches its max power, you will be able to use a “super dash” ability to get the ball to the goalline if on the offense. If on defence, your special ability is the “special tackle”, which will provide you with the power to whip the ball away from your opponent. These special abilities have the power to drastically turn the tables and are not to be taken lightly. This game features guest character Diddy Kong!

    Tokyo 2020 Canoeing

    Get your heart pumping with the thrill of competition while staying synchronised with your partner in a canoeing race. If your timing is perfect, you will pick up speed straight away. Team up with your friend and dive right into the fun. If you are falling behind, don’t let your heart sink in despair. Paddle as much as you can and you will be able to catch up with the others in no time!

    Toyko 2020 Equestrian Jumping

    Let no hurdle taint your gracefulness as you soar through the sky and clear each one. You can take part in Equestrian Jumping individually or as part of a team. Be careful of sharp turns and hurdles! When you increase your speed, your stamina will drop, however, you will recover lost stamina with every hurdle you successfully clear. If you manage to clear lots of hurdles in succession, you will gain enormous amounts of speed and will be on your way to a record-breaking winner. You can also use a special dash once in this game. If you manage to use it while successfully striking a difficult pose, you will continue to zoom off to the finish line at high speed. This game features Larry Koopa as a special guest!

    Tokyo 2020 Table Tennis

    Face off in a singles match or team up with your friend for a doubles match. Your avatar will move automatically, allowing you to fully dedicate your brain power to using a range of techniques. Build up your power to change the speed and spin of the ball.Zazz has infiltrated this game to take part as a guest character!

     

    Join in the Tokyo 2020 celebration fun with these new epic games!

     

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  • Tokyo Ghoul Creator Sui Ishida’s New Game JACK JEANNE: Cast Unveiled!

    12.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    Tokyo Ghoul’s creator Sui Ishida designed the characters, created the storyline, illustrations and scenarios for a brand new game to be published by the sensational Japanese media company Broccoli. The game, which has previously been announced to be called JACK JEANNE, revealed its cast at Tokyo Dome Show 2019. Check out the cast information and watch the latest trailer on the game’s official website.

     

     The latest trailer video reveals the main character, Tachibana, as she enters the Univale Opera School for males. The story follows her as she rises to the various challenges of four classes whilst concealing her identity as a female. Tachibana’s goal is to obtain the “Quartz” rank in each class, which will give her recognition for being the top performer in each class. Each of the cast members was personally selected by Ishida. You can catch the cast names and hear their voices by watching the latest trailer.  

     

    The Cast

    Sarafumi Takashina: Takayuki Kondo

    Kai Mutsumi: Jun Kasama

    Kokuto Neji: Daisuke Kishio

    Mitsuki Shirota: Gakuto Kajiwara

    Suzu Orimaki: Yuma Uchida

    Soshiro Yonaga: Gen Sato

     

    The game is planned to be released on Nintendo Switch in the year 2020.  Get ready for the best drama school youth story of the century!

     

    ©️Sui Ishida/BROCCOLI

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