Super Nin­ten­do Land, the Mario-themed expan­sion to Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, is shap­ing up to be one of the most inter­est­ing and tech-infused theme park attrac­tions to date.

The park, launch­ing ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as part of Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Japan in the city of Osa­ka, will fea­ture wear­able wrist bands called “Pow­er Up Bands” that will sync with a smart­phone app and track dig­i­tal activ­i­ties while you walk around, accord­ing to Tokyo-based Bloomberg reporter Kuru­mi Mori, who attend­ed a press event on Tues­day local time detail­ing new ele­ments of Super Nin­ten­do World.

Accord­ing to Mori, the bands will allow guests to col­lect dig­i­tal coins and com­pete against oth­er atten­dees of the park. Thier­ry Coup, the chief cre­ative offi­cer of Uni­ver­sal Cre­ative (the theme park design and R&D divi­sion of Uni­ver­sal Parks & Resorts), made the series of announce­ments at the park’s glob­al kick­off cel­e­bra­tion, where he called Super Nin­ten­do World “ a life-size, liv­ing video game.”

“A life-size, liv­ing video game” — Thier­ry Coup shows us the new app used to enjoy Super Nin­ten­do World with a wrist band, tout­ing an inter­ac­tive expe­ri­ence #Nin­ten­do

— Kuru­mi Mori (@rumireports) Jan­u­ary 14, 2020

The mobile app will fea­ture a game-style over­head map for find­ing attrac­tions, and you’ll be able to cre­ate a pro­file and unlock achieve­ments. It’s cur­rent­ly unclear why you’d col­lect these dig­i­tal coins beyond brag­ging rights, but you can imag­ine some form of prizes to win, like Mario mem­o­ra­bil­ia, or some oth­er Nin­ten­do-themed rewards. It could also be some form of inter­ac­tive com­po­nent to rides or games you can play in the park.

Accord­ing to Coup, Osa­ka will get the first Super Nin­ten­do Land, fol­lowed by the com­pan­ion Uni­ver­sal Parks sites in the US — in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia and Orlan­do, Flori­da — as well as in Sin­ga­pore. There’s no con­crete timetable for when the park will come state­side quite yet. We don’t know much else about the expan­sion, besides con­fir­ma­tion that there will indeed be a real-world Mario Kart ride, because how in the world could you open a Super Nin­ten­do World with­out one of those?

While we wait for more infor­ma­tion, savor this incred­i­ble CGI trail­er that’s kept us want­i­ng to know more about Super Nin­ten­do World for the last two and a half years.

Image: Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Japan

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