Donkey Kong expansion confirmed for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan


Well, it looks like Super Nintendo World is finally getting this Donkey Kong expansion. But again, who hasn’t seen this coming?

Aren’t these 2 deadly enemies?

Nintendo officially announces its brand new Donkey Kong expansion for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan. Unfortunately, the newly enlarged area has a 2024 release date. So, we won’t be seeing this expansion for Donkey Kong for some time.

I’m very happy to be able to make the world of Donkey Kong a reality by following the world of Mario. I can’t wait to create an exciting Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is finished, but it will be a unique space not only for those familiar with the Donkey Kong games, but for all the guests.

Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director, Nintendo Member

And as stated before, this expansion is only for Universal Studios Japan. Because you know, Super Nintendo World currently only has one location there. Universal Studios Hollywood currently has a Super Nintendo World under construction, but one that still does not have a release date at the time of this writing. We’ll just have to wait for news from Nintendo on this later.

Super Nintendo World: a Donkey Kong mini-world?

Super Nintendo World map with the projected expansion of Donkey Kong highlighted in yellow.
Well, that’s a pretty big expansion.

So what exactly will this Donkey Kong expansion for Super Nintendo World be, you might ask? Well, apparently the whole expansion will be a huge, lush jungle that wouldn’t look out of place in a Donkey Kong game. In fact, the expansion will actually increase the total area of ​​the theme park by “approximately 70%”. No matter how you look at it, Super Nintendo World is about to get a whole lot bigger.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is creating a whole new level of theme park entertainment and has quickly become an exciting and must-see experience for our customers. We’re excited to continue working with Nintendo as we realize our vision of bringing their characters and stories to life. Our new Donkey Kong themed area will bring even more excitement and fun to the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD experience.

JL Bonnier, President and CEO, Universal Studios Japan

Along with the jungle theme, the Donkey Kong expansion will also feature a true ‘roller coaster’ ride, ‘interactive experiences’ and ‘themed goods and foods’. Wanna bet we’ll see some Donkey Kong plush toys? And banana dishes. I mean, come on. You can’t have a DK theme park without bananas.

Conclusion

Nintendo officially confirms an expansion of Donkey Kong to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan. The new expansion will feature a roller coaster ride, interactive themed experiences, as well as themed merchandise and food; all set in a lush jungle that wouldn’t look out of place in a Donkey Kong game. We will have to wait until 2024 before we see what it looks like. Considering the current fleet of Super Nintendo World, this will likely be quite spectacular.

Source: Nintendo, Universal Studios Japan


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