Donkey Kong Country Theme Park Details at Super Nintendo World Announced

Donkey Kong Country Theme Park

Universal Studios Japan has unveiled exciting details about the upcoming Donkey Kong Country area, slated to debut at the Osaka version of Super Nintendo World in spring 2024. This Nintendo-themed haven first graced USJ in March 2021, and the Donkey Kong expansion was recently unveiled at a press conference attended by IGN Japan.

The centerpiece of this new section is the thrilling Donkey Kong’s Crazy Cart rollercoaster, which takes riders on a wild journey through a towering temple nestled in the heart of the jungle. Drawing inspiration from Donkey Kong Country Returns, participants embark on a mission to safeguard the coveted Golden Banana from the mischievous Tiki Tak Tribe.

As the rollercoaster adventure concludes, visitors find themselves face-to-face with the formidable Tiki Tong, the ultimate boss from Donkey Kong Country Returns. Beyond this exhilarating ride, the Donkey Kong Country area boasts a myriad of activities developed in collaboration with the legendary Donkey Kong creator, Shigeru Miyamoto.

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One such activity allows visitors to collect the iconic K O N G letters, akin to the ones players gather in the video games to earn extra lives. To partake in this adventure, visitors will need a Power-Up Band, and a new set based on Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong will join the existing lineup at Super Nintendo World. By linking the Power-Up Band to the official USJ mobile app, enthusiasts can track their collection progress.

Leading up to the grand opening in spring, USJ will tantalize fans with a new selection of Donkey Kong-themed merchandise available for purchase starting December 6. Among the highlights are DK Barrels transformed into containers of delectable confectioneries, doubling as charming piggy banks. Additionally, Banana Coin motifs grace a package of coin-shaped chocolates.

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This expansion not only promises a surge of excitement but also enlarges the total area of Super Nintendo World at USJ by 1.7 times. Donkey Kong’s Crazy Cart stands as the area’s inaugural rollercoaster-type ride, following the widely acclaimed Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge AR ride and the family-friendly Yoshi’s Adventure ride.

Super Nintendo World has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 9/10 from IGN. The park is lauded for brilliantly reinventing and gamifying the theme park experience, providing unparalleled immersion and, most importantly, sheer fun. As a fitting tribute to Super Mario on its 35th anniversary, Super Nintendo World at USJ is poised to fill hearts with unbridled joy.

Originally posted 2023-12-06 07:22:40.