After a year of pandemic life, many people needed an escape. On Thursday, thousands in Japan found one in the fantasyland of the Mario Bros. A theme park, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan is finally open for business.

To celebrate there was a ceremony featuring Nintendo’s very own Shigeru Miyamoto. Alongside him was USJ president and CEO, J.L. Bonnier.

Nintendo has shared a number of images on its official Japanese website and below you can see the opening ceremony, Miyamoto walking through the Wrap Pipe, and the general public exploring the part. 

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A theme park, Super Nintendo World, opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, ending months of delays and testing the proposition that people will want to gather in large numbers while the coronavirus is circulating to race in a Mario Kart or punch question mark blocks.

Considering the threat of Coronavirus, the authorities said they were taking steps to prevent the spread of infections. The park’s capacity is limited to 10,000 people. Guests have their temperature taken upon entering, and they must wear a mask, wash their hands frequently and maintain a distance from others.

The opening is the latest sign that the world is beginning to come out from behind the pandemic’s closed doors, either as vaccinations increase and the virus is being subdued, or as people are tired of forgoing the usual pleasures of life.

The immersive new land features two attractions—Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge and Yoshi’s Adventure. Super Nintendo World cost about half a billion dollars to construct and more than six years to develop.

Entering through a giant warp pipe, visitors to “Super Nintendo World”, a realworld version of games creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s Mushroom Kingdom, are met with chomping piranha plants, punchable coin blocks and a flag-topped Mount Beanpole.

Now, Mario fans can make their way through the familiar green warp pipe at the park’s entrance and emerge into a realm of snapping Fire Piranha Plants and hopping mushrooms, as the 8-bit anthem of the Super Mario Bros. theme song ploinks in the background.

You can find out even more over on the dedicated park webpage. Would you be interested in visiting Super Nintendo World yourself one day? Leave a comment down below.