Long Rumored DK Expansion Coming to Super Nintendo World
Nintendo’s been on a hot streak moving their IPs from the world of video games into other mediums. With Nintendo announcing the all too surprising voice cast for the Super Mario Movie, it seems their work with Universal isn’t complete just yet.
Aside from casting Chris Pratt as Mario, they’re working with Universal to bring the world of Nintendo characters to life, starting with Super Mario. Already opened in Japan, Super Nintendo World is its own section of the Universal Studios theme park. The area of the park is home to handfuls of Mario-themed attractions, from the Toad Café to a Mario Kart AR Ride where players will race against Bowser and participate in a true-to-life Mario Kart race. Aside from that, there’s a relaxing ride with Yoshi, and the park is filled with Mario-themed puzzles to do if players purchase the Park’s Superband.
There’s still more Nintendo is working on to bring the world of Mario and friends to life, and their next stop is the jungle and the world of Donkey Kong.
Nintendo Announces Donkey Kong Expansion
Announced yesterday, Nintendo revealed that they’re moving forward with the Donkey Kong expansion for Super Nintendo World. Aiming to up the size of Super Nintendo World by 70%, Super Donkey Kong World aims to immerse players in lush jungles, including all manner of activities to “Monkey Around” in.
However, this announcement comes from Universal Studios Japan. Super Nintendo World has yet to make its way to America. With the Japanese edition of the park launching in 2020 and then only opening this year due to the impact of COVID-19, construction on Super Nintendo World Orlando has been halted, and only started up again recently. The park is scheduled to open sometime in 2025, though whether or not it’s going to include the Donkey Kong expansion remains to be seen.
The expansion is going to be based on the Donkey Kong Country games, specifically Tropical Freeze and Donkey Kong Country Returns. The new expansion also aims to include interactive activities similar to the ones found in the Mario section of the park. It’s more than likely that the SuperBand is going to have functionality in the Donkey Kong part of the park. The expansion is also set to include a proper roller coaster, as the Mario portion of the park only has the Mario Kart Experience, as well as the Yoshi Ride.
With the rumors about the park coming out before Super Nintendo World’s completion, it was said that the Donkey Kong roller coaster was going to be based on the minecart levels from the games, though it has yet to be confirmed. But, if the rumors are to be believed, there’s a good chance they’re going to include this specific piece of the Donkey Kong Country titles, and some some credibility to the theory lies within the patents filed by the company. Inside the patents is a roller coaster that features a minecart hovering above a track. If the patent means anything, there’s going to be a pretty interesting ride in store for visitors of the park.
Miyamoto also appeared to make some comments about the announcement in the press release provided by Nintendo. “I am very happy to be able to make the world of Donkey Kong a reality following the world of Mario. I am looking forward to creating a thrilling Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is completed, but it will be a unique area for not only people who are familiar with Donkey Kong games but for all guests.”
With all this in mind, it’s likely that the new expansion for the park is going to be a blast, and players are going to have a lot of fun with it. However, it’s going to take some time to come out, and with the announcement of Super Nintendo World coming four years before the launch of the park, it’s no surprise that players are going to have to wait a little longer for more excitement from Universal Studios Japan.