Nintendo fans will love Universal’s new Mario Kart ride with themed tracks

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Super Mario fans, you're going to want to add a trip to Los Angeles on the bucket list.

That's because Universal Studios Hollywood is getting a brand new Super Nintendo World land, complete with a Bowser's Castle and a Mario Kart themed ride.

Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge will be using some clever special effects including augmented reality (AR) and "projection mapping technology" to bring the beloved video game to life.

Riders will don AR goggles, enter four-seat Mario Kart vehicles and then race along a moving ride track with plenty of surprises and set pieces along the way.

The premise? You'll be joining Team Mario to take on Team Bowser on courses underwater and in the clouds as you compete for the Golden Cup, all while collecting those all-important coins.

Even arriving at the ride will be themed, as you'll be entering through one of the game's iconic Warp Pipes.

It won't be the only offering for Nintendo fans.

Super Nintendo World will be an immersive land, complete with interactive areas as well as themed restaurants and shops.

The new land and ride are currently expected to open in early 2023.

There's already a Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Japan. Here the Mario Kart ride is fairly similar sounding, and includes plenty of high-tech effects meaning you can throw shells and take out opponents to claim the cup.

It's not the only ride on offer – younger visitors can take on Yoshi's Adventure, where you climb atop Yoshi's back and follow Captain Toad on a treasure hunting adventure, looking for three eggs that lead the way to the mysterious Golden Egg.

One of the cool features of the land is that you can buy Power Up bands which allow you to interact with different aspects of the land, from statues and characters to collecting coins on a quest.

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