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Super Nintendo World Hollywood - Tour and Impressions

As Gamereactor's very own Mario and Luigi, David Caballero and Ben Lyons took the chance being in Los Angeles to pay Universal Studios Hollywood a visit, mostly with the intention of walking into the Super Nintendo World corner, which opened its doors earlier this year. However, their adventure almost failed as they pretty much got a harsh "sorry, but our princess is in another castle" welcome.

Audio transcription

"all right guys it's our last day in LA so we took the time to pay the Super Nintendo World a visit and we learned a bunch of things of how to deal with the whole you know crowded theme park also had some great time I think got our yes yes wristbands so we bought the tickets we arrived here this is the Universal Studios theme park in Hollywood and it's a rather big space where the Super Nintendo World is just a corner with what pretty much what we had seen from the Tokyo version of it we bought a ticket for hundred and something dollars for the day for the day as well not for like you know anything I was just for one day access and well it didn't really go to plan let's just say that so turns out right when you go to a theme park like the Universal Studios Hollywood which I know it's a big enough park but it's not like you know it's not massive right you know it's quite concise it's built in the middle of a city so that's probably says a lot it turns out some of the areas you can't get into if they're too busy so we didn't know that we bought our thing don't you think we could just wander you know waltz into Super Nintendo World or whatever Sunday it's a Sunday it's June it's chilly it's not summertime yet but it's a Sunday it's June and the Super Mario movie is having people going crazy so we expected it we expected it to be crowded just we thought we could make our way here like easier but we arrived and you could buy this early access which grants you access an hour before the park opens but they wasn't the case because we were working in the morning so we wanted we arrived like at 4 or something and we were expecting to you know line for a little bit we understand this is a corner inside of another space so we were expecting to wait for people to leave for us to get inside but we couldn't so we saw these signs red signs saying virtual line you have to do the virtual line we didn't know what what it was I mean nobody would really know what that was because a majority of theme parks around the world the areas that are like split up they're not closed off right you can walk into them whenever you want but yeah with Nintendo World it's closed off and when it's too busy they they close the park off and you have to have the virtual reservation thing to get in we didn't know that so yeah we're about to leave we were gonna we were just like gonna suck it off thinking we're never gonna get in we're never gonna get in so we're just gonna leave and then as we got halfway back it was like oh it's now open okay you have to sort of book where you want to be here but it has to be open on the app so you have to check again and again again and again to try and get an hour that fits you before you leave the park so we were like we're not gonna make it and we were going back all the stairs which is a long a long walk and then all of a sudden we checked another monitor and it's open now so you don't need to do the virtual line thing so if you come here I don't know in Tokyo Tokyo is probably more strict and better organized if we go if you come here perhaps try to do the early stuff perhaps don't come on a Sunday and perhaps understand that for some hours it can be closed and you have to be updating an app to try and get sort of a virtual ticket which is no cost of course it's just a matter of how crowded it is so then the experience itself it was good it's it's you know it's it's a it's a section of the theme park that is essentially built for younger audiences right it's not it's not like you know like a Jurassic World area or something like that or even the Hogwarts area Harry Potter world it's more you know it's it's designed for younger audiences the activities around here you can you might be able to hear some of the noise in the background it's all very sort of you know younger themes and you can see the kids what rocking about around here they're loving it and it's great you buy this for 40 ish additional dollars you can choose your custom wristband I chose Yoshi Ben chose toad and with it there are several activities around the park which it they're not rights actually they're like mini games like in a Mario Party game there are like mini games and tons of blocks that you can hear and then you collect coins and patches and stuff and and then you can face both well they're essentially NFTs when you think about it yes because you go around you do the little tiny activities and the app updates and it shows you and it gives you a badge and stuff like that and you know the people that are you know little younger kids and whatnot who are interested in want to just do some Mario stuff it's great it's great but you know older audiences some of the charm will probably wash off on you a little bit you know it'll probably go if you had a little bit and I'd say that's probably a little bit different for the actual ride itself the Mario Kart ride because well the ride itself is really thrilling it's really fun it's over in about four minutes like majority theme park rides are but fortunately the the waiting line there which was like almost two hours for us it's really well designed and it's you know it takes you through all these different Mario biomes and whatnot if you come here and miss the ride you're not missing the ride only you're missing fantastic environments Josie's Islands Bowser's Castle Bowser's laboratory which is something new to the canon or the lore you miss all that until you get to sit on the car and for adults as you as you mentioned I think the environments themselves are where really I the little details you're all the time like see that reading that book see that picture there so that that is fantastic and and then you get to the ride itself which as you say is short but it's interesting in in a Mario Kart way with the AR it's okay is you wear these glasses go on yeah you kind of put like a visor on well they give you like an adjustable visor then you get to the actual Mario Kart thing has four people in it and you snap on this AR visor on top of your actual sort of visor and yeah they kind of just lock you in and just send you and you have to do use the wheel to kind of like it's not really you don't really do much right it tells you when to turn so you turn gives you some coins when you turn correctly and you have to sort of hit the turn to grab the the question blocks yeah you grab the item blocks they give you shells there's not multiple different kinds of shells like it's just the green shells but the point is is that it kind of combines sort of yeah shooting elements right you aim and you have to take down the Bowser and his crew and you have to not shoot team Mario you do that then you lose coins and it's all about making it getting as many points as you can or many coins as you can by the end of the ride and and yeah you can sync it up with your band so that you can get badges and you can you got the high score you got the high score but you didn't sink it so I got to sink it so I didn't my score was gone would have been here like top of the high score like for for the whole summer would be Ben Lyons Game Reactor but but he didn't sink it I forgot to sink it well you know yeah yeah and then and then you collect if he had sink it together with all the activities that we mentioned the minigames etc then you can face Bowser jr. and then you can sort of see that the ranks see the map where there are activities is location based too and also for adults what I found that was really you know it's like a different ambient you get there and it's like we're gonna have dinner at the saddle ranch but I was like I could have dinner here it's completely booked but I mean the restaurant the all is based on the toads they are they are cooking you can see them through the windows and all the decoration is is absolutely fantastic even the dishes themselves so I would have loved to to have lunch or something but we're not spending full day we were lucky that we entered so yeah I mean it was definitely experience it's definitely something worth doing if you get a chance to do it but you know just understand that it's not as it's not as available as a lot of other attractions around the world another theme park things around the world so maybe that'll change in the future is as they know the hype from the Mario movie dies down a little bit but uh but right now yeah great thing that's worth checking out if you're in if you're in Los Angeles put some time into it maybe show up really early get the early access thing show up before the park really opens I'd say that but otherwise yeah definitely something worth checking out we are now going to the shop which is gonna be which is gonna make an already expensive experience because it was as we mentioned several prices there's Mario an already expensive experience it's gonna make it way more because the merchandise and and the clothes are fantastic so we're gonna buy it all so so yeah yeah I don't know how we're gonna fit it in our suitcases or not but doesn't matter that's us problem exactly so that's it I think it's it's it's almost close times closing time so so we gotta leave mushroom Kingdom it was enjoyable it was good even if a bit you know we didn't know if we're gonna make it so more emotion to the back so yeah yeah we'll see you in the next one guys"

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