Last night’s official trailer for Super Nintendo World had us giddy. Universal Studios Japan is clearly thrilled too and the park’s official social media accounts are sharing segments from the groundbreaking ceremony that took place within the last 24 hours.

The video’s first thirty seconds has Mario “running” through a level – jumping “over” Goombas and hitting a brick block only for coins to appear. Mario is “traveling” to Universal Studios Japan so he can introduce some very important people so the ceremony can begin!

J.L. Bonnier, CFO Universal Parks & Resorts at NBCUniversal, Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative), and Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario expert extraordinaire and onboard as a Nintendo’s representative, walk out on stage with Mario hats and gloves on. Portions of their speeches are included in the video with English or Japanese subtitles.

Some of the information discussed promises a “complete, immersive experience” when visiting Super Nintendo World, making you feel like you’re walking through an actual video game. Mario Kart is becoming a reality beyond that appearance three years ago at SXSW Festival, too. Referred to as the “Mario Kart Experience”, this attraction is being hyped as something fans have been wanting for years and will be an attraction unlike any other.

Instead of ceremonial shovels and scooping dirt we got something even more fitting for Super Nintendo World. Mario, Mr. Miyamoto, Mr. Bonnier and Mr. Woodbury jumped to “hit” a coin block. While a Super Star didn’t appear or a plethora of Coins, the iconic music played and paper coin confetti and fireworks were shot off!

We’ll bring more news on Super Nintendo World as construction continues, leading up to its opening ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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