You might actually get to ride Mario Kart in real life
Posted May 31
Updated June 8
Riding down Rainbow Road may be a real possibility in the near future.
As the Deseret News reported in December, Universal Orlando will soon add a Nintendo-themed section to its parks.
Nintendo announced on its blog at the time that this new park "will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They'll be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants. You'll feel as if you're playing inside your favorite games — in real life,” according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Nintendo filed a trademark for “Super Nintendo World” on May 24, which will likely be the aforementioned theme park.
One scan of the trademark application offers a glimpse of what could come to the park.
The application says it will offer “organization, management or arrangement of kart racing," as well as "organization, management or arrangement of motorcycle events and other events with vehicles.”
Yes, that’s right. Visitors to the park may actually get to play real-life Mario Kart.
Of course, don’t believe everything you read. According to pop culture website Uproxx, trademarks sometimes cover all the bases for the future, but don’t necessarily mean all the changes are coming.
“Of course, a light shake of salt is needed here as trademark applications are designed to be overly broad and cover everything lawyers can think of, and grand plans often do not come to fruition,” according to Uproxx. “But it seems a little real Mario Kart action is at least on the table.”
The Nintendo theme park will launch in Orlando, Hollywood and Osaka, according to GameSpot. No specific rides or events have been announced yet.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Nintendo intends to launch these parks to bring awareness to the company’s video game consoles, which have stalled in sales recently.