2024 Ultimate Guide to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood: Tips, Rides, and more!

Are you looking for the ultimate guide to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood?

I understand that all of the information online can be a bit overwhelming especially if it’s your first time.

That’s why I’m here to help!

In Mid-February of 2023, California welcomed the grand opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood. 

Mario fans were (and are) simply elated!

Brand new to Universal Studios Hollywood – comes interactive experiences, familiar faces walking around you throughout the day, tasty snacks, and an incredible new ride…

Ready to get started?

“Alright! Here we go!”

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World entrance

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Super Mario World at a Glance:

  • A typical one-day ticket can start around $109 per ticket
  • Home to tons of Mario and friends-themed fun, including the highly-anticipated “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” ride, the Toadstool Café, and other fun interactive activities and games
  • You are able to make reservations in the Virtual Queue through the Universal Studios Hollywood app when needed
  • Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge is THE main attraction!
  • Be sure to take a photo with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach

Keep reading to learn how to do Super Nintendo World like a pro!

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What is Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Super Nintendo World is the brand new “World” that has opened up at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Studios Hollywood Gate Entrance with Super Nintendo World Sign

It is home to tons of Mario and friends-themed fun, including the highly-anticipated “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” ride, the Toadstool Café, and other fun interactive activities and games! 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Ride Entrance

Don’t forget to check out the 1-UP Factory for fun merchandise before you leave.

Hipster Power Tip: Make sure you purchase a Power-Up Band for $40 to collect points throughout the land (*prices subject to change at anytime). Connect the Universal Studios Hollywood app to track your points. When purchasing your Power-Up Band, you can choose from your favorite characters and designs!

Where is Super Nintendo World located?

The brand-new Super Nintendo World is located at Universal Studios Hollywood, at 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World entrance

Once inside Universal, head just past Jurassic World, right around the Transformers ride, and you’ll find the entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood Nintendo Land.

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Super Nintendo World Hours at Universal Studios Hollywood

The Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood is currently open from 9:00 a.m. each day until 10:00 p.m. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World character mario walking around

This could always change as the park’s hours change.

 If you take a look at the schedule on Universal Studios Hollywood’s website, you’ll notice that on many days, the hours for Super Nintendo World opens at 8:00 a.m. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World

Read the next section for more information on why that is.

Ticket Costs for Universal Studios Hollywood

At Universal Studios Hollywood, a typical one-day ticket can start around $109 per ticket. A two-day general admission ticket will start at $159 per ticket. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Entrance to Mario Kart Bowser's Challenge.

If you select a Universal Express Pass, it will begin around $209.

For a limited time, Universal is offering a Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World “Early Access Ticket.” 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

Essentially, you can purchase a $20 add-on to your ticket price and receive early access to Super Nintendo World before the theme park is open to everyone else!

“That’s-a-so-nice!”

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How does the Virtual Queue work for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood?

So! How does the Virtual Queue affect your time at Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood? I’ve got your answers!

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Virtual Line Reservations

You are able to make reservations in the Virtual Queue through the Universal Studios Hollywood app.

One important guideline to note is that you must be on the property if you plan to make a reservation with the Virtual Queue. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mushroom

Additionally, the Universal Studios Hollywood website states:

“Reservations are limited in number and based on space availability throughout the day.”

In other parts of the park, you can use this Virtual Line feature to reserve rides such as the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World green tunnel entrance

However, specifically for Super Nintendo World, using the Virtual Queue feature is for the purpose of simply entering Super Nintendo World.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

It does not grant priority access to the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” ride.

For more information on how to access the Virtual Line click here.

Average Wait Times for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood: 

So far, because the world AND this ride are brand new, the wait times for Super Nintendo World’s only attraction: “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge,” can be several hours long. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

But hold on – Before you say “game over,” keep in mind that this is standard for new theme parks and new highly-anticipated rides. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

This is why I suggest that you head directly to the ride first thing when you arrive at Super Nintendo World. 

Afterward, you can spend your day interacting with the other fun spots throughout the land.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart ride entrance at Bowser’s Castle

You might be able to work around the long wait times if you’re willing to hop in the Single Rider Line! This line will sometimes be shorter.

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The wait times for the interactive games throughout Super Nintendo World do vary, but you can expect at least a 10 to 15 minute wait.

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Using an Express Pass VS. VIP Experience for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

So, you’re going to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood…and you’re looking into ticket options.

  • How can you have the most amazing time possible? 
  • Should you go for the more affordable Express Pass, or should you pay top dollar for the VIP Experience? 
  • What benefits will you receive out of each, and what do they cost?

So glad you asked…

Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass

With the Express Pass, you will be able to bypass the need for a reservation time to enter the land. Plus! 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride vehicle

The Express Pass comes at a more affordable cost, beginning at around $209.

However, it does NOT include front-of-the-line access to Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge ride.

VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood

With the VIP Experience, you will bypass the need for a reservation time, in addition to all the regular perks of the VIP Experience that guests will receive, including: 

  • A fantastic “VIP” meal
  • Priority access to ALL rides and attractions
  • Valet parking (included with the VIP Experience)
  • Snacks throughout the day

The Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience tickets begin at $379.

Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience Lanyard and Poncho

I recommend choosing either the Express Pass or the VIP Experience versus just a standard admission ticket. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

This is because entry into Super Nintendo World isn’t guaranteed (as it is such a new and in high-demand land), so choosing one of these two passes gives you a much better shot at getting on the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge ride.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride With NikkyJ

However, getting the VIP Experience allows you to get front-of-the-line access to the new Mario attraction.

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Rides in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood 

Speaking of the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge ride…Let’s talk about the most exciting part (in our opinion) of Super Nintendo World!

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge is THE main attraction in this new awesome world.

What to Expect on Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge

Inside the ride, you’ll wear special glasses – Want to know why?

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

Because this awesome ride is both 3D and 4D! 

The glasses slip onto the Mario visor helmets you receive when you enter the line. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride NikkyJ with VR hat

While you’re waiting in the queue, there are fascinating things to notice everywhere you look.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride VR hat

On the ride, you’ll help out Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach battle Team Bowser…

The game is challenging – making it fun for all ages.

How does the game work on Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge at Universal Studios?

You’ll toss out shells while steering along the courses that change and collecting lots of digital coins along the way. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

Plus, you’ll win bonus coins if you hit Team Bowser.

Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge ride is an attraction and game all in one, and Mario fans will not be disappointed. 

Plus, the game also varies every time you ride it – so there’s always a reason to come back!

What’s the Height Requirement for Mario Kart Bowser’s Challenge?

The height requirement for Mario Kart Bowser’s Challenge is 40 inches. If you’re shorter than 3’4”, you will need a riding companion. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

For more information about the exceptional new attraction at Super Nintendo World – check out the Universal Studios Hollywood site.

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Attractions and Experiences in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

This thrilling Mario World at Universal Studios Hollywood has mini-games and interactive experiences to partake in. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World

You will feel like you’re virtually inside a Mario video game the entire time they’re there!

The purpose of the games throughout the land is to hold your Power-Up band to the blocks and marked spaces throughout the land. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Games

Some areas have games, and some spots just access you more points. 

Sometimes you will earn digital stamps or stickers, and everything you collect will be viewable in the Universal Studios Hollywood app. 

Universal Studios Hollywood California Super Nintendo World App

Certain games will grant you keys in the app if you win!

Once you earn three of the keys, you can participate in Bowser Jr.’s Shadow Showdown. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Bowser Game

You can walk through and play the game against other Universal guests. It’s endless fun at Super Nintendo World!

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How to Get and Use the Power-Up Band in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

The Power-Up Band serves as your collector of all points, keys, digital stamps, and digital coins throughout your day. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Power Up Band

It connects to your Universal Studios Hollywood app to log your progress. 

When you reach a block with a question mark on it (just like the ones from Mario games), you can hold your Power-Up band to the designated circle and gain coins, etc. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Piranha Planet Game

This is how you’ll interact with the blocks!

Universal Studios Hollywood California Super Nintendo World App

Wait to hear the special sound designating that you earned in your digital collection.

You can also collect your score after riding “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.”

Where in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood do you get your Power-Up band? 

When you first enter the land, you’ll be able to purchase a Power-Up band for $40 at vending machines located right inside when you enter Super Nintendo World, as well as several designated Universal CityWalk locations! 

Just remember that the price can change at anytime.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World 1 Up Factory Store Merchandise

You can also purchase a Power-Up band inside the 1-Up Factory (a store inside Super Nintendo World!)

Universal Studios Hollywood California Super Nintendo World App

There are a whole host of Super Nintendo World stamps that dedicated fans can aim to earn. Plus, there are around 170+ to try to collect! 

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Super Nintendo World Store
CityWalk Store

Some are seasonal and can only be collected on certain holidays, etc.

Gamers can try to collect the following keys by playing mini-games in Mario Land:

  1. Piranha Plant Nap Mishap
  2.  Goomba Crazy Crank
  3.  Thwomp Panel Panic
  4.  Koopa Troopa POWer Punch

Once you’ve gathered at least three keys, it’s time to play in Bowser Jr.’s Shadow Showdown!

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Food in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

You’re going to get hungry when you’re walking around Universal Studios Hollywood – and, more specifically – Super Nintendo World.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Toadstool Cafe

So that’s when you’ll head over to Toadstool Café!

Toadstool Café

This thematic dining experience offers oh-so-tasty meals and snacks, and the inside is decorated to make you feel like you’re inside the world of Mario and friends.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Toadstool Cafe menu

The theme inside and out is mushrooms galore. 

There’s a huge red mushroom on the top of the café, and the idea is that Chef Toad has presented you with his top-tier delicacies.

What’s on the menu, you ask?

You’ll have your choice of: 

  • Piranga Plant Caprese
  • Super Mushroom Soup
  • Toadstool Cheesy Garlic Knots

Not-to-mention the Luigi Burger, Fire Flower Spaghetti & Meatballs, Princess Peach cupcake, and plenty of options for the kids as well! 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Toadstool Cafe

Are you catching on to the theme here?

The cafe offers a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, so all can enjoy a tasty meal. Don’t forget to grab a Super Mushroom collectible cup before you go!

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Character Meet-and-Greet in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

If you thought that the fun stopped at interactive games and a fantastic attraction, you’d be wrong!

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Princess Peach Castle. One of the best rides and attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Fans can also meet Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach in Super Nintendo World.

Catch Princess Peach at a special gazebo right by her amazing castle.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Princess Peach Castle

This might blow your mind – but Princess Peach’s eyes move, and her mouth does too. She can actually speak a few words. Revolutionary!

The same goes for Mario and Luigi – they can speak catchphrases and move their eyes.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Luigi and Mario character meet and greet

You’ll find them near the center of all of Super Nintendo World.

All three characters are happy to take photos with guests – and if you bring along your Power-Up band, it will enhance the experience even more.

Your Personal Itinerary for a Day in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

Now that you know what to expect, I will give you a fun itinerary for your trip out to this new land.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mushrooms

1. Get an Express Pass or Early Access

To plan your day at Super Nintendo World – Universal Studios Hollywood, I suggest that you purchase a Universal Express Pass OR an Early Access add-on to your ticket to guarantee the earliest entry possible. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Tickets for Express Pass and VIP Experience

2. Have Your Power-Up Band Ready

Make sure to purchase a Power-Up Band in advance of your Super Nintendo World day so that you don’t have to wait in line to purchase one.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

3. Head to Mario Kart

Once inside, walk straight over to Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

Impress your friends with your awesome score, and enjoy this impressive attraction experience.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World castle tunnel painting

At the end, don’t forget to record your score onto your Power-Up Band!

4. Get Your Points

Next up, start earning some coins and stamps. Use the digital map in the Universal Studios Hollywood app to find interactive spots.

Universal Studios Hollywood California Super Nintendo World App

Ask a Team Member for guidance if you need it.

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5. Have Lunch

Break for lunch at the fabulous Toadstool Café with the reservation you made this morning. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Luigi and Mario walking next to Toadstool Cafe

Enjoy the food and drinks, and then head back out to earn more coins and stamps while also making a plan of how you’ll earn your three keys!

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6. Meet Mario and Friends and Get More Points!

Around mid-afternoon, make your way over to the Meet-and-Greet areas to chat with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Princess Peach meeting area with Mario and Luigi walking by

Take photos with all the characters and access fun features with your Power-Up Band.

7. Complete the Final Challenge

Once you have earned your three keys, take them over to Bowser Jr.’s Shadow Showdown.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World entrance to Mario Kart

This is located in Bowser Jr.’s Lair to the right of the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge attraction to play the game and test your skills!

8. Go Shopping

Don’t forget to stop in to the 1-Up Factory store before the end of your night!

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Store

Buy some fun merchandise to remember your incredible day with Mario and friends.

9. Make Your Friends Jealous!

Lastly, go home and brag to all your friends about your impressive scores and coins that you earned!

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

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Merchandise in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

1-UP Factory at Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Hollywood is THE place to go for awesome merchandise.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World 1 Up Store Merchandise

Shop until you drop!

Inside, you’ll find hats that your favorite characters wear, as well as plush toys, patches, pins, t-shirts, pens, and lots and lots of candy. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Merchandise at 1 Up Store

Grab a collectible Toad Sipper, totes, magnets, or a coffee mug. Adorable Nintendo-themed pajamas, hats, etc.

You name it; they have it!

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Top 5 Beginner Tips for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

I know that you want to have the ultimate experience at Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Hollywood. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World

So, check out my top 5 beginner tips below to help you have the easiest and most fun day possible.

1. Start Early

The most important tip (in my opinion) is to arrive at least 30 minutes before opening. 

Universal Studios Hollywood NikkyJ in front of Famous Globe and Red Carpet

Currently, the land opens at 9:00 a.m. unless you have an Early Access add-on. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

Be sure to be there super early to guarantee that you’ll be able to get to all the experiences and attractions that you want.

2. Get a Lunch Reservation

Make a reservation at Toadstool Café as EARLY in the day as possible. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Toadstool Cafe menu

You have to wait until you’re inside the park to make the reservation, so don’t forget to prioritize this if you want to have lunch or dinner prepared by Chef Toad! 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Popcorn Snacks

In order to make the reservation, look for the QR codes right near the entrance of the world. You’ll scan the code and be able to make your reservation from there.

3. Buy Your Power-Up Band as Soon as You Arrive at Universal Studios Hollywood

You can buy Power-Up bands at several locations throughout Super Nintendo World and also throughout Universal CityWalk. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Character Shop

I recommend that if you have the luxury of an additional day in Universal before your day at Super Nintendo World, buy your Power-Up band the day before. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

This will save you time on the day of Super Nintendo World because you won’t have to stop and purchase them.

You won’t miss any opportunities to collect coins or stamps.

4. Don’t Forget Your Power-Up Band for the Characters

Make sure to bring your Power-Up band to the character meet-and-greets if you do them. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Luigi Character walking around

This will enable you to have an extra unique experience when taking a photo with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach!

5. Ride Mario Kart First!

Head to the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge ride first once you’re inside Super Nintendo World. 

The lines can get super long, and you don’t want to miss out on your chance to ride!

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My Final Thoughts on Visiting Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

There’s so much unfolding at Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World Mario Kart Bowsers Challenge Ride

I just know there will be even more coming soon! 

Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World

Keep checking back for more exciting updates from Super Nintendo World, and don’t forget to keep all of the tips from this guide in mind when you’re planning your upcoming visit!

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

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About the Author

My name is Nikky. I’m a wife, a mother, a pharmacist turned theme park blogger, USA Today 10Best Contributor, and a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related!

Traveling alone to the parks has changed my life and I want to show how you can create your own solo theme park memories.

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(Original Article Date: June 24, 2023/Updated on March 3, 2024)

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