A Mario Kart ride will be among attractions at a Super Nintendo World to open at Universal Studios Japan in the new year.

The world’s first theme park area dedicated to the video game’s characters in Osaka will start accepting fans from February 4.

Super Nintendo World will feature Mario Kart- and Yoshi-themed rides and attractions such as a castle, as well as restaurants, shops and other experiences.

The expansion comes despite Universal Studios Japan operating at restricted capacity due to Covid-19.

Mario Kart innovation and global executive producer Thomas Geraghty said: “At the heart of the castle lies the world’s first ever Mario Kart theme park ride based on the Mario Kart series of games, which have sold over 150 million units.

“Universal Creative has partnered with Nintendo to bring a real-life racing adventure to Universal Studios Japan with Mario  Kart: Koopa’s Challenge!

“Guests will put on their headset which takes them through the Mario Kart universe to experience never-ending excitement and thrills.”