Nintendo announces the opening of the “Donkey Kong” zone at Universal Studios Japan in 2024


The general view shows the Yoshi’s Adventure attraction inside Super Nintendo World, a new attraction area featuring the popular video game character Mario which is scheduled to open to the public on March 18, during a preview of the press at Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka, western Japan on March 17, 2021. Photo taken on March 17, 2021. REUTERS / Irene Wang / Files

TOKYO, Sept. 28 (Reuters) – Japan-based Nintendo Co Ltd (7974.T) announced on Tuesday that a “Donkey Kong” themed expansion to its “Super Nintendo World” at Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka will open in 2024.

A “Super Mario” themed area opened in the park this year as part of a major expansion of Nintendo’s efforts to diversify its business beyond consoles. The opening was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the recently announced expansion, “guests will be able to take a walk on the wild side through the lush jungles where Donkey Kong and his friends live,” the Kyoto-based game maker said in a statement.

The zone, based on one of Nintendo’s most enduring franchises, will feature roller coasters and interactive experiences and increase the size of its thematic zone by 70%.

Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Kim Coghill and Ana Nicolaci da Costa

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