First glimpses of Super Nintendo World emerge

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  • Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Japan is set to launch in 2020
  • A preview ceremony was held on Thursday at the much-anticipated park
  • Newly-released images show the attraction boasts realistic Mario Land sets 

Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline

Super Mario fans can now turn their gaming dreams into reality, thanks to a new theme park set to open in Japan.

Sneak peek images of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Osaka have surfaced, with the official launch date pegged for 2020.

Photos from Universal Studios Japan and tweeted by @LCASTUDIOS_USJ show scenery from the Mario game, complete with piranha plants, brick blocks and bright green turf.

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Gamer's dream: Sneak peek images of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Osaka have surfaced, with the official launch date pegged for 2020

Gamer's dream: Sneak peek images of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Osaka have surfaced, with the official launch date pegged for 2020

Gamer’s dream: Sneak peek images of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Osaka have surfaced, with the official launch date pegged for 2020

Behind-the-scenes: Photos tweeted by @LCASTUDIOS_USJ show scenery from the Mario game, complete with piranha plants, brick blocks and bright green turf

Behind-the-scenes: Photos tweeted by @LCASTUDIOS_USJ show scenery from the Mario game, complete with piranha plants, brick blocks and bright green turf

Behind-the-scenes: Photos tweeted by @LCASTUDIOS_USJ show scenery from the Mario game, complete with piranha plants, brick blocks and bright green turf

A video also posted shows that real-life Mario was on hand to help with a special preview ceremony on Thursday.

Footage shows him jogging along and imitating the computer game character.

At one point he kicks a ‘koopa’ along – the fictional tortoise-like creature from the Mario series. 

Work to be done: Currently the designated area is a building site, with various attractions under cover

Work to be done: Currently the designated area is a building site, with various attractions under cover

Work to be done: Currently the designated area is a building site, with various attractions under cover

Other images uploaded to the Facebook page for @LCASTUDIOS_USJ show that there is still lots of work to be done.

Currently the designated area is a building site, with various attractions under cover. 

Donkey Kong and Mario Kart themed rides are in the pipeline, with initial plans leaked online.

The Nintendo-Universal partnership was first unveiled in November.  

Work in progress: Universal Studios Japan also leaked potential plans for Donkey Kong and Mario Kart themed attractions 

Work in progress: Universal Studios Japan also leaked potential plans for Donkey Kong and Mario Kart themed attractions 

Work in progress: Universal Studios Japan also leaked potential plans for Donkey Kong and Mario Kart themed attractions 

A computer rendering reveals what park-goers can expect to see at Super Nintendo World

A computer rendering reveals what park-goers can expect to see at Super Nintendo World

A computer rendering reveals what park-goers can expect to see at Super Nintendo World

Two more parks from the collaboration are set to open at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. 

In a release, Nintendo said the attractions will be ‘expansive, immersive and interactive’ so that park-goers will ‘feel as if they are playing inside their favourite games’.

The gaming giant added that the park will offer ‘something for everyone – regardless of their age or gaming experience level’.

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