Super Nintendo World is an collaboration between Nintendo and Universal studios to open up a series of Nintendo theme parks. The first is planned to open in Universal Studios Tokyo to coincide with the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. Future parks will also open in Hollywood and Florida inside renovated portions of Universal Studios parks at those locations.
Staffers working with on the park programming announced several planned attractions today. In addition to the previously leaked Mario Kart racing track, there are plans for a Donkey Kong barrel-themed roller coaster and a sort of forest-like maze with moving rooms to simulate the Lost Woods from various Zelda games.
Nintendo will also be focusing heavily on virtual reality technology in the park, which is why I'm posting this here. The existing Mario Kart VR experience will be brought in and expanded upon, but more importantly to us, they also are working on a Star Fox VR experience. Details are scarce, but it seems that they are reworking some of the technology and levels from Star Fox Zero to work in a VR space, where aiming is done with head motions, and flight is handled with a joystick. Riders will be elevated in a flight simulator-style enclosure that will visually mimic the real cockpit of an Arwing, and move around and shake in time with the gameplay in the goggles. Also cool: the mockup images show the line to the attraction will wrap around a 1-1 scale replica of an Arwing, and the entire attraction takes place inside an area designed to look like the Great Fox's hangar bay.
Other details are few and far between, but we did get a look at an artist's animated mockup of the Star Fox attraction.
Update: False alarm people! Sorry about that. It seems that this news story was a fake! No doubt the devious, intelligent, yet handsome individual responsible for this report was able to pull a fast one on us, and on April Fools' Day no less! How could I have been so deceived?