A merchandise bag from Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan features a cameo from an unexpected Nintendo character: a red Pikmin! Despite the name of the attraction, Super Nintendo World focuses predominantly on characters from the Super Mario family, as opposed to franchises like Star Fox, Animal Crossing, or Metroid. The Pikmin's appearance here is the first time that fans have seen any other character owned by the company in the park. Whether or not this cameo will lead to something inside the attraction itself remains to be seen. Images of the bag were posted on Twitter by @Journey3310, and can be found in the Tweet embedded below!
ほんまや！ピクミンおる！なんで！？ pic.twitter.com/YHLp1ykFnt— EN417フジ USJと任天堂ファン (@journey3310) October 15, 2020
Super Nintendo World will feature a ride based on Mario Kart, as well as Power Up bands that allow players to collect "coins" around the park. Should the attraction prove popular enough, it seems like a safe bet that it could be expanded to include additional Nintendo properties beyond the Mario family. While Pikmin might seem like an unusual inclusion given the popularity of some of Nintendo's other IPs, the series holds a special place in the heart of Shigeru Miyamoto. Given the way that Nintendo seems to be working closely with Universal on the attraction, that might have played some role in the cameo's selection.
Super Nintendo World was originally intended to open in Universal Studios Japan over the summer, but the opening was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The attraction will now open in spring 2021, but a Mario-themed cafe and store will open on October 16th. Super Nintendo World will eventually make its way to Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Orlando. Construction on the former kicked-off in August, but American fans will likely have a significant wait ahead of them.
Until Nintendo and Universal indicate otherwise, it seems that the Pikmin cameo is likely just a fun reference for Nintendo fans to discover. If it is something more, fans might not know until the attraction opens. In the meantime, you can check out all of our previous coverage of Super Nintendo World right here.
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