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Universal Studios Japan bets $545m on Super Nintendo World

Osaka's Hollywood theme park intends to open attraction before Tokyo Olympics

Executives at Universal Studios Japan expect the theme park's next big draw to be a mustachioed Italian plumber. (Photo by Maho Obata) 

OSAKA -- The operator of Universal Studios Japan is making its biggest investment ever, 60 billion yen ($545 million), in Mario-themed attractions that will open this summer, with the Nintendo franchise expected to be its next big draw.

Super Nintendo World, a collaboration with the iconic Japanese game maker, will be composed of attractions and restaurants featuring characters including the mustachioed Italian plumber and the dinosaur Yoshi. Plans are for the zone to debut before the Tokyo Olympics, which start on July 24.

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