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Super Nintendo World's Donkey Kong Expansion Appears to be Under Construction

Super Nintendo World's Donkey Kong Expansion Appears to be Under Construction - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2021 / 1,269 Views

After many delays, Super Nintendo World had its grand opening at Universal Studios Japan on March 18. 

Universal has yet to officially announce a Donkey Kong expansion for Super Nintendo World, however, images of a concept model have been posted online that are clearly Donkey Kong-themed. The concept suggests there will be a mini car rollercoaster. 

It now appears Universal Studios Japan has begun construction on the Donkey Kong-themed expansion to Super Nintendo World. The area under construction is next to Super Nintendo World and even has a jungle-themed backdrop. 

Super Nintendo World will open in the US at Universal's upcoming theme park, Epic Universe. Construction on the theme park was delayed in July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, in March construction had resumed. The US park isn't expected to open for many years. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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29 Comments
S.Peelman (on 01 August 2021)

Neat. Seems like a logical next step for the Nintendo World after the main Mario area. Further extensions could probably a Zelda and Pokemon subarea. I hope I get the chance to visit one day. Or, even better, Universal makes a European park finally.

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CaptainExplosion S.Peelman (on 01 August 2021)

If this turns out to not be a Donkey Kong park I'll be even more pissed.

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Kakadu18 CaptainExplosion (on 02 August 2021)

Why wouldn't it be and what could it be instead?

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CaptainExplosion Kakadu18 (on 02 August 2021)

Probably just more Mario stuff.

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Kakadu18 CaptainExplosion (on 02 August 2021)

The concept model looks completely like Donkey Kong to me, there's even his face up there.

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CaptainExplosion Kakadu18 (on 02 August 2021)

How do we know this concept model isn't just fan made?

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Kakadu18 CaptainExplosion (on 02 August 2021)

We don't know anything.

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CaptainExplosion Kakadu18 (on 02 August 2021)

But based on Nintendo's recent treatment of Donkey Kong, ESPECIALLY the fact that they ignored his 40th anniversary, I still doubt it's a Donkey Kong expansion to the park.

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padib Kakadu18 (on 02 August 2021)

Plus a barrel with an arrow, it's DKC

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CaptainExplosion padib (on 03 August 2021)

As I said, how do we know this concept model isn't just fan made?

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padib CaptainExplosion (on 03 August 2021)

That iDK!

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CaptainExplosion padib (on 03 August 2021)

Exactly, now stop giving false hope.

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padib CaptainExplosion (on 03 August 2021)

Make your own ideas I am only stating observations!

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CaptainExplosion padib (on 03 August 2021)

I've made my own ideas lots already, I'm just sick of Nintendo ignoring their other IPs in favor of endless Mario shit.

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padib CaptainExplosion (on 03 August 2021)

1st world problems my friend, breathe life is beautiful

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CaptainExplosion padib (on 03 August 2021)

You just don't get how much Donkey Kong means to me and a lot of other people, just like Nintendo doesn't realize that either. -_-

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Kakadu18 CaptainExplosion (on 03 August 2021)

Chill, there will be another DK game eventually.

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CaptainExplosion Kakadu18 (on 03 August 2021)

There should've been one made earlier for this year as a celebration of DK's 40th anniversary, but NOOOOOOO, at E3 we got "SOOPUR MUNKIE BAWL, HYUK HYUK!!" instead.

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S.Peelman CaptainExplosion (on 04 August 2021)

Super Monkey Ball isn't Nintendo's doing though, and is separate from whether or not a Donkey Kong game happens.

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CaptainExplosion S.Peelman (on 04 August 2021)

It was still an insult that they put that in instead of any Donkey Kong related announcements ON DONKEY KONG'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY.

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S.Peelman CaptainExplosion (on 04 August 2021)

If you say so.

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Kakadu18 CaptainExplosion (on 04 August 2021)

Super Monkey Ball is from Sega. They just payed Nintendo to show it in their direct.
It takes years to develop games nowadays. Maybe a DK game is in development right now, who knows?

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CaptainExplosion Kakadu18 (on 06 August 2021)

I just said stop giving me false hope.

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Kakadu18 S.Peelman (on 02 August 2021)

A European park would be great.

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S.Peelman Kakadu18 (on 02 August 2021)

Doubt it’ll happen. Disney Paris and a small handful of other parks have the theme park market cornered. At one point in the 2000s Universal owned Port Aventura near Barcelona but that park is on it’s own again.

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CaptainExplosion S.Peelman (on 02 August 2021)

Well then we'll just have to tip the balance in Universal's favor then.

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CaptainExplosion (on 01 August 2021)

Please be real. Donkey Kong really needs to be brought back into the mainstream.

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CaptainExplosion (on 01 August 2021)

Why am I the only one here who actually cares about this?!!

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