We’re only six months (at most!) away from the opening of Nintendo’s big new theme park at Universal Studios, Osaka. That means it’s time to not only get a big hype trailer, but some actual information on the place as well, including a very cool, very Mario feature.

It’s a pretty good vid, hinting at what’s to come from two of the park’s rides (Mario Kart and Yoshi), as well as introducing a smartphone app that works alongside a band that can be purchased when you arrive.

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An accompanying Japanese press event says the app allows you to walk around the park smacking blocks, and in doing so earning coins (and sometimes stars). A park leaderboard will track those collecting the most, while some areas also contain “boss battles” in which several guests can team up in some way.

Image: Famitsu
Image: Famitsu

UPDATE: Here’s the smartphone + watch in action, via Bloomberg. This is going to move grown adults to tears.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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