How to use your Power-Up Band at Super Nintendo World

By Olivia Richman


Feb 13, 2023

Reading time: 3 min

Super Nintendo World is opening on February 17, 2023, allowing fans from all over the world to journey into the Mushroom Kingdom. But to get the most out of your time at the park, you’ll want to consider a Power-Up Band. Here is how it works, so you’re ready to get a high score when you visit!

The Power-Up Band is a bracelet that’s connected to the Universal Studios Hollywood app, which now has a section dedicated to Super Nintendo World. While the Power-Up Band isn’t necessary, the reusable band will make the experience more interactive by keeping score of everything you do every time you visit and allowing you to compete with other park-goers.

There are six designs based on popular Mario characters available at a variety of stores throughout Universal. This includes the 1-Up Factory within Super Nintendo World, of course, but you may be better off buying one before entering the park so you can jump right into the competition. The six designs are:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Princess Peach
  • Princess Daisy
  • Yoshi
  • Toad
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The character you pick will put you on their team. That means there are six teams competing inside the park at any given time. You want to get your team the most points possible by completing various challenges throughout the park. These range from hitting coin blocks and doing mini-games.

Throughout the day, you can check your app to see how many coins you have collected and how your team is ranked out of the six teams in the park.

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How to get coins at Super Nintendo World

The biggest draw of Super Nintendo World is Mario Kart: Bowser’s Revenge, a 4D ride that allows you to interact with enemies on the track. You can tap your Power-Up Band on the steering wheel at the start of the ride to ensure that the coins you collect are also dropped into your app.

There are also three mini-games throughout Super Nintendo World that require you to complete a small challenge to get more coins and unlock a key. Completing these mini-games will also earn you a special stamp on the app. These stamps are a mystery, which means you’ll have to figure out how to get them all by experimenting with various interactive objects.

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You can also get coins by hitting blocks placed around Super Nintendo World. Some are very obvious and can be seen within the main area of the park, but some require a bit of exploring to uncover. You can only hit the blocks a certain number of times, but you can always come back and do it again if you want to collect more coins.

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The last way to collect coins is to wear your Power-Up Band during character meet-and-greets. Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach are scheduled to appear throughout the day in various parts of the park.

Learn more about purchasing a Power-Up Band and setting up your app here.


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